## Tuesday, October 16, 2012

### Terrific Tuesday

This morning the children began their day in PE.  When they returned to class they were divided into groups of three and given a "state of mind" word (ex: thought, supposed, heard, etc.) to act out in front of the class.  We then discussed which words had similar meanings and identified those as synonyms.

After that I reviewed the editing I had done on their writing hamburger organizers.  I circled in yellow sentences that need to be changed and highlighted misspelled words in purple.  I also reviewed transition words and discussed tools we could use to fix misspelled words.

While I met with small groups the students had to revise their writing organizers and complete individual reading assignments.

This morning I met with a small group to give them  more guidance with writing their main idea or topic sentence and writing 3 detail sentences to support it.

In math we solved division problems using the equal groups strategy.  The students worked independently on a division worksheet while Mrs. Benson and I pulled small groups.  I worked with two groups. The first practiced solving subtraction problems with double regrouping.  The second worked on two step subtraction problems.  Mrs. Benson's group worked on solving addition problems involving 3 addends.  There is a TWO sided division worksheet for homework.

Following lunch and recess the students continued their independent work while I met with reading groups.

Sharks:  The students reread "On the Avenue" and drew the beginning, middle and end in their RRJ.

Cheetahs:  The students wrote a summary of chapter 8 in their RRJ using our discussion from reading group and their beginning, middle and end drawing.

Yellow Jackets:  The students reread chapter 9.  IN their RRJ they wrote a title for this chapter and used support from the text to explain it.  We also read chapter 10.

Snakes:  Independently the students were supposed to read pages 8-12 and write two facts in their RRJ.  In group we reread these pages.  Tonight they need to reread the entire book, working on fluency!

After reviewing the terms constant and variable, and adding them to our word wall, the students worked in their small groups to construct a wheel cover for their vehicles that will make it the fastest in the class on a chosen surface.  It was fun to walk around and observe the collaborative work and listen to the scientific discourse that was taking place!!