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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Day 125- Butterfly Fact and Opinion

I love finding out that my students are more brilliant than I already gave them credit for. For example, before we read our story for the day, I asked my students to come up with a list of facts they already knew about butterflies.

*Remember- a fact is something that is true, and it can be proven.*

Here is our chart:
After reading the story, we went back through and put a check mark next to the real facts, and circled the opinion.

*An opinion is how someone might think or feel about something.*

There was one thing listed that we had to research. One of my students said that the orange butterflies were poisonous. Well, it sounded good, but we needed to be sure. So, we plugged in the laptop to the Promethean and Google searched- poisonous butterflies.We found {THIS} website!

We found that some butterflies are poisonous because of the plants they eat as caterpillars, but other butterflies camouflage themselves as the poisonous butterflies so that predators will not eat them. Fascinating! We even blogged about it during class! You can check it out {HERE}.

To make sure that my students fully understand the difference between fact and opinion, tomorrow we are going to complete {THIS} activity.
 In fact, Mr. Evans has requested that my class, along with Ms. Leahy's and Mr. Russell's, be recorded doing one of our lessons tomorrow. I'm not sure what he's going to do with it, but I know my students are up to being impressive!

Literacy center pictures from today:

 Simile Activity
Simile Poem

 Word Wall. 
I love how creative my soldiers are! Check out the creative spelling of "yellow"!

**Parent Night Thursday 5-6p. The topic is math, so you'll find out what we are doing in math this semester. Parents who come will receive a free math game to play with your child at home!**

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