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Friday, August 26, 2011

Day 13- It's Friday!!

On Fridays there is a collective sigh from both the students and the teachers; just one more day till freedom! Both groups know it's not a day for play, serious work gets done, but the weekend makes a week of work worth it all.

Today, after PE, we had a fire drill. I am happy to report that all of my soldiers were brave and well behaved. They followed commands (stay in line, no talking) and everyone earned tickets for a job well done.

When we got back in, we started testing for Fountas & Pinnell. Fountas & Pinnell is Hamilton County's new reading/ testing program.

Each student is tested on sight words, and from those words the teachers can start testing reading skills on the student's individual level. The only problem I'm finding is that the room has to be QUIET while each student is testing. Do you know how hard it is to have 17 six year-olds in one room and have them be quiet?OK, as hard as you're thinking it is... multiply it by 10. 

Here is what I had them working on:

 We reviewed Carnivore, herbivore and omnivore, and I gave them a writing prompt.(the pictures next to each type of eater is a set of teeth. Carnivores have sharp teeth, herbivores- flat, omnivores- both)
The students were to fill in the blanks and create a matching picture. When they got done, I had a stack of books on their tables for them to be looking at/ reading until testing was done for the day.
Over all, they weren't too terrible. Minimal talking, good focus and great art work. Here is a sample of the level of artists I have:
 On the back, this student wrote about another animal; the penguin.
A penguin is a carnivore and they eat fish. They are white and black. And they live in the ice. And they like to swim in the water. And they like to play. And they have a family. And sister. And brother and dad and mom. And they sleep in the water. I like the animals.

 This one had to be my personal favorite because the student thought to add the blood dripping from the lion's mouth. On the back, the student wrote:  
1. A lion is eating a zebra. He is eating the blood. 2. A deer is eating the plant. 3. A bear is eating a fish. 4. All the things are eating food.
I know you're impressed! (I did fix their spelling when I typed it, but look at how imaginative they are!) This shows me that they are paying attention and learning. I can't ask for nay more than that.

In math we worked more on greater than and less than. We used unifix cubes to show different numbers. I see us using a lot of manipulatives next week.

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I want to give a big SHOUT OUT to our 5th grade students! Ms. Corbett's class has been working on learning the different levels and branches of government and they shared their work in the hallway. Great job, 5th graders!!

p.s. Don't forget to check the blog tomorrow! There's a new celebrity just waiting to get to read to you!

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