Friday, December 15, 2017

Fabulous Friday

This morning, the students completed the Friday section of the vocabulary sheet for our word of the week, usually.  Then, they chose which academic skill they wanted to practice, since it is free choice Friday.  After watching the announcements, we switched for math.

Math began with a error analysis warm up that involved multiplying a whole number by a fraction.  After that, we reviewed last night's homework.  Then, we began our rotations.

During the small group instruction, we used our knowledge of factors to match equivalent equations.  During math with a partner, the students used dice to create equations involving the multiplication of a whole number and a fraction.  Then they wrote the equation, drew a model, show it one a number line, and wrote the product.  Finally, during the technology rotation, the students completed a session of Xtra Math and then practiced multiplying a whole number by a fraction using an online web site.

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

I left after recess to attend a medical appointment.  SO, the following are the plans I left for the sub.

After math, the students continued their writing unit focusing on writing personal narratives.  Today they reviewed what they have learned this week and then began a new personal narrative draft, focusing on using sensory details in their writing.

After that, the students began their independent work for our literacy block.  First, the completed a formative focusing on making inferences from text.  Next, the reread an article that we began in guided reading groups, earlier this week, and identified 3 key details that supported the main idea.  They also explained why they chose the key details.  Finally, they worked though a Flocabulary lesson about sensory details.

They ended the day with a science lesson.  Earlier in the week we analysed and discussed 3 case studies of run-off water.  Today, they will choose 2 to analyze in writing.  This will be a graded assignment.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Thrilling Thursday

This morning the students completed the Thursday section for the vocabulary word of the week, usually.  Then, they attempted to solve this week's puzzles and posted their guesses in the comment section.  After the announcements, we switched for math.

We began math with a warm up practicing multiplying a whole number by a fraction.  Then, we reviewed last night's homework.  After that, the students took a formative covering measurement to the nearest quarter inch (or eighth) and then plotting the data on a line plot.  Most students did very well.  Look for these in the math section of the binder.  With the few minutes remaining before lunch, we played a quick game of Kahoot which practiced reading a ruler.

After enjoying lunch and indoor recess, the students completed a session of Xtra Math.  Then, we used a game of Kahoot to practice multiplying a whole number by a fraction.

For math homework the students received a worksheet, but it is also posted in GC.

After math, we began our literacy block with a writing lesson.  After reviewing our notes about personal narratives, we read another narrative, by Betsy Byars, about the snake we heard about during yesterday's lesson.  After that, we identified examples of sensory details that helped us visualize her experience.

Then, the students went to music with Mrs. Graf.

When they returned to class, the wrote silently for 15 minutes.  After that, volunteers shard their writing with the class.  After each piece, the class shared what they liked about the child's writing and identified questions they were wondering.

Next, we began our independent work block.  First, the children completed the writing piece they began during the writing lesson.  After that, they reread the article, from guided reading group earlier this week, and identified the main idea, key details, and some began summarizing the text.  FInally, the students completed the Flocabulary summarizing lesson.

During this time I met with individual students to ask comprehension questions for our bi-monthly, informal, reading assessments.


Due to some housekeeping items (the paper bag project and determining how to use Makerspace) we did not get to science.

Social Studies begins next week!




Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Wonderful Wednesday

This morning the students completed the Wednesday portion of the vocabulary sheet for our word of the week, usually.  Then, since it is Word Wednesday, they used an online site to practice making 6 and 7 letter words.  After the announcements, we switched for math.

First, we completed a warm up that required the addition and subtraction of fractions.  Next, we reviewed last night's homework.  After that, we began our rotations.

During the small group instruction, we used number lines, and other visuals, to multiply a whole number by a fraction.  During math with a partner, the students watched  Learn Zillion lesson, with their partner, about multiplying a whole number by a fraction.  Then, they used their knowledge to play a board game focusing on the same skill.  Finally, during the technology portion, the children completed a session of Xtra Math and then practiced multiplying whole numbers by fractions using sites posted in GC.

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

Math homework is posted in GC.

After math, we began our literacy block with a whole group writing lesson.  First, we reviewed what we have learned about writing personal narratives and added notes to pour class chart.  Then, we read, and discussed, a personal narrative written by Betsy Byars.  Next, we all did a Quick Write about an interesting event from our own life.  After that, we ate snack and shared our writing.

