Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Subject and Predicate


This week we have been identifying, or finding, parts of a sentence. We learned that each sentence has a subject and a predicate. The subject tells who or what the sentence is mostly about. The predicate tells what the subject is, has or what it is doing.

Here is an example.

Sophia had a wonderful day at soccer practice.
The subject is "Sophia". The predicate is "had a wonderful day at soccer practice."  

Watch this video for a fun song about subjects and predicates. 


Try writing a super sentence and ask a friend to identify the subject and predicate. Be sure to check back so you can see if your friend responded! 
Check the example above for how to format your comment.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Perplexing Puzzles

Over the last few weeks we have been working on number riddles! We used different strategies to solve them including looking at hundred chart patterns and using process of elimination. 
Today we were practicing ordering numbers from least to greatest. We tried taking a picture but some of our numbers were not visible because of a glare. 

For example, in the picture below, R's and J's numbers may be difficult to read. 


 In this picture, the S's number is a 4 digit number. The digit in the thousands place is blurry. In ___, 176 what digit could be in the thousands place?

Also, A's, O's and J's numbers are 5 digit numbers but the digit in the ten thousand place is blurry. 

A's number: __ 8 , 765

O's number: __ 9,998

J's number: __ 9,999

What could those digits be? 
Can you think of a riddle? 
Your riddle must include at least three clues. Here are some different clues we have worked on:
-This number is odd
-This number is even
-The ones digit it three more than the tens digit
-The number equals the sum of the hundreds digit and ones digit 
-The number is between 5 and 7

Direct your riddle to one friend. Ask them to solve the riddle using your clues. Your clues must make a number that fits within the number line! 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Incredible Inferences About Characters

An inference is an educated guess. When you gather clues from a story and combine it with what you already know, you can help yourself better understand the text. 

Good readers make inferences while they read. Inferences can be made to learn more about the character of the story.

Readers can make an inference from what the character is saying or the dialogue.

 Based on the dialogue we can infer that Pigeon is jealous of Duckling. In the first speech bubble there is an exclamation mark and question mark which means he is surprised and asking with a lot of emotion. In the second speech bubble we can infer that the Pigeon is a bit of a sore looser. Rather than being happy for Duckling he is complaining.

Sometimes you can discover more about the character by looking at the pictures of the story. 

 From this picture we can infer that Elephant and Pig really enjoy reading. We see that Elephant and Pig are smiling and interested in their book. We can infer that Pigeon does not like his book or does not like to read. He is not smiling! He isn't even looking inside of his book. 
Good readers can even infer the story's setting or where the character is!

"Pigeon stood in the puddle of mud. There was a strong smell in the air. The flies swarmed around him. He heard the oinks in the distance." 

Can you guess or infer where pigeon is these clues?
-puddle of mud
- flies swarming
- oink sounds
I know that pigs oink, and love mud. I also know that flies swarm around things that smell. I could infer that Pigeon is in a pig pen or at a farm. 

Look at this picture and read the caption below!
"Thank goodness I found my newspaper! It was hidden in the huge pile of leaves!" - Brutus
What are some things you can infer about the character from the picture?  What are some clues that tell you more about the character?

Please be sure to explain your inference like an equation! 
 clues + what you already know = your inference! 

Check out the example for help!