## Tuesday, May 14, 2013

### Tuesday!

The students began their morning in PE.  When they returned to class, Mrs. Benson read and discussed Robot Workers with them.  Then, when I returned from an in-house meeting, we reviewed the Newsletter Live Binder to learn about the characteristics of this type of writing.  Together, we created a document to use with the Live Binder site, as a sort of scavenger hunt.

While I met with groups, the children completed independent reading group assignments and completed the scavenger hunt of the Live Binder site.

In math we reviewed multi step word problems...understanding what the question is asking and what information is required to solve the problem.  Then we used the definitions of quadrilateral, square, rectangle and rhombus to classify various shapes.  The intention was to stress the idea that some shapes can fit into more than one category.  There is a worksheet that reinforces this idea for homework.

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

Yellow Jackets:  We shared the literature web they completed with partners for The Ugly Duckling.  Tonight, for homework they need to reread The Lion and the Mouse and identify the set up, the problem, events leading from the problem to the solution, and the solution, by circling or highlighting these sections in different colors.

Sharks:  The students wrote about the central message in their book, Wolverines, in their RRJ.  In group they reread the book and we discussed the main message.  For homework they need to reread Wolverines and write two questions that can only be answered if you read the book.

Snakes:  The children explained why bark is important to Redwood trees, in their RRJs.  In group they reread the book and we identified and discussed tricky words.  For homework they need to reread Redwood Trees.

Cheetahs:  The children reread their book and answered questions 3 and 4 from the back of their book, in their RRJ.  For homework the students need to reread the book and identify the author's main message (one statement0--what did the author want us to know).