November 2nd, 2009
Spelling: We learned that the letter h following an s, t, w, c and p make a new sound. These two-letter combinations are called digraphs (cat/chat, ten/then, were/where, sell/shell).
Cursive: Cursive worksheet pp. 18-20 are available and due Friday.
Reading: Today was a reading day in Literature Circles.
Writing: We talked today about the difference between a list and “slow motion writing.” A list is…
First, I woke up. Then I got out of bed. Then I brushed my teeth.
Slow motion writing turns a list into a story…
Beep, beep, beep. I hate that alarm clock, I thought to myself. I flipped the blue covers off me and swung my feet out of bed. Still feeling a little sleepy, I slipped my feet into my slippers and padded toward the bathroom. I clicked the light on, and my eyes squinted in defense. It was bright! I grabbed my green toothbrush and spread a little Crest across the top. A few dips into the stream of cold water, and I was ready to freshen up my mouth.
The difference between a list and slow motion writing is noticeable. One tells what happened, the other one lets the reader see the story as it is happening. One is skimpy and fast, the other lets the reader look around and experience all that is happening. Check with your student and see if they are writing their personal narrative in a slow motion way, or if it’s just a quick list without any life.
The next piece of writing will be a personal narrative that has been slightly fictionalized, or, in other words, a personal narrative based on a true story. This piece of writing will be due Friday, November 6. This will be the final writing piece of the first marking period. Students should be revising by now.
Math: Students learned the trade-first method of subtraction. In the method, students set up the problem by first making all their trades (another word for “borrow”), then subtracting at the end. This helps students to remember to trade and eliminates mistakes. Students also completed a bar graph MiniQuiz today. Homework is to finish Journal pp. 46 and 48.
Science: Students completed an experiment with spring scales by measuring the weight, in grams, of several different objects in the room. Homework is to finish the experiment’s conclusion questions if not done in class.
Social Studies: None today due extra time with writing.
- Yellow magnets: 4
- Orange magnets: 1
- Red magnets: 0
- STAR Awards: 0
- Magnets moved this week (goal: 10): 5
- The end of the First Marking Period is Friday, November 6.
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Every student in Room 130 leaves improved and prepared for 5th grade.