Next, we began our independent work portion of the literacy block.  During this time, the students began by beginning a new personal narrative draft about en interesting event.  Next, they reread their article from yesterday and answered questions about the main idea and key details.  After that, they had time to complete the Flocabulary lesson about summarizing.

During this time I met with guided a reading group and a couple of individual students.

I met with the reading group reading, "Saving Daylight".  We read and discussed the article focusing on unknown words, and surprising and confusing parts.  The individual students with whom I met, read out loud for me and answered some comprehension questions, as part of the informal bi-monthly reading assessments.

During the block, Mrs. Allaire came to visit us and teach us about Makerspace, a space in the media center that allows the students to create, build, and explore.  Today the entire class got to play with an Ozobot.  You can check it out on Amazon...it was pretty cool!

After Mrs. Allaire left, we turned our attention to science.  We analyzed and discussed 3 different water samples used in a case study.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Terrific Tuesday

This morning the students completed the Tuesday section of the vocabulary sheet for our word of the week, usually.  Then, they practiced their keyboarding skills using Typing Club.  After the announcements, we switched for math.

Math began with an error analysis warm up involving the subtraction of fractions.  Then, we reviewed last night's homework.  After that, we began our rotations.

During the small group instruction, we represented and interpreted measurement data using line plots.  During math with a partner, the students watched a Learn Zillion lesson about line plots and then created a line plot using dice to determine the data.  Finally, during the technology rotation, the students completed a session of Xtra Math.  Then, they viewed a Khan Academy lesson about line plots and completed the associated practice activity.

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

Students were given a paper during the small group instruction to complete for homework.  I also attached it to a post in GC.

After math, we began our literacy block.

First, I showed the students the information about the Paper Bag Project representing the countries they researched.  We spent time discussing the requirements, the due date, and who was to complete the work.  Then, they each got a copy of the instructions, and a paper bag to use.

Next, we began our writing lesson.  First, we reviewed the personal narratives we read yesterday.  Next, we began a class chart titled, "Notes about Personal Narratives," and added "tells a true story from the author's life."  Next, we read another personal narrative written by Eloise Greenfield, about an experience she had when the boxing champ, Joe Louis, played on a golf course near her home.  After that, the students spent 20 minutes beginning a draft of a personal narrative about a special memory from their life.  Finally, while we ate snack, the students shared their writing with the class.

Next, we began our independent work block.  First, the children read an assigned article, twice.  The second time they read it, they circled unknown words and marked places that were surprising and/or confusing.  Next, they worked on the two drafts they began yesterday and today during the writing block.  Additionally, they finished their topic list for personal narratives.  After that, they completed the Flocabulary assignment, about summarizing text, that they began yesterday.

Guided Reading:

Today the groups were based on our upcoming bi-monthly informal reading assessments.  Based on data, students were assigned an article to read. 

I had a chance to meet with 2 out of the 3 groups and listen to each child read.  Additionally, we discussed unknown words, and confusing and surprising parts.

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

Monday, December 11, 2017

Marvelous Monday

This morning, the students commented on our morning message, sharing what they did over the weekend.  Then, they completed the Monday section, of the vocabulary sheet, for our new word of the week, usually.  After the announcements, we switched for math.

Math began with an open ended warm up, involving division, multiplication, and logic.  Then, we reviewed Thursday night's homework.  After that, we began our rotations.

During the small group instruction, we used our knowledge about equivalent fractions to determine points on an inch ruler partitioned into eighths.  During math with a partner, the students watched two short video clips about measurement, using a ruler.  Then they solves an equation involving fractions and drew a line that measured the answer to the equation.  Finally, during the technology portion, the students completed a session of Xtra Math and then played an online measurement game using rulers partitioned in eighths.

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

Math homework is posted in GC.

After math, we began our literacy block.  We began with a writing lesson.  Since today was the first day of a new, 4 week unit about writing personal narratives, we began by using Class Dojo to pick new partners.  After that, we read and discussed two short personal narratives, written by Eloise Green field.  Then, the children thought about their first "remembered life" memories and shared them with their new writing partners.  After sharing a few with the class, the students wrote for 5 minutes about an early memory from their life.  Then, a few volunteers read their writing out loud.

