October 7th, 2008
Spelling: We practiced reading homographs (words that are spelled the same but have different pronunciations or meanings) in sentences. Try a few:
- The bandage was wound around the wound.
- The farm was used to produce produce.
- The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
- We must polish the Polish furniture.
- He could lead if he would get the lead out.
- The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
- Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present .
- A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
- When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
- I did not object to the object.
Cursive: Cursive pp. 24-26 are due Friday.
Reading: Students planned Literature Circles projects to tell the class about they books they have just read. The projects will be shared on Friday.
Writing: Students had another chance to complete a free write in which they wrote down as many details as they could remember in a 3-5 minute time period. The details, which don’t need to be in sentence form, can be used in their rough draft.
The next piece of writing, a personal narrative, will be due October 17. Students have been informed that writing pieces less that two pages (if handwritten) in length will probably not have enough information to help the reader understand the piece clearly.
Math: Today we played a game to review for the geometry test coming up tomorrow. The test will assess the following concepts:
- Recognizing, naming and drawing two- and three-dimensional figures
- Determining edges, faces, vertices and face shapes of 3-D figures
- Naming and drawing rays, lines, line segments and angles
- Recognizing symmetry and transformations (flips, turns, slides)
Science: We reviewed the experiments from yesterday and wrote notes in our minibooks about how tension is related to pitch. Homework is to complete the Good Vibrations response sheet.
Social Studies: Students turned in their Northeast: Appalachian Mountains, forests and factories WordSort and we started to learn about the four seasons fo the Northeast.
- Yellow magnets: 3
- Orange magnets: 3
- Red magnets: 0
- STAR Awards: 0
- Magnets moved this week (goal: 10): 10
- Hours with no orange magnets (record: 29): 1
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