Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Wonderful Wednesday

This morning the students completed the Wednesday section of the vocabulary sheet for our word of the week, contain.  Then, they played an online version of the game Hang Man.  After the announcements, we switched for math.

Math began with a coordinate graphing warm up.  Then, we reviewed the homework from last night.  Next, we began our rotations.

During the small group instruction we practiced solving problems involving coordinate graphing.  During math with a partner, the students played Battle Ship, using coordinates to try to sink each otherÅ› fleet.  Finally, during the technology portion, the children completed a session of Xtra Math and then used online links to practice coordinate graphing.

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 new writing unit which will focus on writing poetry.  Today we got new writing partners.  Then we discussed what makes a poem a poem.  After that, we read a poem entitled, ¨Feeling Ill¨ and discussed sensory details used by the poet.  Next, we did two Quick Writes, writing lines, beginning with verbs ending in -ing, to describe when we feel happy, and then wen we feel a different emotion of our choice.  Finally, during writing time, the children wrote a poem with the title, Feeling ____(an emotion of their choice), and wrote lines beginning with verbs ending in -ing.

After writing, we began our reading and independent work block.

Students began by completing the Wednesday portion of the reading skills practice page.  Then, they reread the article from guided reading groups yesterday and underlined 4 key details that supported the main idea.  Next, the children completed the reading assignment, and their job, for day 4 of book clubs.  After that, some students watched the screen cast and completed the guided practice pages for the lesson about using commas in letters.  Those who had already done that, began working on a Flocabulary assignment about the 13 original colonies.

Guided Reading Groups:

Blue:  We reviewed the Wednesday section of the reading skills practice page with provided practice with making inferences.  Then, together, we reviewed the article about Helen Keller and wrote a main idea statement.  After that, the students revisited the text to identify and write 4 key details that best support the main idea.

Green:  We reviewed the Wednesday section of the reading skills practice page with provided practice with making inferences. Then, together, we reviewed the article about Lewis and Clark and wrote a main idea statement. Next, we began using topic sentences, from different paragraphs, to identify key details that explain or elaborate on the main idea.

We ended the day by enjoying the spring band and chorus concert!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Terrific Tuesday

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

Math began with a pattern based warm up.  Then, we reviewed the homework from last night.  After that, we began our rotations.

During the small group instruction, we used the Glencoe Virtual Manipulative site to solve mathematical problems by graphing points in the first quadrant of a coordinate plane.  During math with a partner, the students worked together to create a picture by plotting coordinates on a grid, and then solved mathematical problems.  Finally, during the technology portion the students completed a session of Xtra Math and then practiced plotting and interpreting points plotted on a coordinate grid using links in the Blendspace  in Google Classroom.

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 writing.  Today, the children worked on revising and publishing the final version of their game directions.  Then, while we ate snack, some volunteers shared their writing.

Next, we began our reading and independent work block.  First, the students completed the Tuesday portion of the reading skills practice sheet which focused on identifying text structure.  After that, each guided reading group read an assigned non-fiction passage circling unknown words and writing a main idea sentence at the end.  After that, students read the next chapters of their book club books, completed their job, and met with their group.  Next, students completed the opinion paragraph about the movie/novel Shiloh and watched the screen cast about commas in letters, while completing the guided practice activities.

Guided Reading Groups:

Green - We reviewed the Monday and Tuesday sections of the reading skills practice sheet.  Then, we identified and defined unknown words in the text about Lewis and Clark.  After that, we reviewed how to use the title, first and last paragraphs, and repeated words and phrases to determine the main idea of the text.

Pink - We reviewed the Monday and Tuesday sections of the reading skills practice sheet.  Then, we identified and defined unknown words in the text about Lewis and Clark.  After that, we reviewed how to use the title, first and last paragraphs, and repeated words and phrases to determine the main idea of the text.

Blue - We reviewed the Monday and Tuesday sections of the reading skills practice sheet.  Then, we identified and defined unknown words in the text about Helen Keller.  After that, we reviewed how to use the title, first and last paragraphs, and repeated words and phrases to determine the main idea of the text.

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

Monday, May 21, 2018

Marvelous Monday

This morning the students commented about their weekend on our morning message.  Then, they completed the Monday portion of the vocabulary sheet for our new word of the week, contain.  After the announcements, they went to PE.

When they returned to class, they completed a Branches of Government sort.

Next, they enjoyed lunch and outdoor recess.