Next, the students went to PE with Mr. Smith.

When they returned to class, they ate snack and began drafting a personal narrative about an early memory.  After 10 minutes, we stopped and a couple of students shared their pieces.  Then, we reviewed today's independent work for our literacy block.

First, the students spent another 10-20 minutes working on their early memory personal narrative draft.  After that, they worked on a topic list for our personal narrative writing unit.  Finally, they began a Flocabulary lesson about summarizing text by watching the lesson video and completing 2 activities.

As they worked, I met with guided reading groups.

I met with all 3 reading groups.  Each group reviewed the concept of summarizing text to include the main idea and important details.  We discussed that an important detail is one that has a direct connection to the main idea.  After that, the children read a nonfiction piece about word in the English Language.  Next, we discussed unknown words, and surprising and confusing parts of the text.  After that, we determined the main idea and the students reread the text with the purpose to underline 3 key details.  Finally, we reviewed the details they underlined and discussed the structure of the text.

We ended the day with a guest reader.  One of our first grade friends came in to read a book to us.  So fun!


Friday, December 8, 2017

Fabulous Friday

Today we were so fortunate to attend the US Air Force, Spirit of the Season rehearsal.  It was a magical show with great holiday music and beautiful singing.  It was such a fun experience.  The children were so well behaved.  They ate snack on the way to the show and ate lunch on the way home.

When we returned to school, the children had indoor recess so that they had a chance to move around a bit.

After that, we had a "Finish Up Friday" literacy block.  Students had time to complete their expository writing piece and the Flocabulary lesson about roots in words.

After that, we reviewed the vocabulary sheet for our word of the week, typical.  Then we watched the US Air Force's flash mob video, since we heard the song during the show today.

We ended the day with a class meeting.  First, we each shared our favorite part of today's show.  Then we exchanged thank yous and compliments.  Finally, we discussed a few challenges.  These included being aware of your surroundings during our independent work time, sharing the flexible seating choices (fuzzy chair, rocking chair, etc.), and keeping calm and quiet when we play Kahoot.

All in all, it was fabulous Friday and wonderful week!!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Thrilling Thursday

This morning the students completed the Thursday section of the vocabulary sheet for our word of the week, typical.  After that, they attempted to solve our weekly puzzles and posted their guesses in the comment section.  After the announcements, we switched for math.

We began math with word problems involving the addition of mixed numbers.  Then, we reviewed last night's homework.  After that, we began our rotations.

During the small group instruction, we added and subtracted mixed numbers, by composing and decomposing whole numbers.  During math with a partner, the students engaged in math discourse, as they solved several problems involving the addition and subtraction of mixed numbers, on task cards in GC.  After that, they played Fraction War, to work on comparing fractions, or Multiplication War, to practice basic facts.  Finally,  during the technology rotation, the children completed a session of Xtra Math and then used the Fraction Live Binder to practice more skills.

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

For homework the students need to complete the 4 problems on the back of the worksheet we began in small group.  I will post those problems in GC in case they misplace the worksheet.

After math, we began our literacy block.  First, we read and discussed the fictional piece, "Zoo."  Then, we began identifying some of the inferences we could make from the text.  After that, the students ate their snack.

Next, since the children were supposed to go to music, but there wasn't a sub for Mrs. Graf who was absent, we played a 4th grade music review Kahoot game.  In essence, I used it to teach music!  Oh, and I played one round with them and I WON!!!!!

After music we returned to our literacy block.

While I met with guided reading groups, the students completed their assignments from yesterday.  First, they finished the Flocabulary lesson about word roots.  Next, they finished revising, publishing, and printing their expository piece.  Finally, they got to continue working on Hour of Code.

Guided Reading Groups:

I met with all three groups.  We reread the piece called, "Zoo," and made inferences for each underlined section.

After our literacy block, we continued our science lesson from yesterday.  While small groups met with me to use litmus strips to test the pH of vinegar, water, lemon juice, and soap, the students watched Brain Pop lessons about the pH scale and acids and bases.  After meeting with me, they used the pH to determine if each liquid was an acid or a base.  Then they wrote a couple of sentences explaining what  they learned from the lesson.

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