Friday, February 17, 2017

Fabulous Friday!

This morning, the children, once again, had time to catch up on unfinished assignments.  Then they got to choose whether they wanted to read quietly, practice keyboarding, or work on math concepts.  After attendance and lunch count, they enjoyed music with Ms. Thomson.  When they returned to class we watched the morning announcements.

Next we switched for math and took a Go Noodle brain break.  After that, we reviewed last night's homework.  Then the student's took this week's formative.  These have been scored and returned.  Look for them in home folders this evening.  At the end of the math block, I reviewed the correct answers for the formative and then the students played an online game practicing identifying equivalent fractions.

After math the students enjoyed lunch and outdoor recess.

When they returned, we began our literacy block.  We began by reviewing what we noticed about persuasive essays.  Then we read a new persuasive essay and identified the opinion, audience, and reasons provided by the author.  After that, we added to our class list of possible opinions we could use in our writing.  Then the children wrote for 15 uninterrupted minutes.  Finally, a few had a chance to share their work.

After that, we reviewed the allusions to Greek mythology, that are commonly used in conversation and writing.  Then, while I met with small groups to conduct WTW assessments, the students completed any unfinished work and made Greek God/Goddesses trading cards.

We ended the day with our weekly class meeting.  During the group share, each person explained what they liked, or didn't like, about our new writing program.  then we exchanged a lot (yippee) of thank yous and compliments.

It was certainly a GREAT end to the week.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Thrilling Thursday

This morning, the students had the chance, once again, to catch up on unfinished assignments.  After the announcements we began the third persuasive writing lesson in the new program.

We began by reviewing the persuasive essays we read yesterday and the purpose and audience of each.  Then read a new persuasive piece, determined the purpose and audience, and noticed how the author clearly states his opinion early, in one sentence, and then immediately gives some reasons.  Finally, the students chose an opinion, from our class chart, and wrote about it for 10 minutes.

Next we switched or math and took a Go Noodle brain break.  After that we did a warm up and went over last night's homework.  Then we began our rotations.

During the small group instruction we practiced identifying equivalent fractions using number lines.  During math with a partner the students identified equivalent fractions playing, Go Darth.  Finally, during the technology rotation,  the students practiced identifying equivalent fractions using the sites, IXL Equivalent Fractions and Caterpillar Equivalent Fractions.

For HOMEWORK the students need to complete the worksheet we began in class.

After math the students enjoyed lunch and indoor recess.  Then we began our literacy block.

First, we had another persuasive writing lesson.  This lesson focused on what we noticed about persuasive essays, me modeling a quick write persuasive essay, and then the students writing about an opinion for 15 uninterrupted minutes.  Finally, some of the children shared their writing.

Next we took a Go Noodle brain break and turned our attention to reading.

While I met with groups the students reread Theseus and the Minotaur and finished their summaries.  Then they watched a video of the myth and compared and contrasted the two versions, using a graphic organizer.  If they finished early, they caught up on unfinished work.

Pink and Blue:  With the help of the text, we retold the main details in the myth, Theseus and the Minotaur.  Then we used our inferencing skills to determine a theme.

Orange:  Students shared their summaries and we identified areas that included too many unimportant details.  Then we used the summary and our inferencing skills to determine the theme in the myth.

Green:  Students shared their summaries and we identified areas that included too many unimportant details.  Then we used the summary and our inferencing skills to determine the theme in the myth.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wonderful Wednesday

This morning the students had a chance to catch up on unfinished work.  Those who are up to date worked on their story in their Writing Wednesday journal.

After the announcements we began a brand new, scripted, step by step writing program.  I am really hopeful that this will help our students develop great writing skills.

We began by getting writing partners and sharing what we like to write about.  Then we read a persuasive essay about bugs being creepy and gross.  After that we discussed the author's purpose and why we need to learn how to write to persuade.

Next, we switched for math and took a Go Noodle brain break.  Then we completed a warm up, reviewing various math concepts, and went over last night's homework.  After that we began our math rotations.

During the small group instruction we used number lines to identify and generate equivalent fractions.  During math with a partner the children played Go Darth, a version of Go Fish, to practice comparing fractions.  Finally, during the technology rotation, the students watched a Learn Zillion lesson, and took notes in their math journal, about identifying and generating equivalent fractions.  Then they practiced identifying equivalent fractions as they played Fraction Bingo.