After recess, we began our literacy block with writing.  First, we reviewed and discussed the grading tool I will use to assess their written game directions.  Then, we reviewed using the modal auxiliaries can, may, and must, in their writing.  Finally, we reviewed how to use their word bank booklet, dictionary.com, and their proofreading notes, to revise their game directions.  During their writing time, the children worked with their partners to proofread, revise, and edit their game directions.  Then, those who were ready, began drafting their final version.

Next, we moved onto the reading and independent work block.  Today the students completed the Monday portion of their new reading skills practice sheet, which provided practice with identifying the main idea and supporting details in non-fiction text.  Then, they read their new book club assignment, completed their job, and met with their group.  After that, some students finished their Shiloh opinion paragraph, and others watched a screen cast, and did the guided practice activities, about using commas in letters.

After reading, we switched for math. 

Math began with  a warm up involving the use of equivalent fractions and money to solve a word problem.  Then, we watched a Learn Zillion lesson about coordinate graphing as a class.  Then, we began our rotations.

During the small group lesson we practice plotting coordinates on a grid and then solving real-world problems involving by interpreting them.  During math with a partner, the students created a picture on a grid by plotting coordinates, and then they answered mathematical questions based on their work.  Finally, during the technology portion the children completed a session of Xtra Math and then practiced plotting coordinates on a grid using online web sites on a Blendspace posted in GC.

Math homework is posted in GC.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Fabulous Friday - Author Visit

This morning the students completed the Friday section of the vocabulary sheet for our word of the week, fortunate.  Then they chose the academic skill they wanted to practice since it is Free Choice Friday.  After watching the announcements, we went to an assembly.

Dave Roman, a published author and illustrator, visited our school and shared his passion for reading, writing, and art.  We all enjoyed the wonderful presentation!

When we returned to class, we explored Mr. RomanÅ› web site and began reading his online comic book.

Then, the children enjoyed lunch and indoor recess.

After recess, Mr. Sarisohn was here, as I had to go back to the oral surgeon for a post-op check up.

First, the students had a writing lesson where they learned about using the modal auxiliaries can, must, and may, in functional writing.  Next, they reviewed the various structures for informational text.  After that, they worked independently to identify the text structure for various informational passages.  They also had time to finish up work from earlier in the week.  This included the week 4 formative comparing the point of view and perspective of two texts about the same topic, writing an opinion paragraph about whether they preferred the novel or the movie of Shiloh, and the Flocabulary assignment about the 3 branches of government.

The children ended their day in math.  My math class began with a warm up and then they reviewed the homework from Wednesday night.  After that, they took a formative covering the addition and subtraction of fractions and mixed numbers with unlike denominators.  I will grade and return these on MONDAY.  Finally, they completed a session of Xtra math and used online games to practice adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers with unlike denominators.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Thrilling Thursday - Instrumental Music Concerts

This morning the students completed the Thursday section of the vocabulary sheet for our word of the week, fortunate.  Then, they went down to prepare for their first concert.  I had the pleasure of watching this performance and it was fantastic!!

When they returned to class, we had time to play one of the Kahoot games that was created by students in our class.  Then it was time for lunch and indoor recess.

After recess we began our literacy block with writing.  First, the students and their partners, joined another group of partners to exchange directions and play one another´s game.  As they followed the written directions, they provided feedback when something was unclear, inaccurate, or incomplete.  Finally, students had time to revise their writing based on feedback given by their peers.

Next, we spent a lot of time with me introducing and reviewing procedures and expectations for book groups.  Over the next few weeks, students will participate in a book club group reading and discussing a novel of their choosing.  Today, the students received the packet where they will write down their assignments and complete their jobs for each session.

Then, the students went to music.

When they returned from music, they ate snack and met in their book club groups for the first time.  During their first meeting they chose their job for the first assignment.  Then, they read the first section of text, completed their assigned job, and met to discuss the text.

Finally, the students performed in their second concert of the day!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Wonderful Wednesday - Interim Reports

This morning the students watched a screen cast to learn about the author, Dave Roman, who will be visiting us Friday morning.  Then, they completed the Wednesday section of the vocabulary sheet for our word of the week, fortunate.  Next, those who had time, played an idiom hangman game online.  After the announcements, we switched for math.

Math began with a warm up involving common factors and multiples, and volume.  Next, we reviewed the homework from last night.  Then, we began our rotations.

During the small group lesson we solved word problems involving the addition and subtraction of fractions with unlike denominators.  During math with a partner, the students played a Four in a Row board game, similar to yesterday´s, but today they subtraction mixed numbers with unlike denominators.  Finally, during the technology portion, the students completed a session of Xtra Math and then chose a game from the Blendspace to practice adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators.

