## Friday, January 24, 2014

### Fabulous Friday

This morning the children began their day in PE.

When they returned to the classroom we began our math rotations.

While meting with me, we reviewed yesterday's lesson using Cuisenaire rods to plot and identify halves n a number line. I captured this lesson on Educreations and posted it to the third grade web site.

During guided practice the students worked with Mrs. Bartel to plot fractions on a number line without using Cuisenaire rods.

Finally, at the technology rotation, the children went to an Internet site called Fraction Monkeys to practice identifying fractions on a number line.

At the beginning of the reading/writing block, the students were put into groups. Each group was given a copy of the book, Richard Wright and the Library Card, and as I reread it, they marked pages, with a sticky note, that had actions Richard took to solve his problem. We discussed the action, why we think he did it and what it showed about his character, along the way.

Today, while I meet with reading groups, the children will work together, in their small group, to complete a character analysis graphic organizer for the book. After that, they will view interviews with various authors, via the third grade web site, and complete a capture sheet noting the author's name, where the author gets their ideas and anything else they find interesting. Additionally, many groups will work on individual reading group assignments.

Sharks: We met and each students received a novel schedule and a book, Anna Grandpa and the Big Storm. I explained, in detail, how to use the novel schedule. Then I gave them their first assignment, which is due on Monday, January 27. The students need to preview the book (look at pictures, notice chapter titles and read the front cover). Additionally, together, they will measure and mark 50" high on a wall in our room. Finally, each student needs to write about how they would feel if they were stranded in a blizzard. This needs to be done in their RRJ. They will have time in class today and Monday morning.

Following lunch and recess we had a very special treat!! One of our students shared a book and movie he had created as a project through the WINGS program.

After that, the students completed their character analysis graphic organizers.

I had to attend a meeting in Rockville, so I was unable to meet with any other reading groups. I will certainly catch up with the rest on Monday.

The students will end their day by sketching a map of the United States after viewing several maps and defining and discussing various map elements.

Sharks:  We met and each students received a novel schedule and a book, Anna Grandpa and the Big Storm.  I explained, in detail, how to use the novel schedule.  Then I gave them their first assignment, which is due on Monday, January 27.  The students need to preview the book (look at pictures, notice chapter titles and read the front cover).  Additionally, together, they will measure and mark 50" high on a wall in our room.  Finally, each student needs to write about how they would feel if they were stranded in a blizzard.  This needs to be done in their RRJ.  They will have time in class today and Monday morning.

Following lunch and recess we had a very special treat!!  One of our students shared a book and movie he had created as a project through the WINGS program.

After that, the students completed their character analysis graphic organizers.

I had to attend a meeting in Rockville, so I was unable to meet with any other reading groups.  I will certainly catch up with the rest on Monday.

The students will end their day by sketching a map of the United States after viewing maps and defining and discussing various map elements.