November 10th, 2006
Spelling: Today students wrote sentences for homophone pairs and their partners tried to indentify which homophone fit in the sentences.
Cursive: Cursive worksheets pp. 33-35 were reviewed today.
Reading: Students previewed and voted for the following new Literature Circles books:
- Mummies in the Morning, by Mary Pope Osborne
- Keeper of the Doves, by Betsy Byars
- The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, by Barbara Robinson
- The Bad Beginning, by Lemony Snicket
- A Year Down Yonder, by Richard Peck
Writing: Today’s minilesson was how to find the correct spelling of a word (look it up, ask someone, look around the room, look on the 500 Core Word list, write it different ways). Students also continued to prewrite and should be ready to start drafting on Monday. The next piece of writing is due December 1.
Math: Students took part in Math Skills today, and completed a MiniQuiz over bar graphs and addition.
Science Inquiry: Students explored the following inquiry stations:
- Flight (airplanes and parachutes)
- Weight (with a digital scale)
- Electricity (circuits)
- Ramps and rollers (using the donated cardboard tubes!)
This open exploration is preparing students for when they will explore topics of interest, design experiments and make discoveries.
Veteran’s Day Assembly: We also had an assembly today for Veteran’s Day. Students received a flag, learned about the Color Guard, learned how the flag is folded and what the folds mean, and asked questions of the veterans.
- Yellows: four magnets
- Oranges: no magnets
- Reds: no magnets
Ask your student what kind of choices they made.
- Juice Volunteers for Friday, December 1: Shawn and Alison. Click here for a full list of juice volunteers.
- Book orders are due on Friday, November 17. Visit the Online Book Order page to order by credit card online.
- We are looking for donations of cardboard tubes (toilet tissue, paper towel, wrapping paper) for class projects. The tubes can be sent in any time during the year; this project will be on-going. Thanks for any help you can give!