It was great to be back after such an extended weekend and have such a pleasant morning. We had our busy, busy Wednesday schedule today, complete with P.E. and Science. In P.E. students ran the mile again, with some students showing some real improvement in effort over last week. In Science students have been working with the laptops to create power point presentations about Solubility, Evaporation and Absorption. Did you know that Ms. Green, the science teacher, has a blog too? You can check it out at http://msgreenscience.blogspot.com
In the classroom we worked on finishing up our headline poems. They will soon be on display in the hallway to adorn the rather sad looking and barren walls. I also passed out a homework packet today to work us into the poetry writing unit. As part of the packet, students are responsible for completing 3 assignments including an interview, a memoir, and preparation for sharing a poem to the class. The entire packet with all 3 assignments is due Tuesday, November 17th, and I will be checking progress on Friday. Make sure that students are creating a plan to work on a part of the packet each day and that they are keeping up with it. Let’s all help build good work habits and do our best to make certain the terrible beast of procrastination is kept at bay.
In mathematics today we discussed congruent shapes and different kinds of triangles. We learned about equilateral triangles, isosceles triangles and scalene triangles. Here is a website with definitions of the three types of triangles, information about the roots of the words we use to name the different kinds of triangles, and a neat web application that allows you to make your own triangles. We also spent a little time today talking about congruent triangles and angles and how to create a congruent shape with a protractor and a ruler.
In an exciting turn of events, we are going to be foregoing our usual Friday afternoon plans to attend the opening Womens’ basketball game of the season at Cal. After lunch we will take a walk over to the campus to eat lunch and then attend the game. Free posters and other goodies will be available, so there is no need to bring any money. Please send children with a sack lunch. If it is not possible to arrange for a sack lunch, let me know and lunch will be provided. Also, we have a couple spots still open for chaperons, so if you would like to come along, just let me know as soon as possible.
- Language Arts: Begin Poetry Packet (Due Tuesday November 18)
- Mathematics: Page 61 Angles and Triangles Review
- Reading: Read for 20 minutes and complete an entry on your pink reading log.
- Other: Bring back a signed permission slip for the field trip on Friday.