## Thursday, October 17, 2013

### Thursday is the New Friday!

We don't have school tomorrow...so even though it is Thursday, it's like a Friday!

We began our day with math.  First, we reviewed using visualization to draw pictures as a strategy to understand and correctly solve two step word problems.  Then the students took the 6th quiz of the marking period.  These have been graded and should be stored in the math section of your child's binder.

After math the students went to music.

When the children returned to class we reviewed highlighting facts from their research to help organize it and prepare for their writing.  then we briefly revisited the organization of a paragraph.

While I meet with small groups the students will complete individual reading group assignments.  They will also finish organizing their research.  Before beginning their writing, they will watch a Lean Zillions video about drafting body paragraphs of an informational writing piece.  Finally, the students will begin drafting their two body paragraphs.

Sharks:  I gave them a mini quiz on their focus words from this week.  Then I reviewed the text features on page 8 and challenging words.  After that, the students whisper read page 8 as I listened in.  Finally, we shared the important ideas from the article.  When they went back to their seats, they used the article, and our discussion, to write about the main idea of the article and key details to support it.

Dolphins:  Prior to meeting with me the students reread pages 14-22 and listed 3-5 repeated content words.  In group, I gave them a mini quiz on their focus words.  Then we shared their repeated words and used those and the text features to discuss the main idea.  After group, the students used the text and our discussion to write about the main idea in their RRJ.

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

Cheetahs:  The students reread page 13-15 and listed 3-5 repeated content words.  In group we switched directions for a bit --today each child read their opinion paragraph, for their inquiry project) and I gave them feedback.  Then they worked on revising the paragraph and added it to the planning worksheet.

Pandas:  The students reread pages 4 and 5 and then wrote about the main idea, and used key details to support it, in their RRJ.  In group we shared each child's opinion paragraph and I provided each with feedback.  Then they revised it and added it to the planning worksheet.

Unfortunately, we ran out of time and didn't get to our social studies lesson.