## Wednesday, September 11, 2013

### Wonderful Wednesday

We began our day with our weekly class meeting. First, we changed classroom jobs. Next, we identified one thing that annoys each of us during our group share. After that we exchanged compliments and "thank yous". Then we turned our attention to challenges we have with Edmodo.

I reviewed the expectations for using Edmodo--keeping it appropriate (not discussing other students, play dates, parties, etc.). Then I showed students how to see if they have new notifications (messages, assignments, etc.) and discovered how to reply to and send messages. I encouraged the students to explore the site further, at home.

In math we began exploring addition using the partial sums strategy which involves composing tens and/or hundreds. You can view one of my lessons here. When students worked with me, they learned and practiced this strategy.

The other two rotations included practicing place value using the Internet site, Shark Numbers, and playing the Rounding to the Nearest Tens game, using 3 digit numbers today, and recording it in their math journals.

Students were given a half sheet with two addition problems to complete for homework. They are to use the partial sums strategy. Please use the educreations lesson posted here, on the third grade web site and on Edmodo, if you need assistance.
Students were given a half sheet with two addition problems to complete for homework.  They are to use the partial sums strategy.  Please use the educreations lesson posted here, on the third grade web site and on Edmodo, if you need assistance.

In reading we reviewed the meaning of point of view.  Then we revisited Boxes for Katje and identified whose point of view the story is told from (the narrator) and how they feel about the characters in the story.  We discussed how understanding these concepts help further our comprehension of text.

After that, we revisited how pronouns can help our writing not sound like a broken record....first, though, I had to explain what a record was, how it is played, how scratched can make it skip and repeat itself, etc.   YES...it made me feel OLD!

While I meet with reading groups today, the children will complete a reading group assignment independently, work on their rough draft (adding a title, fixing pink words, revising to add more details of actions, thoughts and feelings, and highlighting pronouns) , and complete their "i" and "t" cursive paper.

Sharks:  We met and reviewed reading, writing and defining vocabulary from their book.  After lunch they will read their book, Anthony's Unhappy Birthday, with a partner.  For HOMEWORK they are to reread the story and draw a picture of the beginning, middle and end in their RRJ.

Following lunch and outdoor recess, the students continued working in dependently while I met with more groups.

Dolphins:  The students had previewed their book independently.  In group we began reading the story, Jordan's lucky Day, and charted words with an -ed ending, according to the sound the -ed makes, in their RRJ.  For HOMEWORK the students needs to reread pages 4 and 6 and add words with the -ed ending to the chart in their RRJ.

Cheetahs:  Independently, the students had read chapter one and listed unknown words, in their RRJ.  IN group we reviewed their lists of unknown words and discussed what we learned about Gregory in this chapter.  We also identified how Gregory's feelings had changed from the beginning to the end of the chapter.  For HOMEWORK the students need to reread chapter 1 and, in their RRJ, explain how Gregory's feelings changed in the chapter.

Pandas:  Independently, the students had read chapter one and listed unknown words, in their RRJ.  IN group we reviewed chapter 1 and some of the words the students listed as unknown.  Then we read the preface of the book and discovered that dragons, in the title, refers to fears.  For HOMEWORK tonight the students need to name and explain their dragon, in their RRJ.

We ended the day with the students showing their change in motion videos, which they created yesterday in class, to the rest of the class.  We discussed how the change in motion was created and the students took notes on their worksheets.  Additionally, the students learned how to "push" their videos from their iPads to the Promethean board so that the entire class could view it!  :-)