Friday, January 19, 2018

Fabulous Friday

This morning the children completed the Friday portion of the vocabulary sheet for our word of the week, eliminate. After that, they chose which academic skill to practice since it is Free Choice Friday.  After watching the announcements, we switched for math.

Math began with a numeric warm up forcing students to use guess and check and to be persistent.  After that, we reviewed last night's homework and then began our rotations.

During the small group instruction, we focused on solving problems involving angle measurement.  During math with a partner, the students played a game called "Roll A Row", which helped them practiced identifying the measurement of angles using fractional pieces of a circle.  Finally, during the technology portion, the students completed a session of Xtra Math.  Then they watched a Learn Zillion lesson about complementary and supplementary angles.  Those who finished early played, "Age of Angles" to practice estimating angle measurement based upon their knowledge of fractions of a circle.

Since the students were so focused and on task today we ended math with a quick game of Kahoot, focusing on angles and angle measurement.

In between the second and third rotations, the students enjoyed lunch and outdoor recess.

After math, we began our literacy block with a writing lesson.  Today we focused on editing and revising our writing for misused words and sentence fragments.  First, we identified the meaning and examples of the words two/too/to and its/it's and added them to our proofreading charts.  Next, we looked at a sample narrative and analyzed each sentence to determine if it was complete.  Those missing either a subject or a verb were corrected.  After that, the students revisited their drafts and revised them for correct word use and to fix any sentence fragments.

Next, we began our independent work block.  First, the students used several online resources to further research the origins, destinations, goals, and interactions, of the European explorer they selected yesterday.  After that, they completed an organizer for their next opinion writing piece about banning fidget spinners.     Next, the students continued working on the opportunity quizlet that they began yesterday.

As they worked, I did some informal reading assessments and helped students with their personal narrative revisions.

At the end of the day we had a social studies (economic) lesson.  First we reviewed the vocabulary from yesterday.  Then, we reviewed the importance of crabbing in Maryland.  After that, the students played a crabbing simulation game that reinforced the problem with over-crabbing and the concept of opportunity cost, since they had to choose between taking crabs out of the bay or saving them.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Thrilling Thursday

This morning the children completed the Wednesday and Thursday portions on the vocabulary sheet for our word of the week, eliminate.  After that, they looked at this week's puzzles and posted their guesses in GC.  Those who had additional time played an online contraction word game.  After the announcements, we switched for math.

Math began with  a multi-digit multiplication and division review.  Then we went over Tuesday night's homework.  After that, we began our rotations.

During the small group instruction, we used protractors to measure and construct angles.  During math with a partner, the children engaged in math discourse as they worked together to measure angles, using a protractor, and identify each as either acute, right, or obtuse.  Finally, during the technology portion, the students completed a session of Xtra Math.  Then, they played an online game providing practice in with reading protractors.

In between the second and third rotation, the students enjoyed indoor recess and lunch.

For homework the students were given a worksheet, and loaned a protractor to use) that requires the measurement and construction of angles.

After math we began our literacy block with a writing lesson.  First, the students reviewed their personal narrative draft.  Next, we developed a list of questions we might want to ask our partner, based on our mini lessons, to help us improve our writing.  After that, the children conferred with their writing partners, asking questions about their draft and receiving valuable feedback.  Finally, we shared what we learned during our writing conferences with the class.

Next, the students went to music.

When they returned, they ate snack as they reviewed the European explorers we have read about, and chose one to study further.  After that, they revised their narrative draft based upon the feedback they received from their writing partner.  Next, the children read a debate about banning fidget spinners and listed the reasons for and against it.  Finally, they learned new vocabulary, relating to economics, using Quizlet.com.

We ended the day by learning about opportunity cost.  First, we reviewed the vocabulary from the quizlet.  Then, we watched a short video clip.  After that, we read about the crabbing industry in Maryland.  Finally, the students cut out some cards they will need to participate in an activity tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Terrific Tuesday

This morning, the students posted about their weekend on the comment section of the morning message.  Then they completed the Monday and Tuesday portions of the vocabulary sheet for our new word of the week, eliminate.  Those who had time, used Typing Club to practice their keyboarding skills.  After the announcements, we switched for math.

Math began with a warm up that required persistence, a working knowledge of math vocabulary, and addition and multiplication.  Next, we began our rotations.

