After this lesson, we headed straight to Mr. Day for PE. We worked VERY HARD for him and were all red faced and a little worn out after we finished his activities! Then, we tried our first READING CENTERS of the year. Reading centers will consist of a total of four centers on Monday and Tuesday and then four new centers on Wednesday and Thursday. We will not do reading centers on Friday. Today each kiddo rotated through 2 centers and tomorrow they will rotate through the other two of Monday/Tuesday centers. You might ask them which two they went to today. They either listened to the story, "Boom Town" on the computer, or took a Spelling pretest with me, or worked on a vocabulary dictionary in our classroom library, or worked on a journal entry at their seat. If they went to the Spelling pretest center they do have a SPELLING list stapled in their agenda. Our FIRST SPELLING TEST will be on Friday, September 11th. If you don't see a list in their agenda, don't panic it will be there tomorrow when we finish up this round of centers! Centers last about 25 minutes each and they are a GREAT way for me to work with the kiddos in a small group setting! Today I was really proud at how hard they worked while they were at a center!
After lunch we practiced reading a poem about "Boom Town". Their fluency was INCREDIBLE compared to last week when they each read to me. They really did a GREAT job following along with their suckers as we read so of course we got to enjoy those when we finished reading. I am EXCITED to see their improvement already and can only imagine what EXCELLENT readers they will be by May if this happens every week. I did tell them that the only way to get better at something is to PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE so if they have any extra time at home in the evening, reading for 15 minutes or so would be GREAT!
For math we worked on a FUN RANDOM NUMBER activity. We listened to a CD of all sorts of numbers and when we heard a number we had to lay a SMARTIE candy on that number on our hundred board. WOW! Everyone really had to buckle down and listen because the CD could not repeat itself if we didn't hear the number. Everyone did a TERRIFIC job so I teased them about always having to repeat myself when I give directions! =) Next, we worked on a journal page together. We looked at all of the numbers we have all over our CLASSROOM and decided it really is TRUE... NUMBERS ARE EVERYWHERE! Then we started figuring out some patterns. We had to put our THINKING CAPS on and we are not quite finished with this page, but we will get it done tomorrow I am POSITIVE!
We ended our day outside with a HUMAN NUMBER LINE race against Miss Wencel's class. I would call out a number and the kiddos would have to make that number including place value names quicker then Miss Wencel's side could make it. It was a CHALLENGE for sure, but we will get better at it I am CERTAIN!
No homework this evening! Have a GREAT night!