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

Math homework is posted in GC.

After math, we began our literacy block with a writing lesson.  First, we read directions for the game,¨1,2,3 Dragon" and then students had a chance to play.  After that, we discussed the accuracy and clarity of the directions.  Next, the students read directions for the game, ¨Catching Stars,¨ and thought about the accuracy and clarity of them.  Then, we discussed how they could be improved.

During writing time, the students finished drafting the directions for their game.  Then, they reread and followed them to play their game (or act out playing it).  Finally, they revised areas that needed to be more accurate and clear.

After eating snack we reviewed text structure in non-fiction text and then began the independent work and reading group portion of the literacy block.  First, the children completed the Wednesday portion of the reading skills practice sheet.  Then, they read three short passages about exotic animals, and identified the text structures for each and responded to comprehension questions.  After that, they completed the week 4 formative, comparing and contrasting two texts on the same topic.  Next, they wrote an opinion paragraph identifying whether they preferred the movie or the novel of Shiloh.

Guided Reading Groups:
Green - We reviewed the Wednesday portion of the reading skills page which provided practice with making inferences.  Then, we identified the text structure of the three short informational passages they read about exotic pets.  Finally, we discussed comprehension questions associated with the reading.

Pink - We reviewed the Wednesday portion of the reading skills page which provided practice with making inferences.  Then, we identified the text structure of the three short informational passages they read about exotic pets.  Finally, we discussed comprehension questions associated with the reading.

Blue - We reviewed the Wednesday portion of the reading skills page which provided practice with making inferences.  Then, we identified the text structure of the three short informational passages they read about exotic pets.  Finally, we discussed comprehension questions associated with the reading.

After our literacy block, we had a social studies lesson.  First, we reviewed the 3 levels and 3 branches of government.  After that, we learned about the responsibilities of the governor, lieutenant governor, comptroller, and treasurer of Maryland.  Next, we defined and discussed Democratic principles and values.  After that, the students worked in table groups to read, discuss, and understand one assigned article from the Maryland Declaration of Rights.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Terrific Tuesday

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

Math began with a Roman Numeral warm up that quickly became a hot mess...I won´t lie!!  Ha ha!  Then, we began our rotations.

During the small group instruction we added and subtracted mixed numbers with different denominators, and wrote the answer in the simplest form.  During math with a partner, the students played a Connect 4 board game involved the addition of mixed numbers with different denominators.  Finally, during the technology portion the students completed a session of Xtra Math and then practiced adding fractions with unlike denominators by choosing a game from the Blendspace.

On 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 with a writing lesson.  First, the students worked with their partner to identify 2-3 games for which they might write directions.  Next, we discussed things that should be thought about before determining which game they will choose.  Finally, during writing time, the children worked with their partner to choose one game, discuss and agree upon the rules, if possible play a round or two of the game, and finally, write a draft of how to play it.

While we ate snack, we discussed how writing time went.

Next, we focused on reading and independent work.  First, we reviewed the various non-fiction text structures and discussed when each might be used.  Then, the students worked independently on the following tasks, while I met with guided reading groups.

To begin, the children completed the Monday and Tuesday sections of the new reading skills practice sheet.  Then, they read 3 different pieces of non-fiction text and identified the structure of each.  After that, they worked on the week 4 formative which compared and contrasted the point of view and perspective of 2 accounts of the same event.  After that, they might have started working on an opinion paragraph about whether the movie or the novel of Shiloh was best, and why.  Finally, they finished the Flocabulary assignment about the 3 branches of government.

Guided Reading Groups:

Green - We reviewed the Monday and Tuesday sections of the reading skills practice page, which included identifying the main idea and supporting details, and identifying character traits based on a paragraph.  Next, we reviewed the 3 text paragraphs and the structure of each.  Finally, the students looked at four book talks of novel choices and selected a first and second choice of which they would like to read.

Pink - We reviewed the Monday and Tuesday sections of the reading skills practice page, which included identifying the main idea and supporting details, and identifying character traits based on a paragraph.  Next, we reviewed the 3 text paragraphs and the structure of each.  Finally, the students looked at four book talks of novel choices and selected a first and second choice of which they would like to read.

Blue - We reviewed the Monday and Tuesday sections of the reading skills practice page, which included identifying the main idea and supporting details, and identifying character traits based on a paragraph.  Next, we reviewed the 3 text paragraphs and the structure of each.  Finally, the students looked at four book talks of novel choices and selected a first and second choice of which they would like to read.

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

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