September 2008

Skill – Rounding decimals to the hundredths place.

Pass – Doesn’t directly address pass.

Bellwork – Math Minute 7, 5’s multiplication sheet.

Lesson – I went over the bellwork on the board and then reviewed rounding to the tenths. I had students practice rounding these on a scrap piece of paper as I wrote problems on the board. I then reviewed rounding to the hundredths. I spent a little more time on this because I worked on the tenths place more yesterday. I had to spend quite a bit of time showing students how to round the decimal when there was a 9 that had to round up. I showed them how to think of it as carrying the number.

Assignment – Students had an edhelper sheet that was rounding to the hundredths only.

Reflections: The students did pretty well except with the 9 scenario. I think most of them understood it better by the time I finished. I checked over their papers as they were turning them in, and with the exception of a few mistakes they did well. I did have to spend a little more time reexplaining to a few. It will be harder tomorrow because they will be rounding to the tenths and hundredths on the same paper. They’ll have to pay a little more attention to each question.

Tech: Scheduled edutest for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade math… had to fix a few glitches (students not enrolled correctly)… Worked on getting the reading program (splash into phonics) up and running … UNSUCCESSFUL AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!.. Worked on setting gt computers to print and get online…. Looked at a computer with the sound messed up (need to call tomorrow)… Had Don back all firmware for wireless pts. back down to 5.5….. Helped fix printer issues with the Alexandria server…Tried charging a few batteries from old 7th grade laptops to use on teacher laptops that have poor batteries….

6th & 7th Hours – A few students had language, science, and math to work on but most were finished and wanted to work on their postcards. We received our first postcard from another school today. About 7 – 10 students finished their postcards in pages. I edited these and added them to my laptop so that I could print them on Mrs. Cross’ printer. A few of these were really GOOD… I was pleasantly surprised. The writing was TERRIBLE though. I know these students have been taught punctuation and correct sentence structure but WOW…. Maybe we need to find a writing program to implement during study skills.

Large and Small Group:  Reviewed rhyming words and nursery rhymes.  The students then had to tell what their favorite nursery rhyme was and draw a picture of it.  We reviewed the shapes star, oval, and diamond.  Read Frog Street Big Book Danny Diamond. The students colored a picture of a diamond.  

Reflection:  Their drawings were really cute.  I could actually tell what some of the pictures were supposed to be.  They are doing a great job reciting the rhymes.

PASS:   L.A. 1:1, 1:2, 2:2, 2:4, 3:1, 4:1, 9:1, 9:4; MATH 3:1


Skill- Reviewed adding and adding in any order.

Activities- We reviewed the Chapter 6 skills on the board and then they took the Chapter 6 test.

Reflection- Almost everyone made an A. There were a few that made silly mistakes.

PASS- Standard 3.1c Demonstrate fluency with basic addition and subtraction facts through 10, 1.1d Recognize and apply the commutative and identity properties of addition using manipulatives.

Language Arts

Skill- Reading and Spelling: Variant vowel -all. Grammar: Asking Sentences. Writing: Sentences about things.

Activities- We read our story and reviewed our spelling words. We worked in small groups on fluency and comprehension. They worked on the phonics program in small groups as well.

Reflection- Most of them are doing really well, but I’m starting to see some lagging. There are some who are not learning their weekly sight words. This is coming back to haunt them.

PASS- Standard 2.3 Distinguish onset and rime in one syllable words, 2.5 Isolate sounds withing words by identifying the beginning, middle, and ending sound, 3.1c Use blends, Standard 4 Vocabulary, all.


SKILL:  Dividing decimals by whole numbers

ASSIGNMENT: page 33 We worked on this in class.  Some finished but some will have homework.

PASS: St 3.2b


Skill:Europeans arrive in the America’s

ASSIGNMENT:  We did a worksheet for lesson 1 & 2.

PASS: St 2.1

Math PASS – 3.3 money, 3.1  computation

Board work – students completed handwriting and math minute.

Graded and then went over math minute together.  Students watched a brainpop video over money.  Then we talked about adding money and comparing money amounts.  Students then completed a journal entry over adding and comparing money.

Science – Students watched and discussed a United Streaming video about economics in the United States.

1st/7th – Working on projects 1-4 for Lesson 8

3rd – Application 11-2, 11-3 Own your own project.

4th – Bellringer – video about computers from the invention of till now.  Essay on computer experience, likes and dislikes as far as technology goes, and future plans.

5th – Application 3-1 through 3-6

6th – pages design and downloads

1st hr. 4th Spell./Handwriting- WGUM Standard 3.5 A-D, 3.6. Checked agenda & 3 times each. I have several who didn’t finish. I went over meanings of the words & the different spellings for the /or/ sound. Assigned W.S. 30 due tomorrow. Handwriting- Days of the week- Tues. & Wed.

2nd hr. 1st P.E.- Cowboys & Indians, Capture the Ball.

3rd hr. 3rd P.E. – Fundamentals of Basketball.

4th hr. Kindergarten P.E.- played outside ( upper playground)

5th hr. 2nd P.E. – Jail Dodgeball

6th hr. 4th P.E.- same as 3rd hr.

7th hr. 4th S.S. – Standard 4: 1-2, 4.  W.S. 1-20 was due. I have several who did not finish. We had a contest over Chapter 2 vocab. words & meanings. I had 7 winners. Test is tomorrow. Assigned p. 54 Thinking About Vocab. & Thinking About Facts. We will work on this tomorrow.

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