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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Day 106- It's a miracle!

WE WENT OUTSIDE TODAY!!

Yes, that's right, for the first time in over a month, we went outside!! The county came on Friday and cleaned everything. Why did I not know this yesterday? That doesn't matter, I've moved on.

Fresh air!! You can not imagine my jubilation and joy! We ran, we jumped, we blew bubbles, and yes, some had to walk laps, but all activities were accomplished in the great outdoors.

video
 **happy sigh**


I didn't receive the good news until the end of the day, so we spent the time after small groups at recess instead of our 'regular' recess time. It worked out better that way since I know if we had gone outside in the middle of the day, they never would have wanted to come back inside.

 It was actually a day for multiple miracles... math was another breeze!
Today we practiced measuring items using non-standard units of measurement. In other words, we didn't use rulers, we used cubes. First we estimated how many cubes we though it would take to cover an object, then we covered the object and checked to see if we were right.

I am pleased to report that the majority of my students had no trouble with this lesson. Even my students who usually require extra assistance grasped this concept and ran with it! We had 12 minutes left over to play our math game.

In reading whole group, we introduced our story vocabulary and came up with our own definitions. Now, I know that candy bar does not necessarily mean chocolate, but you have to admit, all the good ones have chocolate as an ingredient!


Our story for this week is called, That Toad is Mine!


It's about two friends who are as close as brothers, until they find... a toad. In mere seconds the world has changed from a bright, shiny place, full of optimism and possibilities, to a place where friends are willing to turn from their deep-rooted  faith in each other and throw away a close relationship, all for the love of an amphibian.

This story has it all, drama, intrigue, friendship, and rhyming words. My students enjoyed it, and they showed some real insight!

Me- But I don't understand. They shared a candy bar by splitting it in half. Why not cut the toad in half? They each get part of the toad!
Student- Mrs. Delk, (she said patiently, as though explaining it to a child) if you cut the toad in half, he'd be dead.
Me- But you'd have half a toad. It beats having no toad.
Student- But it's gross.

I can't fight that logic.

Literacy centers today:
 Noun Town/ Word Wall

 Spelling texters, review of compound words

Here's hoping for another bright, shiny day tomorrow!
Our Daily Brain



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