Friday, February 21, 2014

Friday February 21

We continue to have busy, learning filled days.

This morning began with independent literacy activities.  This independent time gives me the opportunity to conference with students in small groups or one-on-one to help them improve their reading and writing.
You should see this work come home on Friday.  Sometimes the work can seem sloppy because the students are rushing through their writing, so I have been requiring students to redo work that is too sloppy to read or understand.

After library and a quick recess, we learned a math game where students use an open number line (marked from 0 to 1, 000) to "jump - a - hundred" -  after five turns, the winner is the person closest to 500 wins.  This is an example of a student using an open number line to add.  We will be exploring this mathematical model more over the next few weeks as part of one Common Core Standard for mathematics. 

After lunch, we had independent reading opportunities, then we observed our "egg"-speriment.
We submerged one boiled egg in soda (sugar), and another in vinegar (acid).  Ask your students about the results- hopefully it was a good lesson about why we should brush our teeth.

We ended the day learning more about the names of the different kinds of teeth and what they are used for from the story "Open Wide, Tooth School Inside", then created a "spinner" to show what we learned.  Whew!  After this week, I hope your child (if they didn't already)  has a basic understanding of the structures and functions of their teeth and the importance of brushing and flossing,

Keep sending those donations for the art auction project ($15-$20) and applied art program ($10).

Have a wonderful weekend - I'll see you Monday for a FULL week of fun-filled learning!

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