## Friday, January 10, 2014

### Freezing (Rain) Friday

Due to freezing rain, we had a two hour delay this morning.

So, we began our day with a math quiz.  The math quiz included a review of most of what we have learned this year plus the fractions we have worked on most recently.

I am using the data for intervention small groups next week.  Students who struggled with past concepts will receive a refresher lesson with time to practice these skills.

The quizzes have been scored and returned to students.  They should be kept in the math section of the binder.

Following lunch I began small group instruction while the children worked independently on their inquiry projects and their social studies travel brochures.

Sharks:  I did a cause and effect lesson with the students and they copied the notes from it into their RRJ.  Then I shared clue words for cause and effect and we practiced making cause and effect statements with these words with the cause first and then saying the effect first.

Snapshot of the lesson....usually the cause is mentioned first but the effect can come first....the cause is the "why" and the effect is "what happens"....clue words:  because, so , if...then, therefore, as a result, since

Next we read pages 11 and 12 and wrote examples of cause and effect , in their RRJ, as a group.  Finally, the students read page 13 and identified an example of cause and effect in the RRJ independently.

Dolphins:  We practiced reading their word bag cards.  Then the students whisper read the book and we discussed it.  We concentrated on what was funny at the end (Moosling was following his own footprints) and how we realized it (he saw his reflection).

Then we reviewed the concept of compound words.  The children received two word lists and we practiced suing the lists to create compound words.

Cheetahs:  We reread sections of chapter 3 and practiced making cause and effect statements.  We worked on being specific to prove we understood the text.

Pandas: We reread sections of chapter 3 and practiced making cause and effect statements. We worked on being specific to prove we understood the text.