A thoroughly wondrous Wednesday in room 19! We started the day with journals, as usual. Since the Common Core State Standards are big on the idea of persuasive writing, and the students will probably have to do some writing as part of the trial testing of the new examinations scheduled for next year, we are making sure they are comfortable with taking positions and supporting them with evidence. Today they had to pick the “best” biome and explain why it was better than others. I randomly picked some people to share their ideas with the class. We read a short selection from Treasures that we had skipped a couple weeks ago, and the students met for the first time with their literature groups to discuss the first chapter(s) of their books.
After recess, the students were paired up randomly to read and respond to each other’s mystery stories. This will lead them to doing some final drafts that will be due on Friday.
After lunch, we had lots of students going off to orchestra, so I gave the remaining students 45 minutes to get started on homework. So if they complain a lot tonight just say, “Hey! What were you doing after lunch?” After mixing we had a review of rules and functions and more time to get started on some simple assignments.
Homework: (1) Write spelling words 11-15 ten times each and do a sentence for each one. (2) Do pages 277, 278, and 279 in the Practice book. (3) Do the back pages of the 31st State newspaper. (4) Do Area and Perimeter Review 3. (5) Do What’s X? 3. (6) Do pages 422-423 in the enVision Math book.