For HOMEWORK the children need to complete the worksheet we began in small group.

After math, the students enjoyed lunch and outdoor recess.

When they returned to class, we began our literacy block.  First, we reviewed our writing lesson from this morning, identifying the author's purpose and audience.  After that we read another persuasive essay and discussed the purpose and audience.  Next we began a list of possible opinions for a persuasive essay.  Then the children spent 15, uninterrupted minutes, writing.  During this time they either worked on a persuasive essay topic list or wrote about one of their own opinions.

After writing, it was time for art with Mr. Cosgrove.

Then the children began reading and summarizing the myth, Theseus and the Minotaur.  Those who finished early, worked on any unfinished work from earlier in the week such as the Wanted poster, and the extreme weather article.

Pink:  We met and read and discussed the myth, Theseus and the Minotaur.  Then we retold the important events in the text.  For HOMEWORK the students need to reread the myth and number the paragraphs.

Blue:  The students met with Mrs. Mitch (I was at a meeting) and read and discussed the myth, Theseus and the Minotaur.  For HOMEWORK they need to reread the myth and number the paragraphs.

HOMEWORK is posted on GC - Holman's Homework.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Terrific Tuesday - Valentine's Day

This morning the students had a chance to catch up on unfinished assignments.  Those who are up-to-date practiced keyboarding using Typing Club.  After the announcements we began our social studies block.  The children, worked independently, using various resources to learn about the settlement of Jamestown, Virginia.  They viewed maps, video clips, and non-fiction text.  towards the end of the period we shared what they had added to their settlements chart, located in GC - SS.

Next we switched for math and took a Go Noodle brain break.  Then the children completed a written warm up that we reviewed together.  Then we began our rotations.

During the small group instruction we practiced identifying equivalent fractions using number lines.  I also showed the students how to use division or multiplication to generate equivalent fractions.  During math with a partner the children played a version of Go Fish, called,"Go Darth" to practice identifying equivalent fractions.  Finally, the students used two web sites, Battleship Number Line and Number Line Game, to practice placing, comparing, and ordering fractions on a number line.

For HOMEWORK the children need to complete the worksheet we began in small group.

After math, the students enjoyed lunch and outdoor recess.  Then they went to PE with Mr. Smith.  During PE, all students participated in Jump Rope for Heart.

When we returned to class we began reading the myth, "Theseus and the Minotaur".

Finally, we celebrated Valentine's Day with an awesome party!

HOMEWORK is posted on Google CLassroom - Holman's Homework.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Marvelous Monday

This morning the students completed a graded activity, using resources posted in GC-Science, about wind, clouds and rain.  Then Ms. Snyder visited us to do a lesson about Cyber Bullying, what it is and how to respond to it.

Next we switched for math and took a Go Noodle brain break.  Today's math block centered around an Elementary Mathematics Assessment Task, new this year, that is MCPS mandated.  So, we began by reviewing converting units of time and identifying how to compare measurements of time reported using various units.  After that, the students worked independently on the task.

For HOMEWORK tonight, students should work on their basic fact fluency using Xtra Math, unless they were absent last week.  If so, then they should catch up on the Learn Zillion and Khan Academy lesson, posted in GC - Math, that were assigned last week.

After math, the students enjoyed lunch and indoor recess.

Then we began our literacy block.  Last week our instruction focused on naming character traits, identifying evidence of actions and/or words to support the trait, and then explain how it led to the sequence of events in a myth.

Today, the children used these skills to identify the character they thought was most responsible for starting the Trojan War, using the text, "The Apple of Discord".  Before getting started, though, the class helped me identify a criteria for success list for the activity.

Once they finished that task, they finished their informative paragraph for their extreme weather topic, and the "Wind, Clouds & Rain" task from this morning.

As they worked I pulled a group of students who were absent last week or were struggling with the myth.  Together, we reread, "The Apple of Discord," and identified actions or words that supported whether each character help some responsibility for starting the Trojan War.

We ended the day in the media center with Mrs. Allaire.  In preparation for the third quarter inquiry project, she did a lesson about the different techniques used by advertisers.

HOMEWORK is posted on GC-Holman's Homework.

