## Friday, September 14, 2012

### Have a great weekend!!

Sorry I missed blogging last night.  I was so tired after Moe's night and playing with my own kids that I didn't have it in me, so I will do a double tonight.

Thursday Number of the Day: 13;  I introduced the number of the day on Thursday.  The students will use this number to practice many of the skills they learned in second grade, for example: 1 more, 1 less, 10 more, 10 less, words, with pictures, odd and even numbers, etc.  This will make sure that they have these basic skills down for when we begin addition and subtraction.

Morning Journal:  What is your favorite type of music and why?

Writing Workshop:  We read a regular fairy tale and a fractured fairy tale.  We looked at how they have changed the fractured fairy tale and we worked on our own fairy tales to share with the class.

Reading Workshop:  I introduced the Global Children's Challenge.  We are beginning our journey at Niagara Falls, Canada.  The students will receive their pedometers next week on September 19th and we will take a journey around the world.  If you want to find out more about this great project, please go on gccjunior.org.

Math Workshop:  We reviewed all of the different types of charts and graphs:  tally mark chart, frequency chart, tally mark graph, bar graph, pictograph, line graph, and dot plot.  We took our test on the first 12 questions today and we will finish the test on Monday.

Science:  We finished the final two tests on our minerals: hardness and magnetism.  Hardness is based on the Moh's Scale of 1-10.  One is the softest and can't even be scratch by a fingernail. Five is in the middle of hardness and can be scratch by a penny, and 10 is at the top of hardness and can't be scratch by a nail. We tested the hardness of our minerals by scratching each of them and trying to see if it left a mark with a fingernail, penny, or nail.  We tested the magnetism by holding up a regular magnet and seeing if it attracted the mineral.

SS:  We learned that the Cherokee Indians settled in the Blue Ridge Region for the rivers and farm land.  Each tribe is ruled by a chief and tribal council.  It is ultimately the women's decision to go to war or keep the peace.  They made pottery, fished, hunted, and farmed the land.  They had a square home made of sticks in the summer and a round home with no windows for the winter.  The Catawba Indians settled in the Piedmont.  The Catawba River is named for these Native Americans.  They also had a chief, but he ruled this tribe.  They only had one home for both the winter and summer.  They made pottery, fished, hunted, and farmed the land.

The fundraiser is due no later than Monday morning at 8:00 am!!!