Thursday, October 11, 2012


The children began their day by going to art.  When they returned we continued identifying key details in the text, "The Story of the Philadelphia Mint" in order to determine the main idea.  After that, I modeled writing a concluding sentence for their first paragraph of the community action plan writing piece.  WE will begin planning paragraph two tomorrow.

While I meet with small groups the students will write a conclusion for their writing piece.  They will complete individual reading group assignments.  Finally, if they have time, they will create a 2 slide Key Note presentation defining and showing examples of the social studies vocabulary words goods and services.  By doing this, the students will gain experience using Key Note, practice using an online dictionary and reinforce social studies vocabulary.

Reading Groups
Cheetahs:  We shared the questions the students wrote for homework last night.  We also reviewed how to find the vocabulary lesson I captured on Educreations a few weeks ago.  Independently they created 2 vocabulary entries using quarantine and vicious, words from chapter7 in their reading book.

In math I modeled how to draw a picture to solve a multiplication situation.  Then the children worked in small groups, using Educreations, to draw a picture in order to solve a multiplication situation.

While the children worked in their groups, I met with a small group to practice solving 3 digit subtraction problems.  Mrs. Head met with 2 small groups to practice two step subtraction problems. 

Before handing out homework, the children shared their Educreation projects with the class.  There is a multiplication worksheet for homework and we will have a quiz tomorrow.  The quiz will include material from last week's quiz with the addition of multiplication.

Following lunch and outdoor recess, I continued meeting with reading groups and the children worked independently.

Reading Groups
Yellow Jackets:  Independently they added entries for nudged and possession to the vocabulary section of their RRJ.  In group we shared the questions they wrote for homework last night and discussed the significance of the basketball game that took place in this chapter.

Sharks:  We met and reviewed the ending that they identified for homework last night.  We discussed whether Rossi really wanted to lend the money and if they thought Sarah Ida was a good friend.  Independently they read the chapter called, "A Game" and drew a picture of the beginning, middle and end in their RRJ.

Snakes:  I collected their Celia and Ali books.  Then we had a discussion about what they knew about and thought about birds.  After that we did some word work using words from their new book.  Then I handed out the new book, Many Kinds of Birds and we read up to page 4.  For homework they need to reread pages 2-4.  Some want to read ahead...that's fine!

Students who didn't finish their reading group assignments in school are expected to finish them for homework tonight.

We ended the day with social studies.  Groups of children shared their Key Note presentation they made today to reinforce the concepts of goods and services.

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