Tomorrow will be a fun-filled day for students they will enjoy Jump Rope for Heart in PE and then celebrate Valentine's Day with a party in our classroom.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Fabulous Friday!

The students began their day in music with Ms. Thomson.  When they returned to class we watched the morning announcements and reviewed the answers to yesterday's puzzles.  Then we switched for math.

We began math by taking a Go Noodle brain break.  Then we reviewed last night's homework and prepared for today's formative.  After that the children took the quiz.  These have been graded and returned.  Look for them in home folders this evening.  With the few minutes we had left, we took a look at some PARCC type questions involving fractions, to familiarize students with different ways they may be asked to use the skills they've learned.

After math, the students enjoyed lunch and indoor recess, due to the cold temperatures.

We began our literacy block after recess.

First we reviewed the independent task list and I answered questions regarding expectations and criteria for success.  Then we reread, and attempted to act out, the play, "The Apple of Discord," again, and students made markings on the text to help them complete part of their independent work.

While I met with guided reading groups the students completed a chart identifying words or actions, for each character, supporting whether they were or weren't responsible for starting the Trojan War.   After that, some students had to finish the character trait web, identifying both traits and support from the myth.  Finally, all children worked on completed their informative paragraph for their extreme weather topic.

Orange:  I introduced the terms protagonist and antagonist to the group.  Then we discussed Medusa and Athena, their character traits, support from the text, and how the traits contributed to the sequence of events in the myth, The Story of Medusa and Athena".  After that, we briefly discussed which character they thought started the Trojan War and why.

Green:  I introduced the terms protagonist and antagonist to the group.  Then we discussed Medusa and Athena, their character traits, support from the text, and how the traits contributed to the sequence of events in the myth, The Story of Medusa and Athena".  After that, we briefly discussed which character they thought started the Trojan War and why.

Blue and Pink:  We reread the myth, "Pegasus," and retold the events in order.  After that we identified character traits and how they impacted events in the story.

We wrapped up the day, and week, with a brief class meeting.  We shared our plans for the weekend and exchanged a few compliments and thank yous.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Thrilling Thursday

It's puzzle Thursday, so before the announcements the students checked out today's puzzles and attempted to figure them out.  Then they watched a video about the Lost Colony of Roanoke.  Afterwards, we continued with social studies.

First we rewatched the video (it was only 5 minutes) and discussed important facts.  After that, I reviewed how to use text features to help gain information from non-fiction text.  Then the children had time to read about the attempted settlement of Roanoke and complete the chart that was introduced yesterday.  Finally, we shared the information that we added to our charts.

Next, we switched for math and took a Go Noodle brain break.  After that, we completed an Agree or Disagree math warm up focusing on using denominators to compare fractions.  Then, we reviewed last night's homework and began our rotations.

During the small group lesson we practiced estimating the placement of 3 fractions, less than one, on a number line.  Then we compared the fractions using <, >, or =.  Finally, we ordered the fractions from least to greatest.

During math with a partner, the children practiced comparing fractions as they played Fraction War.

Finally, during the technology rotation, the children watched 2 Khan Academy lessons about comparing fractions and then completed a follow up activity.  Those who finished early worked on their basic fact fluency using Xtra Math.

For HOMEWORK there is a worksheet that children received in class.  We will have a formative tomorrow on estimating the placement of fractions on a number line, comparing fractions, and ordering fractions.

After math, the students enjoyed lunch and indoor recess.

The afternoon focused on our literacy block.  First we reviewed how a character's traits can impact the sequence of events in a myth.  Then, as a class, we read and discussed the play, "The Apple of Discord", about how the Trojan War began.

Then, the children returned to their seats to work independently.  First, they reread the play and identified the actions and/or words of characters as having contributed, or not, to the start of the war.  After that, some students had to complete their character trait web from yesterday.  Next, the students continued writing their paragraph informing about the extreme weather they researched.

Unfortunately, this was all cut short when we were reminded of a lesson in the media center.  :-0  Mrs. Allaire did an introductory lesson for our next inquiry project where the students will work to answer the driving question,  "How can the media responsibly advertise products and services to children?"  DUring the lesson the students created a criteria list for responsible ads.  Then they worked collaboratively to sort ads, using the criteria, into groups of less responsible and more responsible.

When we returned to class, it was time to pack up!!




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