## Monday, February 24, 2014

### Marvelous Monday!!

The students began their day in the media center with Mrs. Rose and Mrs. Dodson.  Mrs. Rose read the realistic fiction picture book, The Relatives Came, and reviewed the problem and solution with the children.  She also took time to point out the layout of the book and discuss how the illustrations support the text.

When the children returned to class, we began our math rotations.  This week, in math, we swill be focusing on equivalent fractions.

The teacher group used pattern blocks to identify fractions equivalent to 1/2.  At guided practice, the children played a game called, Contraption Fractions, to practice identifying equivalent fractions.  Finally, during the technology rotation, they viewed a Learn Zillion lesson identifying equivalent fractions using area models.  They also completed the guided practice portion of the online lesson.

For HOMEWORK the students have a fractions on a number line worksheet.

Before moving on to independent work and meeting with reading groups, the students began planning their realistic fiction picture book.  First, they thought about the setting of their book.  Then they got into groups with other students using a similar setting.  In the group they began sharing and discussing their ideas.

Next, I showed the students the Kidspiration story map they will use to plan their book.

Today, while I meet with small groups, the children will finish publishing their character analysis, begin working on the story map for their realistic fiction picture book, and read a biography about Thomas Edison.

Sharks:  We met and whisper read, while I listened in, the final chapter of Anna, Grandpa and the Big Storm.  Then we discussed the changes in Anna and Grandpa through tou the book and the theme of the story.  After that, we worked together to write about the changes in the main characters.  For HOMEWORK the children need to reread chapter 8.

Following lunch and outdoor recess the students continued their independent work while I met with more groups.

Dolphins:  We reviewed the consonant blends str- and scr- and added 4 words to their word bags.  Then I did a book introduction for their new book, Frog Songs.  After that, the students whisper read the story while I listened in.  For homework tonight, the children need to reread the book and practice reading their word bag cards.

Cheetahs:  We met and began reading chapter 11, "The Hold".  After reading page 55 we discussed the concept of a hold and  compared cruises today to voyages back in the 1600's.  For HOMEWORK the students need to read chapter 11 and complete the t-chart (fun vs. danger) in their RRJ.

Pandas:  I had given this group a day without independent work to give them time to finish their character analysis.  Unfortunately, some chose to take advantage of this situation.  SO, when I called them to group, we discussed my disappointment.  For HOMEWORK they students need to read chapter 13.

The day ended with the students sorting pictures of objects as giving off heath through electricity or not.