Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Hump Day --another delay?!?!?

UGH...Mother Nature is really trying to confuse me!!!  Just when I felt like we were getting back into a routine we have another school delay?  Oh, well...

When the children arrived we jumped right into math rotations.   During the teacher rotation we reviewed last night's homework.  May students were challenged by it--and it was GOOD that I saw their mistakes--so I took time to reteach the concepts needed to complete it successfully.  After that, we used paper strips to  identify, label and count fractions.  We also used the completed visual to compare fractions and come to the conclusion that the smaller the denominator the larger the part.

During guided practice the children worked with partners to solve a problem of the week.  As they worked they discussed what information they needed to consider to solve the problem and how they knew their drawing was correct.

Finally, the children visited the Internet site, Hatchin' Fractions, during the technology rotation.

There is a worksheet for homework.

Just an aside--I met with two groups prior to lunch and finished with the last group after lunch.

Following math, the students worked independently on reading group assignments, drafting the first paragraph of their character analysis and listening to author interviews to discover where they get their ideas, while I met with small groups.

Sharks:  They completed their vocabulary activity from yesterday's reading group.  I will meet with them tomorrow to discuss chapter 2.  For HOMEWORK they need to reread chapter 2.

Dolphins:  We will begin their new book tomorrow...I promise.  For HOMEWORK they should reread Cranes and practice their word bag cards...working on fluency!  :-)

Cheetahs:  We met and I COLLECTED their novel schedules.  I explained to the group that I was unhappy with it because it did not align with the county's curriculum.  So this group NO LONGER HAS A NOVEL SCHEDULE.  After that we reviewed unknown words from chapter 1.  I also modeled how to answer a BCR with a topic sentence, supporting detail sentences and a concluding sentence.  Then the students reread chapter 1 and identified the main event and Amanda's feelings about it, in their RRJ.  For HOMEWORK the children need to read chapter 2 and list unknown words.

Pandas:  We met and I COLLECTED their novel schedule because it didn't align to the curriculum but I passed out a new and improved novel this group DOES have a novel schedule.  In group we discussed the summary video.  Then we had a wonderful discussion about World War II.  For HOMEWORK they need to read chapter1 and identify the meaning of the 4 words on the novel schedule, in their RRJ.  They can use, a hard copy dictionary or context clues within the text.

We did not get to science today.  :-(

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