Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Back To School Night

I hope everybody enjoyed the three day holiday weekend!

The students began their day in art.  When they returned to class, I modeled a new strategy for rounding three digit numbers to the nearest hundred.  Here is the lesson!  When the students returned to their seats they practiced rounding 4 three digit numbers to the nearest hundred using both the number line strategy and today's newly introduced strategy.  After that, they cut apart digit cards and used these cards to complete a place value activity called Digits Maker.  Students who completed both tasks early practiced their basic addition facts by playing either Kidgits or Numbers League on the iPad. 

During this time Mrs. Benson worked with a small group practicing the rounding strategies and I pulled individual students for reading assessments.

In reading we reviewed the characteristics of realistic fiction (made up story but could be true---no magic, talking animals, etc.).  Then we sorted books, by looking at titles and illustrations on front covers and then through reading a summary of the book, according to whether or not they were realistic fiction.

During this lesson we took advantage of the Active Expression handheld tools that come with our Promethean boards.  The device is pictured below.  Students can "dial in" an answer to a question and the Promethean Board will record the answer (anonymously) and display the results in various ways (for example, today we saw our results show as a bar graph). 
Following lunch and outdoor recess, I modeled using the writing graphic organizer, that we completed last week, to write a personal narrative rough draft of a good deed.  Then the students began writing their own rough drafts.
We ended the day with a science lesson.  We watched two video clips defining position and movement and then practiced using correct vocabulary to describe the position of a block in relation to a 3x5 index card.
HOMEWORK:  Rounding to the nearest hundred WS and read for 20 minutes.
BTSN is TONIGHT at 7:00.  Hope to see you all there!

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