Thursday, September 18, 2014

Getting Cooler

The weather cooled down today, and everybody was grateful in room nineteen - particularly the teacher! I do love the children even more when I can send them off to recess and PE! 

We had a productive day today. We started off with independent reading and journaling. The students are getting great at asking themselves good questions as they read. We checked, corrected, and discussed our homework. After our new early recess, we continued with Holes. I tried a bit of inductive literature study with them today. I asked them to find at least five references in the novel to water, and to explain on the basis of those citations what water means in the story. I had some surprisingly good answers. Several of the children were keenly aware of how water is functions as a symbol of power in the novel. I bet many undergraduates would have missed that!

In Science today the fifth graders continued looking at solutions and the limits of saturation. This time they explored how epsom salts dissolved in water and contrasted that with the solubility of regular salt. The also measured how much each kind of salt, even though invisible in the water, increases the total volume within a cylinder. There’s some pretty amazing learning going on there!



Homework: (1) Write spelling words 16-20 in cursive and write a sentence for each. Use the proper paper, please! (2) Do the spelling word search.(3) Do the Holes study sheet for chapters 31to 33. Be sure to use complete sentences. Many questions need to be answers in multiple sentences. (4)Do “Evaluating What You Read.” (5) Do the Expanded Form worksheet. (6) Fourth grade math:  Do pages 78-79 plus “Tables That Rule.” Fifth grade math:  Do pages 87-88, evn only, plus “One Digit Divisors.”

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