Tuesday, October 29, 2013

SO much to do....so little time!

We are in the "end of the marking period" crunch!!!  There is a lot to finish before closing out our grades on Friday!  I will get into the specifics shortly!  :-)

First, the students began their day in art.

When they returned to class we got started on our math rotations.  While working with me, students practiced using visualization to identify the knowns and unknowns and write an equation that represents a word problem.  At the technology rotation, students visited the Interactive Multi Facts site memorize the basic multiplication facts involving a factor of 0, 1, 2 and 5.  The guided practice rotation had students work with a partner to discuss, identify knowns and unknowns, write an equation and solve 3 carnival word problems.

For HOMEWORK there is a carnival word problem worksheet.  Students must show their thinking by drawing some sort of picture representation, write an equation and solve it, for each problem.  They do not have to explain what they noticed on the back.  We went over all of this in class, too.

Now to the CRUNCH!  At the beginning of the reading and writing block we reviewed everything that needs to be completed before our Halloween party on Thursday...and it's a lot!

Here's the run down...
The pandas need to complete, and share, their information about the speed world record that they researched. 

All students will be creating an advertisement about a good used in the city of Pompeii, long ago.

All students will make a retirement card for Mrs. Starkey, whose last day is Thursday.

The children need to finish and present the multimedia portion of the quarter 1 inquiry project.

I think, that may be all....but it is A LOT!

After reviewing our workload, we read and discussed portions of the text, Pompeii, the Lost City.  Then we listed goods that were mentioned, or inferred, in the text and used in Pompeii.  We also looked at several different advertisements online to help determine what one looks like.

Next, we discussed the parts of a letter and created a class word bank for Mrs. Starkey's retirement cards.

Finally, the students got down to work, with a break for lunch and outdoor recess in between!  :-)

Dolphins:  We practiced reading and writing our focus words.  Then we retold up to page 6.  After that we read pages 8-10.  For homework the students need to write their focus words 3 times each in their RRJ and reread pages 8-10 working on fluency.

Cheetahs:  We read pages 6-10 to locate answers to specific questions.  We practiced answering these questions using our own words, not reading entire sentences from the book.  For HOMEWORK the students need to reread pages 6-10.

Pandas:  The students worked on their world record projects that were assigned yesterday.  We will share their results tomorrow.  For HOMEWORK the students need to read pages 2-9 in the October issue of National Geographic.  They are expected to write 2 facts they learned from reading the article.

Sharks:  In group I read pages 8-11 to the students.  We discussed the section of the text.  For HOMEWORK the children need to reread (or read) pages 8-11) and write their focus words 3 times each in their RRJ.

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