## Thursday, December 31, 2009

### Number Patterns: Counting On and Back

Use a place value chart to count on and back.

### Comparing Numbers

Draw a place value chart to make comparing numbers easy.

### Number Discs

We can use number discs to draw models of numbers.

### Expanded Notation

Use a place value chart to find the value of each digit within any given number.

## Wednesday, December 30, 2009

### Hundreds, Tens, Ones

Let's look at place value. Can you identify 100's, 10's and 1's? Of course you can!

## Friday, December 25, 2009

### Ready, Set, Snow! -- Chapter 8: The Race

Which class will win the trophy? Make your prediction, then read with me to confirm your prediction.

### Ready, Set, Snow! -- Chapter 7: Go, Team!

Which Olympic event would you have signed up for: the Snowball Stack, the Long Jump, the Snowball Toss, the Sled Pull, or the Snowshoe Race? Read with me to see how Room 3 does in the Winter Olympics.

### Ready, Set, Snow! -- Chapter 6: Team Captain

Now that you know the characters, who do you think would make a good team captain? Let's read to see who Room 3 picks.

## Thursday, December 24, 2009

### Ready, Set, Snow! -- Chapter 5: The Big Day

Have you ever played in the snow? Do you think it would be fun to travel by snowshoe? Read with me to see if Freddy can learn how to race in snowshoes.

### Ready, Set, Snow! -- Chapter 4: Training

Does the title of this chapter help you predict what the chapter is about? Make a prediction, then read along with me to see if you're correct.

## Monday, December 21, 2009

### Ready, Set, Snow! -- Chapter 3: You What?

Do you think Freddy made a good decision at the end of Chapter 2? Would you have done the same thing? Make a prediction about what you think will happen now.

### Ready, Set, Snow! -- Chapter 2: The Bet

At the end of Chapter 1, Freddy was relieved not to be in the snowshoe race with Max. Does the title of Chapter 2 - The Bet - give you any clue about what might happen next? What do you predict will happen in Chapter 2? Let's read together to find out if your prediction is correct.

### Ready, Set, Snow! -- Chapter 1: Good Sports

Hello boys and girls! I'm so excited to be reading you a chapter book on the blog! You can listen and follow along in your own book, or you can read with me. Either way, have fun!

### Blending -- Long U/part 2

Here is more practice with the Long U, and with the qu_ sound as well.

### Blending -- Long U/part 1

Here are your blending lines to practice during your winter break. Remember, the Long U can be spelled u, u_e, _ue, and _ew.

### The King's Ring

Here is your decodable story to practice reading during your winter break. Remember, I'm going to time you on Monday, January 11th!

## Monday, December 14, 2009

### Blending -- Long O/part 2

Here are more words with Long O spellings. Read along with me.

### Blending -- Long O/part 1

Remember that Long O can be spelled o, _oe, o_e, oa, and _ow. Practice reading with me.

### Tracks in the Dirt

This week's decodable focuses on consonant blends. Remember, consonants are all the letters that are not vowels. Examples of consonant blends are sp, gr, and tr. How many consonant blends can you find in this decodable? Also, be on the lookout for adjectives and dialogue.

## Sunday, December 13, 2009

### The Meaning of "Units"

This lesson will help you understand what we mean when we say "units."

### Make a Ten, Again

Keep practicing those partners to 10!

### Make a Ten

You know 10 is my favorite number! Practice partners to 10 so you can use this strategy.

### Bundling Ten Ones as One Ten

Practice bundling objects at home into groups of 10.

### 10 Ones is the Same as 1 Ten

Practice this at home using Cheerios, beans, buttons, or some other object that you can group in units of ten.

## Saturday, December 12, 2009

### American Counting

We read everyday to improve our reading fluency. Fluency with numbers is equally important. Practice counting up and down to 100 and beyond. How many different ways can you do it? Don't just skip count by 2's, 5's, and 10's. Challenge yourself. Try counting by 3's, 4's, 6's, 7's, 8's and 9's.

### Chinese Counting

This form of counting is especially helpful for remembering the value of the numbers 11 through 19.

### Place Value: Tens and Ones

This is a quick review of place value.

## Wednesday, December 9, 2009

### Dancing with Ms. Melanie - Rhythm

Today Ms. Melanie taught us about the difference between steady beat, in which all the beats are the same, and uneven rhythm, which is made up of long and short beats. We moved and played drums, cymbals, and tambourines to music from Bolivia, a country in South America.

## Saturday, December 5, 2009

### Blending -- Long I/part 2

Here are more Long I words to practice.

### Blending -- Long I/part 1

Read these words along with me to practice the Long I spelling. Remember, Long I can be spelled i, i_e, igh, _y, and _ie. Also, change y to i before adding ed or es.

### The Blimp Crew

Practice, practice, practice! Remember, your goal is to read 83 words per minute (wpm) or more.

## Wednesday, December 2, 2009

### Mellersh Test Video

Hello boys and girls! I'm so excited about this latest discovery! I have learned how to post video on our blog! That means now I can do mini lessons that you can watch at home. And for those of you who haven't met Mellersh, here he is!

## Sunday, November 29, 2009

### Blending -- Long E/part 2

Here are more Long E words to practice.

### Blending -- Long E/part 1

Listen, then read each word and sentence after me. Remember, Long E can be spelled e, ee, _y, e_e, ea, and ie.

### Decodable - "Nancy's Robot Tale"

Here's this week's decodable story. Practice every night!! I can't wait to time and graph your progress on Friday!

## Tuesday, November 24, 2009

### Blending -- Long A/part 2

Here are more Long A words to practice.

### Blending -- Long A/part 1

Listen to my pronunciation as I read the blending lines. Remember, long A can be spelled a, _ay, a_e, and ai.

### Decodable - "Heroes"

Hi boys and girls. Let's try something new. If you click on the play button below you will hear a recording of me reading the decodable story "Heroes." Listen so that you can practice your pronunciation.

## Tuesday, August 25, 2009

### Test Post

Hi There. This is my new classroom blogsite.