Friday, April 19, 2013


The students began their day by going to music.

When they returned to class we had a discussion about the importance of active listening during instruction and the importance of asking questions to clarify and deepen understanding.  I explained that I had graded the informational paragraphs about their issues and many of the natural resource assignments on Edmodo.  There were many problems with these two assignments... students not including the information that was expected (topic sentences, concluding sentences, facts about both sides of the argument, etc.) and children not responding to the question, but instead just telling about the natural resource. 

After that, we revisited the next writing task which will be to state an opinion about their issue and convince others to think the same way.  I shared a graphic organizer created by MCPS, using Kidspiration, and modeled filling it out.  Then we discussed the pros and cons of using it.  Finally, together, as a class, we made some adjustments to the graphic organizer and decided we would use it to help us plan for our opinion writing pieces.

I hope to meet with reading groups AND writing groups today...fingers crossed!  :-)

While I meet with groups, the students will complete reading group assignments and finish up any and all assignments from the past week.  This includes the informational paragraph about their issue, the natural resource assignment on Edmodo, the WOW worksheet for eerie, the cursive paper, and more!

Sharks:  We met and it became VERY apparent that only 2 students had done their reading assignment last night...very disappointing.  So, the students were sent back tot heir seats to reread chapter 9 and write a summary of that chapter in their RRJ.  This will be turned in and scored.

In math we took a quiz that covered 2 step word problems and summing products.  These have been scored and returned to students.

Following lunch and outdoor recess the students continued their independent work.

Yellow Jackets:  The students read chapter 9 and wrote titles for this chapter.  In group we shared and discussed their titles.  We also shared their photographs that they brought in to illustrate that the "camera knows".

Cheetahs:  We reviewed chapter 5 and the students wrote summaries of the chapter in their RRJ.

Snakes:  Reread pages 10-12 and drew pictures of the beginning, middle and end of the book in their RRJ.

We ended the day with a visit to our kindergarten buddies.  With them, the children completed their Key Note presentations introducing them to the rest of the group.

I will be out on Monday.  My father is having surgery.  I will be back Tuesday.  There will not be a blog post on Monday!

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