Today we used the students’ homework and words they clarified during their home reading to get some more practice with context clues. (Flummoxed, which is another word for being confused or befuddled, was one of the great words a student picked and we learned about through the context clues in a sentence.)

We also discussed both reading with expression and correct use of quotation marks. We had some student volunteers read passages of dialogue from their independent reading books in the morning, and they did so with amazing expression. Reading with expression helps to identify the parts of the text that are being spoken by different people and to develop a better understanding of the emotional states of the characters. We worked with passages the students found to develop a list of rules for using quotation marks. We will use the list as another self-monitoring tool.

In math we continued to work with estimation and also learned about a different addition algorithm. Algorithms are the strategies that we use to solve problems. Today we learned about the partial sum addition algorithm, which can be a very useful algorithm for doing problems mentally. Here is a site to learn about the different algorithms taught in the Everyday Mathematics Curriculum, and here is a link to a little video that shows the partial sums addition algorithm in practice.

Homework:

- Language Arts: Context Clues Worksheet. Bonus: Create your own context clues problems.
- Mathematics: Study Link Book Page 29
- Reading: Read for 20 minutes and write in your pink reading log.

Mr. Weis