Friday, April 11, 2014

Fantastic Friday

I can honestly say it has been an AWESOME week!  I think the "talk" we had on Monday that involved me laying out the week's tasks and explaining that no work equates to an "N" really helped to focus the students.  The children have been super productive which, in turn, allowed me to get a lot accomplished.  :-)

The students started their day in PE.

When we returned to class we reviewed last night's homework as a way to prepare for our quiz.  Then the children took their math quiz.  These have been scored and should be kept in the math section of the binder.  Please look it over!

At the beginning of our reading and writing block, I used 4 student examples, of the introductory paragraph for the issue inquiry project, to identify strengths and weaknesses.  We discussed what was well done and what needed to be tweaked.

As part of today's independent work, each child had to revise their introductory paragraph.  Additionally, students had reading group assignments and were expected to complete the natural resource and myth activities.

Sharks:  We reviewed the rule that when two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking.  Then we decoded some words using the rule.  Next, we defined and located some vocabulary from the text.  Finally, we read and discussed chapter 3.

Following lunch and outdoor recess, the children continues working independently while I met with more groups.

Dolphins:  The students worked with me, and then Mrs. May, to complete their introductory paragraph for the inquiry project.

Cheetahs:  We reviewed last night's homework and even learned from some mistakes.  :-)  Then we revisited the short vowel sounds.  Next we defined and discussed the concepts of motivation, effort and persistence.  Finally, we shared examples of effort and motivation from the John Henry book.

Pandas:  The students reviewed their story and marked places that showed Paco demonstrating effort and persistence.  In group we shared and discussed these actions.

To end the day, the students played the budget game in small groups!

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