Thursday, December 6, 2012

December 6

“For most of human history, 'literature,' both fiction and poetry, has been narrated, not written — heard, not read. So fairy tales, folk tales, stories from the oral tradition, are all of them the most vital connection we have with the imaginations of the ordinary men and women whose labor created our world.”
Angela Carter

Today we read and talked about "The Emperor's New Clothes."  Why did all of those people lie to the Emperor?  Why was a child the only one who told him the truth?

Here are news "bites" and compliments from the class:

 " I enjoyed today's fairy tale." Catalina

 "I liked it when Sami played "Make the Sum" with me during math." Colin
"It was nice when Hannah played "Cats and Mice" with me during math." William
"Thanks to Mrs. Robb for helping me when I got stuck during math.  After she helped, I understood what to do!" Seth
"Evan played a math game with me." Cole
" Madeline played "Make the Sum" with me during math." Della
"Bailey played a math game with me when everyone else was busy working." Riley
"It was nice of Kora to play a math game with me." Savannah

As you can tell from reading their compliments, we have been spending much of math working on individual and partner "games" to increase our fluency and strategies for adding and subtracting to 20.
The time we spend on math Work Places can be a little bit loud, but the students are engaged in important learning.  This is an important time of learning each day and I encourage each student to use their time well.

Remember homework and library books tomorrow!

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