November 27th, 2007
Spelling: We reviewed the digraphs, sh, th, wh, ch and ph. This will be the skill tested tomorrow on the spelling test.
Cursive: Cursive pages 44-46 are available and due Friday.
Reading: Today was a discussion day shortened by Recess of Choice training. Some groups worked on fix up strategies, such as rereading.
Writing: We talked about making characters “come to life” by writing realistic dialogue and describing how the characters act. Today was also a publishing day. The next piece of writing is due tomorrow, November 28.
Math: Today was the math test over these concepts:
- data landmarks (maximum, minimum, median, mode, range)
- bar graphs
- reading and writing large numbers (up to millions)
- identifying the value of digits in a number (the 9 in 598 is worth 90)
Science: We learned about how incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs work. We had a light bulb dissection also planned, but the class had an issue with time mismanagement.
Social Studies: The time mismanagement problems carried over to social studies and made it hard for us to learn about the local level of government. As a result of our inefficiency, the class has two homework assignments:
- Complete a chart, drawn in class, that shows who works in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the county, city and state government levels (we ran out of learning time in class due to poor choices, so the learning has to happen at home).
- Write Jeopardy! questions (worksheet here) about the state government.
- Yellow magnets: 0
- Orange magnets: 0
- Red magnets: 0
- STAR Awards: 0
Check your student’s Personal and Social Growth grade at SnapGrades to see if your student moved their magnet.
- Capitol Field Trip on Tuesday, December 4. Click here for more information or a permission slip. Let me know if you would like to chaperone.
- Want an electronic dictionary? Orders are due Friday, November 29 and the cost is $20.
- View grades, assignments and even the report card at SnapGrades.
- Check out our class calendar to stay up-to-date.
- This week’s juice volunteers: thanks to responsible and generous families, we have a juice backlog, so no juice volunteers needed for a few weeks!