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It’s possible that Mrs. Sparhawk took grades on the D.O.L. (grammar assignment) today. Please ask her if she did. If so, you need to go to a box in the make-up work center that says “extra D.O.L.” and get a worksheet from this box. You can take this home and do it as homework, but don’t forget to turn it in when you return to school tomorrow.

We wrote our assignments in our agendas today, too. The agenda guide is on the right-hand side of the whiteboard in  Mrs. Sparhawk’s classroom. Copy the assignments into your agenda (planner), please. Note that you’ll be given a chance to make up last week’s spelling/vocabulary test grade, if you memorize both vocabulary lists that we’ve been given this year (definitions + spelling). There will be a spelling test re-take on Friday this week, for everyone who failed last week’s spelling test. Use this week to really STUDY both the spelling list in the “English Handbook Pages” and the “Patriotic Vocabulary List”! You’ll be allowed to keep the higher of the two scores–either last week’s vocabulary test score or this week’s. But don’t waste time… STUDY!

After that, we played some fun games at the library. If you’re just visiting this site, and you’d like to see some of the fun games I use at the library, click this link.

Today’s game was called “Musical Books”. For this game, the teacher has chosen an array of fun nonfiction books (Ripley’s Believe it or Not, The Doodle Book, Eyewitness Books, Origami with Dollar Bills, etc…), and the teacher brings an iPod with her to the library, plugging the iPod into speakers, so she can play music. These nonfiction books are scattered on top of the library’s tables at random (more than enough for the students–30 kids = say, 50 books). Students stand around the tables in a giant circle. When the music starts playing, they walk around the room, maintaining their circular formation. When the music stops, they must sit at the table they are nearest to and read one of the books on that table. When the music begins again, they must stand and march in the circle formation again. The teacher continually begins and stops the music periodically, to allow the students plenty of opportunities to look at various books that interest them.

This is a great way to help kids understand that nonfiction books can be a lot of fun to read!

Parents please note: for last week’s spelling test, nine out of ten students admitted that they didn’t study. We don’t have a lot of homework in language arts, but the kids do get about 10 days to study for every spelling/vocabulary test they’re given. Please encourage them to study two or three nights a week. It helps so much when kids get reinforcement at home.

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About Chelly Wood

I am a school librarian with an English degree, and I like to write books. My literary agent is Elizabeth Kracht of Kimberley Cameron & Associates.

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