## Tuesday, December 13, 2011

### Terrific Tuesday

In reading this morning we shared the questions that the students listed in their RRJ. Then we did a second reading of the story using directed notes. During this reading the students marked portions of the story which they found to be funny with an F and parts they thought were surprising with an S. We began this task together, as a whole group. The students finished it independently, though.

While I began meeting with reading groups the students completed their directed notes reading and worked on identifying adjectives that answer the question, how many.

Crabs: We began reading a new fable stopping at various points to retell what had occurred so far. Then the students worked in groups of 2 and 3 to reread what we read in group, practicing their fluency.

In math we reviewed addition and subtraction fact families so that we could relate that knowledge to multiplication and division fact families. Students were reminded that when given 3 numbers in a fact family, the largest is always the whole. The other two are the parts. For multiplication the rule is part x part = whole and whole divided by one part = the other part. The students did an independent practice worksheet and then got to work on the iPads or a new multiplication game when they were finished. There is a fact family worksheet for homework.

Following PE, lunch and recess the student's continued working on their assignments and I met with the final two groups.

Bears: We met in groups to attempt to reread Hare and Lion and discuss how the author incorporated the characteristics of a trickster tale into the story. The group was distracted, so we ended the group by discussing what was stressing the kids out...kind of funny to type that but it is the truth! It actually was good to hear how they felt about their workload. I eventually sent them back to their seats to catch up.

Lions: The students read the fable The Ant and the Grasshopper independently. Then we discussed the main characters and their differences. After that, we discussed the moral of the fable.

We ended the day by unpacking our science kit and discussing its contents. WE also learned that sound is created by vibrations.