25 January 2011

Our Class Reading Groups

In our class we learn about reading in different ways. Every child has an individual reading book they have selected based on level and interest. This should go back and forth between home and school each day. Each student is also a member of a reading group. This group meets together to share and discuss a book that I have selected according to reading level and interest from our Scholastic levelled sets. The group takes it in turns to read from the book. The larger group sometimes works with a partner to share the reading and help each other out. This is also an opportunity for me to hear the students read aloud. Questions are discussed about the reading book. These questions might be to:

  • check comprehension
  • look at word solving skills 
  • make personal connections to the text
  • look at picture clues 
  • discuss characters 
  • make predictions 
  • categorise information
  • use clues for word meaning
  • extend vocabulary
  • examine problem solving
  • investigate informal language
  • discuss word features such as synonyms and sounds
We then record our responses to the questions, helping each other where needed. The books are chosen to also capture the students' interest and encourage an enjoyment of reading.

Reading groups in action today

24 January 2011

Personal Connections (Homework) 24.1.11

1. Cut out the fact family triangles and practice the addition and subtraction number facts. Keep the triangles at home.
2. Go to the science experiments on our wiki. View the experiments. Choose at least one to do at home. Do the experiment. Record one experiment on the science procedure sheets. Bring the procedure sheets in for me to mark.
3. Spelling routines for my two groups
4. Reading

Due date: Thursday 3rd February

17 January 2011

The fish have moved in!

The excitement was building last week with the preparation of our new class fish tank. Mr. Cédric took us step by step through how to prepare an aquarium to ensure the best living conditions for our new fish. We discovered that fish could not be released straight into tap water and that plants were important for the water too.

Today the fish arrived! Mr. Cédric put the fish in their bags into the tank to let them acclimatise to the water. Then he gently removed the fish and lowered then individually into the tank. We could see their stress as they found themselves in new surroundings. They were whizzing around the tank, trying to find ways around the glass. We thought about how the fish would be feeling and we recorded this along with our wonderings:

How do fish breathe in water?
How do we know when they are hungry?
Why do the small white ones stay close to the ground?
Will they fight?
How much do we feed them?

As the day passed, we discovered how the fish looked to find us when they were hungry and how their movement calmed as they settled into their new tank. A is setting up a rota so we can take it in turns to feed the fish as we are all responsible for their well being. We have to remember not to lean on the table or knock the glass. We hope our fish will be very happy in our classroom!

Personal Connections (Homework) 17.1.11

This week:
1. Spelling words (for some students)
2. Check you have completed the two discussions about water use on our wiki.
3. Visit the maths websites at 'Maths Masters'.
4. Revisit the National Geographic video and website about water sources from today's lesson if you have time.
5. Reading

Completion date: 24.1.11

11 January 2011

Getting to Know Our Unit of Inquiry Wiki

A happy new year to you all!

We are straight back into our unit about water with a look at our unit wiki. A wiki is a fantastic site where we can post websites, films, ideas and discussions about our unit. It is always changing as we add new things we have discovered or want to know about.

Each student has an individual password to access this wiki.  Students will come home tonight with this information. We have discussed the following rules:
1. Never give your password to anyone else (Mums and Dads excluded).
2. Do not change your password or information.
3. View the wiki with an adult as it is linked to the internet. (Please establish rules with your child concerning access etc.)
4. Check any posts you are writing carefully before posting.
5. Do not post a photo with your name.
6. If you find something you find uncomfortable, hit the X and tell an adult.

This week students should write and publish a post in response to my question about water use at home in the discussion section. They can also have a look around the site and get to know the resources. We started looking at the Magic School Bus video in class. Students should finish this at home.