Monday, November 26, 2012

Welcome Back Thankful Thinkers!

Howdy Friends! What a great first day back after a long Thanksgiving Holiday! We started with work board and reading groups, as usual. Our focus lately has been research and finding evidence to support our learning. Awesome! In math we reviewed what we learned about bar graphs and stretched our learning to line plot graphs! We collected data and represented our data on our line plot. Next, we used our line plot to answer questions! Using words like most, least, more than, less than, we took a critical look at our data and learned a lot about reading graphs! Our brainpop homework this week is to watch our data/graphing video clip at least 3 times this week (remember, it's only 4 minutes long), and try the easy or hard quiz! You can even try the "draw about it" or "write about it" options as well! Our new spelling rule is long a vowel sound and we started today by looking at all the ways to make long a!! Using ay together and ai, along with a consonant silent e, we get the long a vowel sound in words! Great practice and lots of fun! We wrote our weekend stories in writing workshop and learned how to narrow down your story to one event, one topic, instead of listing all the events that happened on the weekend! We'll talk a lot more about "zooming in" on a topic or story idea in our writing! Doing what good writers do... that's the way we like it!!

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