November 3rd, 2008
Spelling: Students corrected missed spelling test words on a Words to Learn list. This is your student’s customized spelling list to study for the next test.
Cursive: Cursive pp. 36-38 are available and due Friday. We are almost finished with our review of the lowercase cursive alphabet. This might be a good time to have your student write a few sentences in cursive and look at their letter formation, neatness and speed.
Reading: Today was a reading day in Literature Circles; some groups worked on questioning as a reading strategy.
Writing: We discussed using precise nouns in writing:
- instruction manual, not car booklet;
- rust, not brown stuff;
- hubcap, not wheel cover.
A personal narrative, based on a true story (slightly fictionalized), is due November 7. This will be the final writing grade of the first marking period.
Math: We reviewed data landmarks today, especially determining data landmarks from tally charts. Homework is to complete the Check Your Understanding problems on p. 65 of the Student Reference Book.
Science: We reviewed last week’s experiment, What is White Light Made of? about using a prism to separate white light into colored light. We learned that the visible spectrum is made of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet light, always in that order. We also listened to a song to remind us of these colors:
Social Studies: Students completed a MiniQuiz over the Southwest, using the illustrated mind maps they made in class. We also used the mind maps to write notes in our minibooks about the Southwest.
- Yellow magnets: 3
- Orange magnets: 0
- Red magnets: 0
- STAR Awards: 0
- Magnets moved this week (goal: 10): 4
- Hours with no orange magnets (record: 29): 136
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