During the small group lesson we began using protractors to measure angles.  This was frustrating for many.  We will continue this tomorrow.  During math with a partner, the students worked to turn three puzzle pieces into shapes that are symmetric.  Finally, during the technology portion, the children completed a session of Xtra Math.  Then, they watched a video about measuring angles using a protractor.  After that, they played an online game that provided practice with using protractors to measure angles.

In between the second and third rotations, the students enjoyed lunch and outdoor recess.

Students were given a worksheet to complete for homework.  It is also posted in GC.

After math, we began our literacy block with a writing lesson.  First, we reviewed our notes about personal narratives chart and added "strong openings grab the readers attention" to it.  Next, we reviewed a resource that I gave to each student, which explained 7 different closing techniques for ending a personal narrative.  After discussing each, and going over an example, the students worked on their draft to revise their endings.  Finally, several students shared theirs as we ate snack.

Next, we reviewed lat week's vocabulary sheet and last week's puzzles.

Then, we began the reading portion of our literacy block.  Today students read a non-fiction article about John Cabot.  After that, they had time to complete the following tasks; the paragraph identifying and explaining the effects of the Colombian voyage, the opinion paragraph about plastic straws, and the Flocabulary assignment about characters.  This was all work from last week.  Any tasks not completed today, in school, will need to be done at home.

Guided reading groups:

Pink:  We reviewed the unknown words they circled, and the surprising and confusing parts they marked, in the article about John Cabot.  After that, we identified and discussed examples of cause and effect from their reading.

Green:  We reviewed the unknown words they circled, and the surprising and confusing parts they marked, in the article about John Cabot.  After that, we identified and discussed examples of cause and effect from their reading.

Blue:  We reviewed the unknown words they circled, and the surprising and confusing parts they marked, in the article about John Cabot.  After that, we identified and discussed examples of cause and effect from their reading.

The students ended their day in art, with Mrs. Daniell.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Thrilling Thursday

Just a heads up...I left early today to celebrate my 5th grader winning an award.  After lunch, Mrs. M-M followed my plans that are outlined below.

The students began their day by completing the Thursday portion of the vocabulary sheet for their word of the week, decrease.  Then, they looked at this week's puzzles and posted their guesses in the comment section.  After the announcements, we switched for math.

Math began with a long division, word problem, warm up.  Then, we reviewed last night's hoemwork.  After that, we began our rotations.

During the small group lesson we defined and identified lines of symmetry.  During math with a partner, the students played a board game to practice identifying and naming points, lines, line segments, and rays.  During the technology portion, the students completed a session of Xtra Math and then played an online game called, Shape Shoot Symmetry.

In between the second and third rotations, the students enjoyed lunch and outdoor recess.

Students were given a symmetry worksheet to complete for homework tonight.

After math, the students did a writing lesson about revising their personal narrative drafts to include transitional words and phrases.

Then they went to music with Mrs. Graf.

When they returned to class they worked independently and met in guided reading groups.

First, the read a non-fiction text about Hernando DeSoto, and circled unknown words and marked places they thought were surprising or confusing.  After that, they wrote a paragraph about the effects of the Colombian Exchange.  FInally, they continued working on their opinion piece about plastic straws.

Guided reading groups:

All groups met with Mrs. M-M and reviewed the unknown words and sections of text they found surprising/confusing in the essay about Hernando De Soto.  Then, they worked together, in group, to identify and discuss examples of cause and effect.

The students ended their day with a social studies lesson.  They listened to, and discussed, the book Encounter, by Jane Yolen.  This tells the story of Christpoher Columbus's exploration from the Natives point of view.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Wonderful Wednesday

This morning the students completed the Wednesday section of the vocabulary sheet for their word of the week, decrease.  Then they played a word detective game, online, since it is "word Wednesday".  After the announcements, we switched for math.

Math began with an analogies warm up involving fractions and pace value.  Then we reviewed yesterday's formative.  Next, I did a quick, whole group mini lesson about parallel and perpendicular lines in preparation for today's math with a partner game.  After that, we began our rotations.

During the small group lesson we identified and named points, lines, line segments, and rays.  During math with a partner, the students played a Trap It game, giving them practice with identifying and naming parallel and perpendicular lines.  Finally, during the technology portion, the students completed a session of Xtra Math and then watched Learn Zillion lessons about identifying and naming points, lines, line segments, and rays.

