Tuesday, April 05, 2011


After the field trip, back to the old grind! But what a productive grind it was today.

We corrected and discussed our homework first thing in the morning, as we usually do. Then we went on to read the second chapter of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. In this chapter, Lucy goes to Narnia through the wardrobe and meets Mr. Tumnus, the faun. The two characters here were beautifully voiced, including accents, by Nathan and Nurjannah. We did a little test prep stuff which also helped the teacher get ready for the next activity. In writing, we're looking at the trait of Conventions - mechanical correctness - and as part of that I gave them an actual student composition from another school with lots of mistakes on it. We read it over and they identified the errors. They'll be writing it correctly tonight as part of their homework. 

After recess, we went to the auditorium where we worked on the very challenging opening to the "Who Will Buy" song. The students are divided into four separate voices and they have to layer in and out. It's hard work, but it is going to be fabulous. It's amazing having fourth grade students doing polyphony isn't it? But that's how talented the students in room 19 are! 

In math, we're looking at how rectangles can have the same area but different perimeters. Similar to yesterday....

Homework:  (1) Write spelling words ten times each in cursive and write a sentence for each. The words are enormous, gracious, imaginary, immediately, and inquisitive. (2) Do the study guide for chapter 2 of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. (3) Correct and rewrite "Holidays". In addition to the spelling mistakes, be sure to correct the punctuation. Write in cursive.  (4) Do “Same Area, Different Perimeter” on pages 370- 371 in the math book. Also do “Rectangular Recreation” on the back.

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