Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Terrific Tuesday

The students began their day in art.

When they returned to class we began our math rotations.  Today's teacher lesson focused on partitioning and labeling number lines of various lengths into eights.  During guided practice the children worked on partitioning and labeling number lines into fourths.  Finally, at the technology rotation, the students rewatched the discovery education video clip from last night's homework.  After that, they practiced naming points on a number line suing Fraction Monkeys.

For HOMEWORK there is a fractions on a number line worksheet.

We began the reading and writing block with the children sharing and adjusting their character analysis graphic organizer with new groups.  Last week the students chose a playing card and met with the number represented on the card.  Today they met with the suit.  So, for example,  last week all of the 2s worked together.  Today the hearts, clubs, spades, etc. worked together.

Next, we reviewed the graphic organizer as a whole group and I modeled writing the first paragraph of the character analysis, using the organizer.

While I meet with small groups the children will complete individual reading group assignments, draft their first paragraph for the character analysis and listen to author interviews to identify how authors get their ideas.

Sharks:  PLEASE NOTE I collected this group's novel schedules.  I was concerned that the activities did not align with our current curricular measurement topics.  Today we reviewed and reread chapter 1 concentrating on why Grandpa is visiting the Romanos and how he feels about it.  Independently, in class, the students were given a worksheet that had 3 sentences from the book with a word underlined in each sentence.  They are to use a dictionary to identify the correct meaning of the word as it is used in the sentence.  For HOMEWORK they need to read chapter 2 and list unknown words on a sticky note.

Following lunch and recess Mrs. Howard visited to do a lesson on trustworthiness and responsibility.

I was unable to meet with additional groups but they did get HOMEWORK...

Dolphins:  Reread Cranes and practice word bag cards.
Cheetahs:  Read chapter 1 and list unknown words on sticky note.  PLEASE disregard the novel schedule for now.
Pandas:  Watch the video clip about Writing a Summary on the third grade web site.  It is on the reading page under quarter 3.  Students may want to view it twice!

We ended the day by identifying objects that give off both light and heat.  We also arranged objects from least to greatest heat and then least to greatest light.