This morning their morning work got the problem solving ball rolling because they had to look at different groups of words and rearrange them to make complete sentences about Kansas. With all they learned last week this job was not too difficult at all. While they were working on this, I had a chance to meet with each of them and staple a new spelling list in their agendas. Our next spelling test will be next Friday, Feb. 13th. We went over the new words and what they meant and this gave me a chance to answer any questions they may have about the words. The word "conductor" got us for a minute because as one of them said, "when do you ever see a train conductor conducting a music concert". Once I clarified that words can have different meanings that do not make much sense when used together in the same sentence we were ready to rock and roll on our spelling paper.
For reading we read with our reading group our leveled readers for the week, worked on the games on our story of the week tab, and also did a scavenger hunt over our story while listening to it being read to us. In our leveled readers we learned about so many different famous women and their contributions and accomplishments. It just proved to us that anything is possible when we put our minds to it. These women have done some pretty great things and reading all about them has sparked some creativity among us right here in the Town of Sweets!
In math we tried a "higher level thinking activity" helping solve just how many pieces of candy a teacher would need to complete a problem in his classroom! Great discussion sprang from this activity and then we jumped right in to our centers. We worked on adapted mind on the computer, on a journal page with me, and on a grocery store ad activity on our own. Lots of hard work was going on during this time. Everyone wanted to show just what GOOD problem solving thinkers they were!
Tonight they may need to finish up:
1. Spelling workbook page 73-74
2. Math journal 135-136
3. A grocery store ad activity
4. Vocabulary sheet 87
5. Kansas sentence morning work
Also don't let them forget to show you their living museum note so that you can help them pick out a book to use and a character to portray for that activity. March 12th will be here before we know it!
They do need an empty kleenex or cereal box by this Friday as well so get to eating or blowing whichever you prefer to empty out a box for them please! =)
Have a SUPER evening!