The children enjoyed lunch and indoor recess between the second and third rotations.

Math homework was distributed in class, but it is also posted in GC.

After math, we began our literacy block with a writing lesson.  First, we watched a quick video about showing instead of telling in our writing.  Then, the students read over their personal narrative drafts, which they selected yesterday, to their writing partner.  After that, I read 4 prompts to the children to help them locate places in their writing where they could add sensory details to their piece.  Next, I modeled adding descriptive words and phrases to a model narrative essay.  Finally, the students worked on revising their personal narrative to add sensory details and then we shared the improvements they made.

After our writing lesson, we switched to the reading and independent work portion.  Today, while I met with guided reading groups, the children read a non-fiction piece about Jacques Cartier and added his place of origin and goals to the chart we began yesterday.  After that, the students used the Colombian Exchange text and their graphic organizer to write a paragraph naming and explaining the effects of the Colombian Exchange.  Finally, the students worked on their opinion paragraph about whether or not plastic straws should be banned, based upon the debate they read last week.

Blue:  We reviewed the unknown words and shared items they found surprising and confusing in the text about Jacques Cartier.  After that, we set up a cause and effect chart, on the back of the text, and identified an example from it.

Pink:  We reviewed the unknown words and shared items they found surprising and confusing in the text about Jacques Cartier.  After that, we set up a cause and effect chart, on the back of the text, and identified an example from it.

Green:  We reviewed the unknown words and shared items they found surprising and confusing in the text about Jacques Cartier.  After that, we set up a cause and effect chart, on the back of the text, and identified an example from it.

We ended the day by watching a Discovery Education video about the European explorers and the age of discovery.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Terrific Tuesday

With our late arrival, due to the ice, the students began the day by completing the Tuesday portion of the vocabulary sheet for our word of the week, decrease.  Then, they practiced their keyboarding skills using the web site, Typing Club.

After the announcements, we began a social studies lesson.  First, we reviewed what we had learned about Christopher Columbus's origin, destination, and goals.  Then, we added the information to a chart we will use to keep track of many of the European explorers.   Next, we read a section of text about John Cabot, and added his information to the chart.

The students then enjoyed lunch.  When they returned to class, we switched for math.

Math began with a quick, Eliminate It, fraction warm up.  Then, we reviewed last night's homework.  Next, the children took a formative covering word problems involving fractions and time.  When the children were done, they completed a session of Xtra Math.

The formatives have been graded and returned to students.  We will go over it in class tomorrow.

Math homework is posted in GC.

After math, we began our literacy block with a writing lesson.  After reviewing what we have learned about writing personal narratives, and the rubric I will use to grade their final piece, the students reread all of their drafts and selected one to take through the writing process.  Then, they worked on finishing that narrative, and adding transitional words and phrases and sensory details to it, as they ate snack.

After writing, we reread the text about the Colombian Exchange and identified the effects of it.

Finally, the students ended their day in art with Mrs. Daniell.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Marvelous Monday

This morning the students commented about their weekend, on our morning message post, and then completed the Monday section, of the vocabulary sheet, for our new word of the week, decrease.  After the announcements, we switched for math.

We began math with an addition pyramid warm up.  Then, we went over last Wednesday's homework.  After that, we began our rotations.

During the small group lesson we focused on representing and solving word problems involving mass and fractions.  During math with a partner, the students played, "Roll a Row", to get practice with converting time measurements, involving fractions, and simplifying fractions.  Finally, during the technology portion, the students completed a session of Xtra Math and the practiced identifying fractions parts of a model while playing Sushi Fractions.

In between the second and third rotations, the students enjoyed lunch  and then returned to class to complete our math block.

Math homework is posted in GC and we will have a formative tomorrow covering word problems involving measurement, comparisons, and fractions.

After math, we began our literacy block with a writing lesson.  First, we reviewed our notes about personal narratives.  Then, we revisited the essay we read on Friday that was written by a 15 year old about respecting nature.  Next, I distributed a resource listing many transitional words and phrases.  The students used this to identify some in the writing we read last Friday.  Finally, the students began drafting s new personal narrative, using transitional words and phrases, about a time they learned something from a family member.

After a couple of children shared their writing, we watched a very short video clip about the early Eurpoean explorers.  Then, we packed up and prepared for dismissal.

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