November 14th, 2006
Spelling: Today students practiced inserting there/their/they’re homophones into sentences.
Cursive: Cursive worksheets pp. 36-38 were made available this week and are due on Friday.
Reading: Students received their new Literature Circles books and determined their daily reading assignment.
Writing: Today we began a unit on narrative writing (story). We learned today that all stories have three elements:
- People (characters)
- Places (setting)
- Plot (the action)
Students also worked on prewriting and should be ready to start drafting tomorrow.
Math: We continued playing a game to pratice determining data landmarks such as minimum, maximum, range, mode and median. At the conclusion of the game, students took a short MiniQuiz to assess their knowledge of data landmarks. We also learned a new method of subtracting, called the “trade-first method.” This method is very similar to the one students already use, with the difference being that all the trading (or borrowing) is done first, before doing any subtracting. Homework is to finish math journal pp. 46 and 49.
Science: We reviewed the recent conductors and insulators experiment. Students learned that electrical conductors are metal, and insulators are not.
Social Studies: We played Jeopardy with student Jeopardy questions, and that assignment was collected for a grade. We also watched to SchoolHouse Rock videos about a bill becoming a law and the branches of government.
- Yellows: one magnet
- Oranges: no magnets
- Reds: no magnets
Ask your student what kind of choices they made.
- Conferences have begun. Click here for a list of conference times.
- 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!