September 15th, 2008
Spelling: We reviewed the idea that some words have silent letters.
Cursive: Cursive pp. 18-20 are available and due Friday.
Reading: None today due to poor choices and misused time.
Writing: We reviewed the five phases of writing:
- Prewriting: students gather ideas, make a list or web, and brainstorm
- Drafting: students write a first draft, skipping lines
- Revising: students look again at their writing to add or remove ideas, trying to make it better
- Proofreading/editing: students improve spelling, punctuation, capitals and other features to make the writing easy to read
- Publishing: students write a final copy that can be read by others
Homework is for students to look through their authority list in their writer’s folder and select a topic to write about.
Portfolios are also due tomorrow. Students were asked to decorate their portfolio with drawings, photographs, stickers, magazine clippings–anything that is flat (the folders will be laminated) and is appropriate for school.
Math: None today due to art and poor choices. We’ll grade the math homework from last week tomorrow at recess.
Science: We finished up the Energy Fair today.
Social Studies: We started a unit on regions of the US by labeling a US map with state names and region areas. Homework is to finish labeling and coloring the Regions of the US map.
Behavior Homework: The class is still learning how to manage their time effectively. We’ve spent quite a bit of time on talking, moving magnets, practicing walking in line, practicing lunch count, practicing how to sit in an assembly. The unfortunate side effect of all this High Fives practice is that there is less time to finish work during school; hence, the homework. I’ve also given the class the homework assignment of writing a half page about how the class can better show the High Fives.
- Yellow magnets: 5
- Orange magnets: 3
- Red magnets: 0
- STAR Awards: 0
- Magnets moved this week (goal: 10): 8
- Hours with no orange magnets: 0
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