Thursday, October 24, 2013

Howdy Friends! Another thoughtful Thursday full of activity... starting with another fabulous math meeting courtesy of Ben, our math meeting helper! Great job Ben! Then it was all about math, hundreds charts, number sense and looking closely at numbers (with greater than, and less than...)! Busy! Caroline held her first morning meeting and chose "mad libs" as her game, and she could barely get through it without literally cracking up. Our morning message was a "listening-repeating" message, and we worked on careful listening while making sense of what we hear! Now, that's a skill!! In reading workshop we worked on retelling our stories, and read more fables and folk tales! Might have been one of the best reading workshops, EVER!! 3 buttons... can I get a WOOP WOOP!! Excellent morning! Cooperative reading and learning together, quiet reading with thoughtful reflection on our retell, careful use of transition words to help us with our writing, and fluency practice with readers theaters! GREAT morning! Just the way we like it! We practiced our spelling rule... short o vowel sound, and payed close attention to phonics (sounds in words), word structure, and syllables!! Tomorrow will be our first spelling test with words we've worked with all week. In the afternoon we practiced our fluency and enthusiastically jumped, leaped, bounded into writing workshop! We reviewed our learning from yesterday (powerful words show powerful feelings), and learned how to reread our writing like detectives. We paid close attention to punctuation to make sure our stories made sense. We used our mentor text and author Jane Yolen to remember what great writers do... leads that hook the reader, powerful words, use punctuation, plan stories, and write and rewrite sentences! Outstanding job writers... another collective, "Awwwwwwwww!" is how writers felt about writing workshop ending today... and that's just the way we like it!!

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