February 26, 2013

An Update

In Math this week, we are continuing to work hard at solving those multi-step Bake Shop problems.  We're going to have a not-so-secret surprise quiz tomorrow morning. I've attached a practice quiz for the boys and girls.  

In our Writer's Workshop, we've been working on these Trash/Treasure paragraphs about the T-Rex dinosaur.  I have given the students a list of 12 facts about the dinosaur and asked them to choose four that they consider to be treasures. From there, they are to write a paragraph using those facts. 

I've also asked students to add their own voice to the paragraph by including their comments about the facts that they've chosen. For example, adding comments such as, "Wow! That's huge!" bring the writing alive. The students know these aren't "plusses" they're adding but still that extra comment adds a little sparkle to their work.  

Practice Quiz (please excuse the typo in the quiz) 

In the last two days, we've also read two really great books as part of our Civil Rights theme.  
The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson 


White Socks Only by Evelyn Coleman

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