Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Wonderful Wednesday - Grandparent's Day

This morning the children worked on a Flocabulary lesson about Thanksgiving.  Then, after the announcements, we began our first STEM activity of the year.

With the help of our grandparents, the students worked collaboratively, in groups of 3, to build a boat (the Mayflower) that could hold the most cargo (pennies) using just 1 straw, a piece of paper, and one piece of foil.  The students were very excited and engaged, and the y learned a lot!

Next the students ate lunch, and many went out with their grandparents.

After lunch we cleaned up the mess from our STEM activity and worked on completing the research for the country we will write up in our expository piece.

We ended the day playing Kahoot.  We played a few games related to the history of Thanksgiving.  Then, we played a few Thanksgiving related math games, too.

Wishing each and every one of you, and your loved ones, a very happy Thanksgiving!!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Terrific Tuesday

This morning, the students practiced their keyboarding skills, since it is Typing Tuesday.  Then, after the announcements, we were treated to a great presentation about protecting our hearing from our noisy planet.  This was sponsored by NIH.

After that, we took a walk around the outside of our building to make maps of our school yard, indicating the natural and human-made features that are present.

Next, we ate snack and began a shortened literacy block.  Students had time to catch up on unfinished work.  First, some students had to complete the vocabulary quiz from yesterday.  Next, the children completed a paragraph., using RACER, to explain why it is important for our neighborhood to protect the Chesapeake Bay.  Finally, they worked on researching the country which they will use to write their expository writing piece.

After our literacy block, we switched for math. 

Math began with an eliminate it, fraction warm up.  As we reviewed the warm up we got derailed (in a good way) by a mini lesson focusing on the difference between a mixed number and an improper fraction.  After that, we reviewed last night's homework.

Then, due to time constraints, we continued with a whole group math lesson.  First, we determined that fractions equal to one-half will have a numerator that is half of its denominator.  Then, we watched a quick video lesson explaining how to use one-half as a benchmark fraction to help us compare fractions.  Next, we solved some problems comparing fractions and took time to clearly explain our thinking.

Math homework is posted in Google Classroom.

After math, the students enjoyed outdoor recess and then lunch.

When they returned to the classroom, they had 20 more minutes to work on their science paragraph and their country research.  Then the children packed up and went to art, where they ended their day with Mrs. Daniell.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Marvelous Monday

This morning, after commenting about their weekend on the morning message, the students completed a vocabulary quiz covering the first 9 weeks of our word of the week program.  After the announcements, we switched for math.

Math began with a mystery number warm up.  Then, we began our rotations.

During the small group instruction, we began our study of fractions by generating fractions equal to one-half, and using benchmarks to help estimate the placement of a fraction on a number line.  During math with a partner, the students asked to have time to complete the Mystery Number activity from last week.  During the technology portion, the students completed a session of Xtra math and then chose between the factor Soduko and an activity in the fraction Live Binder.

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

Math homework is posted in GC.

After math, we began our literacy block.  First we reviewed last week's puzzle and word of the week, essential.  Then, we reviewed the "People" page in the research notebook.  Students had a chance to begin researching the people of their country before going to PE.

When they returned from PE,  we identified and discussed the structural elements of poetry and read a poem called, "Drop a Pebble in the Water".  Then, we reviewed today's independent work assignments.

While I met with guided reading groups, the students completed the vocabulary quiz for the words of the weeks that we've done this far.  After that, they wrote a paragraph, suing the RACER strategy, explaining why we need to protect the Chesapeake Bay, even though we live far from it.  Finally, they worked on researching the people in the country they are going to use for our expository writing piece.

Green:  We read and discussed the poem, "The Winter Olympics are Practically Here" and identified the elements of poetry including, line, stanza, and rhyming patterns.  The students were told to read this poem out loud as part of their reading homework this evening.

Pink:  We read and discussed the poem, "The Setter Sweater Store" and identified the elements of poetry including, line, stanza, and rhyming patterns.  The students were told to read this poem out loud as part of their reading homework this evening.

Blue:    We read and discussed the poem, "Wendy Wise" and identified the elements of poetry including, line, stanza, and rhyming patterns.  The students were told to read this poem out loud as part of their reading homework this evening.



Friday, November 17, 2017

Fantastic Friday

This morning, the students completed the Friday section of the vocabulary sheet for our word of the week, essential.  Then, they wrote what they are thankful for on a leaf that will be hung on our Wimsthankful Tree in the main hallway of the school.  After watching the announcements, the students had time to catch up on their country research since we were in a shelter in pace.  Once that was lifted, we switched for math.

We began math with a warm up that prepared us for our formative of prime and composite numbers.  Then, we reviewed last night's homework.  Next, we began our formative.  Since it was almost lunch time, I begged the children, numerous times, to take their time and reassured them that they would get more time to complete it.

After lunch, the students in my math class had time to complete their formative.  The rest of my homeroom, students continued researching their country's geography, history, and culture.

The math assessments have been scored and returned to the students.  I was lenient on my grading of the final question because it was poorly worded.

Once everyone was finished, my homeroom took a vote choosing between our reading formative or the science formative.  The majority selected to take the reading formative today.  So, we will do the science one on Monday.

At the end of the day we had a class meeting.  First, we shared what we are thankful for.  Then, we exchanged thank yous and compliments.  Next, we discussed the useage of the bean bags, which has improved.

Finally, we played some Kahoot games as our whole class Dojo reward.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thrilling Thursday

This morning the students completed the Thursday section of the vocabulary sheet for our word of the week, essential.  Then, they attempted to solve our weekly puzzles.  After the announcements, we switched for math.

