Monday, April 9, 2012

It's Mexico!

We had to pick a country to represent at the Pineville "Olympics: aka field day" on Thursday and we took a class vote and decided on Mexico. I had the students write a short paragraph about which country they would like to represent and why, then we had a class debate. The class took a vote and Mexico won by a land slide. We will create the Mexican flag tomorrow and wave them proudly at the opening games on Thursday at 10:30.

Morning Journal: I had a fantastic break. What did you do over your spring break? This quarter we have upped our sentence quota to twelve sentences per morning journal. This will fully prepare them to write a complete paper in fourth grade.

Morning Math: Expanded Form, 3-dimensional shapes, addition, subtraction, multiplication.

Math: FRACTIONS!!!! Today I introduced equal parts of a whole with the numerator being the top number of a fraction and the bottom number being the denominator. We looked at shapes split into halves, thirds, fourths, fifths, sixths, sevenths, eighths, tenths, and twelfths. Fractions are always a difficult concept for students. Please review this each night with your child.

Reading: We looked at the genre of directions. We looked at the different QAR (Question, Answer, Relationships): Right There, On My Own, Think and Search, and Author and Me. We will continue to look more in depth at passages and how to apply all of the skills and strategies we have learned this school year.

AR: New goals are being set for the fourth and final quarter of the year. ALL of our students made their goals for the third quarter. Please come out and celebrate with us on Friday, April 20th.

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