If you were writing a diamante poem, you would have to decide on an opposite of Thursday. Maybe it would it be Tuesday, the day two days after the weekend? Or maybe it would it be Saturday, since Thursday is the day before the last day of the work week, and Saturday is the day before the last day of the weekend. Maybe it wouldn’t even be a day at all. In a Diamante, two oppposites are compared and contrasted in a shape poem that resembles a diamond. Although Thursday may not be the easiest example, it is sometimes fun to try to figure out opposites of things that we ordinarily do not think of as having an opposite.
Today in class, the students continued to work on typing up and illustrating their limericks. When not working on the computer, they began working on a draft of a diamante. For more information on diamantes, follow this link.
In mathematics we spent some time working with our new scientific calculators. We just recently received our shipment of new calculators and the students spent some time today working out squares, and learning how to calculate different exponential values of a number.
Some of the reading groups are moving into historical fiction literature circles. Today they began acquainting themselves with the core roles that they will take on in the literature circle groups. Tomorrow they will present mini-posters to the rest of their groups as they teach each other about specific jobs.
- Language Arts: Finish draft of diamante poem.
- Mathematics: Page 87 – Variables
- Reading: Read for 20 minutes, fill out and return signed reading log.
- Other: Study for Vocab quiz – signature, designate, muscle, column, hasten, bomb.
- Return Signed and completed homework log.