Math began with a "Tell Me About It" warm up.  The students were given a set of data and had to identify true mathematical statements they could make using it.  Then, we reviewed last night's homework.  After that, we began our rotations.

During the small group instruction, we applied our understanding of factors and multiples to solve number puzzles.  During math with a partner, the students worked together, engaging in math discourse, to use clues, involving factors and multiples, top identify mystery numbers.  Finally, during the technology portion, the students completed a session of Xtra Math.  Then, they worked on Soduko type puzzles, using factors as clues.

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

Math homework tonight is the last 3 questions on the worksheet we used during the small group instruction.  For those who forgot their paper in school, it is also posted in GC.

After math, we began our literacy block.  I took time to model how to use the online resources to research the history/culture of Australia.  After that, the children had time to work on researching the history and culture of their own country, before going to music.

When the children returned to class, they ate snack, while I did a mini-lesson introducing proverbs.  I defined proverbs as brief, popular  sayings expressing a wise thought.  We identified and explained a few.  Then I reviewed today's independent work.

While I met with guided reading groups, the children spent the majority of their time working on their research for their countries.  They used online resources, available in Google Classroom - Writing, to complete the Geography and History/Culture pages. 

I met with all three reading groups.  We reviewed the definition of a proverb.  Then, as a warm up, each student had 5 minutes to see how many common proverbs they could complete on a worksheet.  After reviewing the 12 proverbs, we discussed a proverb from the play, "The Gifts of Wali Dad".  Finally, we wrapped up by discussing the proverb, "Don't judge a book by its cover."

We ended the day with a science lesson.  First, we reviewed the concept of a watershed.  Then we watched a short video explaining the idea of a watershed and discussed new understandings.  After that, the students used several online resources to discuss, with their table mates, why it is important for our neighborhood to take steps to protect the Chesapeake Bay.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wonderful Wednesday

This morning, the students completed the Wednesday portion of the vocabulary sheet for our word of the week, essential.  Then, they played an online game focusing on the spelling of commonly misspelled words.  After the announcements, we switched for math.

Math began with a factor pair warm up.  After that, we reviewed last night's homework.  Then, we began our rotations.

During the small group instruction we used our knowledge of factors and multiples to solve problems.  The students also completed a graded exit card covering factors and multiples.  During math with a partner, the children played an online factor game, engaging in math discourse.  Finally, during the technology rotation, the children completed a session of Xtra Math.  Then, they chose an online game from the Prime and Composite Live Binder.

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.  First, we went through the research notebook, for our expository writing piece, page by page.  Then, we briefly discussed that plays can be presented in written, oral, and performance forms.  after that, I reviewed the children's independent work for today.

First, the students listened to an oral presentation of "Wali Dad".  Then, they watched a visual performance of it.  During this time, they responded to questions to help the compare and contrast the written, oral, and visual forms of the drama.  After that, they researched the geography of the country they chose, using online resources.  Finally, the students had time to review the parts of speech using the Flocabulary.com assignment from yesterday.

While they worked, I met with all 3 guided reading groups.  In each group we did the same lesson.

First, we reviewed that a theme is the main message, that is inferred through the words and actions of the main characters, in fiction.  Then we discussed possible themes of "Wali Dad".  After that, we assigned parts and read through a new play, "Cinderella Outgrows the Glass Slipper".  Then, we discussed possible themes of Cinderella.  Finally, we compared the themes of Wali Dad and Cinderella.

After our literacy block, we took a quick Go Noodle brain break.

Then we watched an online presentation defining and describing watersheds.  After that,m the students re-watched the video and completed a Frayer Model for watershed, defining it, and identifying characteristics, examples, and non-examples.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Terrific Tuesday

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

Math began with a number sense, logic warm up.  After that, we reviewed last night's homework.  Then, we began our rotations.

During the small group rotation, we reviewed the difference between a prime and composite number, and how to identify factor pairs.  Then, we used a hundreds chart, and our knowledge of multiples, to identify the prime numbers, up to 100.  During math with a partner, the students played the Factor Game to reinforce factor pairs and prime and composite numbers.  Finally, during the technology rotation, the children completed a session of Xtra Math and then chose a prime and composite number online game to further reinforce this skill.

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

Math homework is posted in GC.

After math,we began our literacy block.  We started with our writing lesson.

First, we reviewed what we did in class yesterday.  Then, I distributed a "Research Notebook" to each student.  After that, they had 10 minutes to SILENTLY explore various web sites and list 4-6 countries about which they want to learn.  Next, they continued exploration but were allowed to engage in discussion with peers.  Finally, they chose their country to research.

Next, we focused on reading.  We reviewed the elements of drama and I did an introduction to the play, "Wali Dad".

While I met with guided reading groups, the students worked independently on the following tasks.  First, they watched a video explaining the characteristics of drama and completed a chart to capture the important ideas.  After that, they completed the first two columns of a KWL chart, identifying what they KNOW and WANT to learn about the country they chose to research.  After that, they began working their way through a Flocabulary lesson reviewing the parts of speech.

Green:  We identified several play elements in the script of "Wali Dad".  Then, we assigned roles and read through the play.

Pink and Blue:  I met with both groups together.  We identified several play elements in the script of "Wali Dad".  Then, we assigned roles and read through the play.

After our literacy block, we took a quick Go Noodle brain break and then began a science lesson.

Today, in science, we learned about the ONOW project to help improve the conditions of the Chesapeake Bay.

The students ended their day in art, with Mrs. Daniell, while I attended our weekly team planning meeting.

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