Archive for September, 2008
Tuesday, September 30th, 2008
Monday Notes: Greetings, 306′ers! Today we welcomed Will to our class. He will be our new teaching assistant for third grade. Will is an education student at IU. We focused on our literature logs today, making sure our work was “neat and complete” on each page. In math we learned about PERIMETER and AREA. Ms. Lewis came and talked to us about LISTENING to one another. Thanks to everyone who has commented on our podcasts!!!!
We are doing great in 306!
Tuesday Notes: Today was a whirlwind! After gym and music, we worked on our podcasting. We read the email message we got from the author of Virgie, Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard. In the afternoon, we went outside and figured out the square footage of our “apartments!” We are learning about PERIMETER AND AREA and it was fun to work outside with our “roommates.”
Wednesday Notes: Reader’s Workshop was fantastic today. Everyone was reading and writing away! In math we used calculators to work on AREA problems. We put on some quiet music after math and wrote in our notebooks. The room was quiet and peaceful. Well done, 306!
Thursday: What a day! We started out our day with Music and Art and then practiced our podcast scripts to ourselves and to our classmates for the recording tomorrow. We then had school pictures taken and went to recess and lunch. After lunch we had Math where we learned about circumference and diameter. We ended the day practicing our spelling words for our test tomorrow and Power Groups!! What a busy and productive day!
Monday, September 22nd, 2008
Monday: We had a marvelous Monday today! We started out our day with Morning Meeting then did vocabulary skill work with our new vocabulary words! We had D.E.A.R and then time to talk about the book Voices From the Fields with a partner. We then went into Writers Workshop and went over our spelling words and then wrote about our personal connections to the author of Voices from the Fields. After recess and lunch we had Math where we talked more about measurement. We ended the day with Power Groups and letters to Ms. S in our reflection journals! What a productive day!
Tuesday: We finished our ISTEP testing for the fall: woo hoo!! We then had Writers Workshop and started to organize our podcast for Voices From the Fields. We then did a “spelling sort” with our new spelling words for the week. After recess and lunch we had a social studies lesson with our new “Time For Kids” magazine. We then went to gym and music and ended the day with some “Time For Kids” writing, Power Groups and cursive handwriting practice. What a day!
Wednesday: Today was a busy day! We had a morning full of specials with Art and Gym after morning meeting. We then had Readers Workshop where we practiced our vocabulary words, picked out a picture for our “history trail” from our Voices From the Fields book. We then had our Literature Circles and a read aloud before lunch. After lunch we did a math lesson on the Metric System and started picking topics for our “Fairview ‘Zine” project! We had Power Groups and wrote letters in our Reflection Journals to Ms. H! What a day!
Thursday: We had a great day today! We started out the day with Morning Meeting, Music and Art. For Writers Workshop we went over podcasting ideas for Voices in the Fields then went outside to begin writing our scripts for podcast #4!! After recess and lunch we had math during which we began learning about perimeter. We then did a spelling review sheet to go over the words for the Friday Test and then ended our day reading Time for Kids, writing about our favorite article and doing some cursive handwriting practice! We had a great day today in room 306!
Friday: What a great end to another fantastic week here in 306! We began our day with Morning Meeting and Cat Cash store. We then went into Readers Workshop where we read First Day in Grapes by L. King Perez before splitting up into our literature circles and continued reading, discussing and writing about our given novels. Afterwards we went to computer lab to write comments about our podcast and finish up learning about Frederick Douglass. After lunch we took our spelling test and went right into Math where we learned more about measurement and perimeter. We then had a little bit of time for Writers Workshop to work on our Fairview ‘Zine memory pieces just before going to Power Groups. We ended the day writing letters in our Reflection Journals to Ms. Solomons.
Sunday, September 21st, 2008
Frederick Douglass: The Last Day of Slavery Podcast
Wednesday, September 17th, 2008
Monday: Today was a good day! We started out our day with Morning Meeting, then a short ISTEP practice test to get our brains working for tomorrow. We then had a language arts skill practice and got into our Literature Circles to read, discuss and write about the books we are reading. Then, we continued our math measurement skills practicing measuring to the inch, half inch and quarter of an inch with a ruler. We finished up our day with some cursive handwriting practice. It was a very productive Monday!
