Monday, December 6, 2010

Marvelous Monday!

In math we practiced writing multiplication sentences to solve word problems. I stressed that word problems that can be solved using multiplication include the number of groups and how many are in each group as known information. The unknown is how many items there are total. While the students worked independently on two worksheet, I met with two small groups. One group rolled dice to create two factors. They then wrote a multiplication sentence and used blocks to find the product. After that, they drew an array to match their number sentence. The second group was given an array. They had to use blocks to model it. Then they wrote a multiplication sentence on their white board. There is a fact family worksheet for homework and we will have a quiz tomorrow.

In reading we read the African folktale, Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters. Then we discussed what makes this story a folktale. After that, I continued using my graphic organizer to model writing the second paragraph of my rough draft. I put emphasis on naming and explaining your support AND the topic and concluding sentences.

While I met with reading groups the students wrote about the characteristics (with support from the text) that makes Mufaro's Beautiful Daughter a folktale and continued writing their rough drafts.

Reading Groups:

Red: We began reading an African tale called The Fortune Tellers. For homework they need to read the entire book and list unknown words on their sticky notes.

Blue: We began reading the Mexican folktale Ashes for Gold. Tonight they need to read the entire book and list unknown words on the sticky note.

Green: We began reading A Fair Swap. For homework the students need to read the entire book and list unknown words.

Following lunch and indoor recess the students went to art. When they returned we explored how sound travels using the tuning forks and other materials.

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