Who is this strange looking 2-faced guy, and why is he the picture accompanying the first post of the year 2009? Why it’s Janus of course, the Roman god of gates, doors, beginnings, and endings. Today in class we spent a little time learning about Janus and how his name eventually came to mark the new year, resolutions, and the month January. We also spoke some about making New Year’s resolutions and began a writing project based on incorporating resolutions into an essay in the form of an extended metaphor. We will be working on developing the essay over the course of this week in writing.
In Math today we began our unit on fractions with an activity documenting what people did over vacation by creating three circle venn diagrams and identifying different fractions within them. Over the next couple weeks, we will delve into fractions, decimals, and percents. A unit-opening family letter will be sent home tomorrow.
Reading homework for students with an active reading book in Literature Circles is to skim through their books to refresh themselves on what they have read so far. In class we discussed strategies for quick and successful skimming, and I sent home a page with a few pointers to help them out.
- Language Arts: Lit Circle Groups – skim through what you have read so far in your group, complete a timeline or character description to bring to group tomorrow.
- Mathematics: Practice Set 28. Don’t forget to show your work and attach any extra paper you used.
- Other: Finish writing rules for the resolution pre-writing if it was not finished in class.
- Reading: Read for 20 minutes and fill out pink reading log.
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