Tuesday: We had a terrific Tuesday today! The day started out, like usual, with Morning Meeting. Afterwards we started our first day of ISTEP and took Language Arts test 1 & 2. Afterwards we read The Shivers in the Fridge, which is one of our Young Hoosier Book Award books, as a group. After recess and lunch we worked on writing our scripts for our third podcast about Frederick Douglass. We had music then math power groups and ended the day writing a note to Ms. Solomons in our writer’s notebooks. Productive Day 306’ers!
Wednesday: What a Wonderful Wednesday! We started the day with Morning Meeting then the writing section of the ISTEP test. We then went to Music and Art and finished just in time for recess and lunch. After lunch we read a new book to write about and discuss: Voices from the Fields by Jose Luis Rios. We then broke into our Literature Circles again to continue reading and discussing our group books. We went to Gym and came back inside to read the Young Hoosier Book Award book Dad, Jackie and Me by Myron Uhlberg. We ended the day with indoor recess and Math Power Groups. What a day!
Thursday: Another tremendous Thursday! We started out the morning with ISTEP 4 and 5 Math sections after Morning Meeting. Then, due to our hard work and concentration during the ISTEP we gained an extra long recess. After lunch we re-read Voices from the Fields by Jose Luis Rios and started a class discussion. We also worked on our Frederick Douglass podcast scripts and finished editing our final drafts to be ready to record tomorrow! We had library and gym then went off to our math Power Groups and came back to the room to write letters to our teacher in our Reflection Journals. It was a long but productive Tuesday.
Friday: Today was our first day this week without a section of our ISTEP test- woo hoo! We started the day out with Readers Workshop working on our partner prompts for Voices from the Fields. We went to art then to computer lab where we learned more about the life of Frederick Douglass and made posters to advertise our 306 Podcast! After recess and lunch we had a Social Studies lesson reading our Time For Kids and writing paragraphs about the article we find most important and interesting. Afterwards we moved into a Math measurement lesson then had Power Groups and finished our Friday with a little cursive handwriting practice.
Monday, September 8th, 2008
Monday Notes: Wow! Today was BUSY!!!! After we read about Frederick Douglass, the Horrible Harry lit. log group met with Ms. H. and the rest of the class worked with Ms. S. on their book posters and our haiku. We wrote our new spelling words. In math, we are getting ready for our chapter 2 test. After our review, we cut out ads and put the prices in the ads from least to greatest. Ms. Lewis came by for Second Steps. We talked about ways to share your thoughts with others. A happy Monday!
Tuesday Notes: We listened to our Virgie podcast today and read all the compliments and comments people have sent our way. Then we worked hard on finishing up a few writing projects. In the afternoon, we reviewed for our math test. The Matthew Jackson literature group met and began reading their new book. At recess, we got to see a dead copperhead snake! Thanks, Mrs. Fleser!
Wednesday: We started out the day with art and gym. Then we worked on our making inferences about a poem about a girl who caught a ladybug. It was nice to PAINT this morning with our watercolors. The haiku art work turned out great. We took a math test in the afternoon. We ended the day with power groups. We got a lot done!
Thursday: Woohoo! We worked hard on our portfolios today. They look great. Ms. Montgomery and we worked hard on our new podcast about Frederick Douglass. We visited a website about the life of Frederick Douglass. Ms. Solomons is reading a book called Show Way to us.
Thursday, September 4th, 2008
Welcome to the blog! Happy FRIDAY!!!!
1. First, listen to our podcast again!
2. Then, write a comment about our podcast.
3. Finish your power point from last week.
4. Play Basketball Addition. Fill out your exit slip.
5. Play Tens and Ones Trading Game. Fill out your exit slip.
4. Work on a new power point presentation.
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008
Tuesday Notes: It was hard to get back in the swing of things after our awesome 3 day weekend, but we did it! We listened to our FIRST podcast on the computer and we started working on our next scripts. After lunch, we worked on addition in math class. We ended our day with power groups. It’s great to see everyone back in gear in 306!
Wednesday Notes: Today was action packed. After art and gym, we worked on our new scripts about Virgie. We made great progress and everyone had something to share at the end of the writing time. During math, we worked on subtraction with regrouping. We got so much done. Super job, 306′ers!
Thursday Notes: Another busy but wonderful day. After art and music, we worked on our writing. The scripts are absolutely fantastic and we may be able to record our second podcast tomorrow. Before math started, a praying mantis visited our classroom. She was very friendly. We learned about adding with 3 addends in math. We had a long reading time this afternoon. We learned about INFERENCES, read with our partners, and listened to the rest of the book about Issa, the haiku poet. Phew!
Monday, September 1st, 2008
Crow Boy Podcast