## Thursday, February 20, 2014

### Thriving Thursday

Today is our flip-flop day.  So we began with math rotations.

The teacher led rotation focused on creating and labeling number lines using fractions and mixed numbers with denominators of 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8.  At guided practice the students played a game matching fractions and mixed numbers to number lines on their game boards.  Finally, the technology rotation had students viewing a Learn Zillion lesson about plotting mixed numbers on a number line.

For HOMEWORK the children are expected to use the Edmodo fractions app (go to the app launcher on the right hand side near the scroll bar and go to refraction).  There WILL be a quiz tomorrow.

During our reading and writing block the students worked on independent reading group assignments and finishing their character analysis.  This include drafting the conclusion, revising their writing and publishing the final copy.  During any "down" time they focused on their personal academic goals.

I met with small groups.

Pandas:  We met and discussed the change in mood in chapter 11 using specific details from the text.  After that, each child read their first and second paragraphs, of the character analysis, and I provided verbal and written feedback to help them revise and improve their writing.  For HOMEWORK the students need to read chapter 12.

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

Dolphins:  These students used their sticky notes from yesterday to write about the process of turning milk into ice cream.  In group we whisper read part of From Milk to Ice Cream and then we worked on decoding multi syllabic words by identifying parts and sounds we know.  For HOMEWORK they need to reread Old Jacket, New Jacket.

Sharks:  We met and reviewed strategies for decoding unknown words...especially looking for sounds we do know.  Then we began rereading chapter 7.  For HOMEWORK the students need to reread pages 46-48.

Cheetahs:  The students had a LONG group yesterday so they were off the hook today.  ;-)  For HOMEWORK, though, they need to reread chapter 10.

We ended the day with social studies.  We identified the purposes for different types of maps, such as, political , physical, temperature, population density and road maps.