Friday, October 29, 2010

Snacks, sweets and sugar

The problem: I have just sent home a pack of yelling, quivering Halloween-crazed 9-year-olds.

The culprit:

Having never experienced Halloween at Beachy Cove Elementary before, you can imagine how unprepared I was for the spectacle I saw. Costumes, dancing, bake sales, cake walks, you name it! Huge credit to the many parents and teachers involved, it came together really well.

We managed to get a few things done in the lulls, such as playing games to practice our verb conjugation and picking the Student of the Week. I sent home a couple of sheets for them to start looking at, mostly vocabulary from their other subjects and how to conjugate their latest verb, "Etre". This is a very common verb, since it means "to be" (Etre or not etre, that is the question?)

As with last week, these words will not be evaluated in a dictée. However, I expect students to be familiar with them by the end of the week through looking at them at home and doing activities in class. The verb forms are more important, hence the sheet I sent home with a fill-in-the-blanks activity. This should be completed some time over the next week. If you need help, please consult recent posts that have links to verb conjugation sites.

I haven't sent home any specific homework for the weekend, but we had a "Number Talk" the other day in which we speculated about how much candy they would get. We figured out about how many houses, how much they would get at each, how long it would take, etc. I have asked the class to keep rough track of how many houses they go to, how long the spend overall, and how much candy they get at each place. This will lead into an addition/multiplication activity on Monday.

Have a great weekend!

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