## Thursday, April 10, 2014

### Thrilling Thursday

Today is flip flop day.

But first, before jumping into math, we did a quick gallery walk to share and view the habitat illustrations we have been working on during science.

Then we began our math rotations.

During our small group instruction, we continued identifying knowns and unknowns and writing equations with variables to represent and solve multi step word problems.  The students wanted to play Multiplication Basketball again today...so that was our guided practice rotation.  Finally, during the technology rotation the students revisited thinking blocks but, this time, solved multiplication word problems.

There is a worksheet for HOMEWORK and we will have a quiz tomorrow.

At the beginning of the reading and writing block, I reminded the class of the discussion we had Monday--at the end of the week, any assignments that were not turned in, and which the students had not requested help, would receive a score of an N.  The reason for this is simple...too many students are not focusing on their work and not asking for the support or help they need.

After the reminder, I provided an opportunity for students to meet with me and get a list of missing tasks.  Only one student took advantage of this.  So, I am hopeful, that by the end of the day tomorrow, all assignments will be turned in.

Sharks:  We began group by reviewing some unknown vocabulary in chapter 2.  Then we read chapter 2.  After that, we reread page 9 and identified how it demonstrated the concepts of motivation, effort and persistence.  For HOMEWORK the students need to reread chapter 2.

Following lunch and outdoor recess the students continued working independently while I met with more groups.

Dolphins:  The students used their new books, and other resources, to identify 3 more words with the -ight pattern.  Then they worked with Mrs. May to catch up on the inquiry project.

With some found time, I met with several students to work on personal academic goals!

Cheetahs:  The children read the rest of John Henry and listed unknown words.  In group we reviewed the unknown words from homework and class work today.  Then we did some word work review.  We revisited the rules that when two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking and when a vowel is followed by a double consonant, the vowel makes the short sound.  Then we practiced using these two rules to read some words.  For HOMEWORK the children need to add 4 words to each side (8 words total) of the chart in their RRJ.  The chart reflects the lesson from reading group today.  They should use their John Henry book to find the words.

Pandas:  The students read chapter 3 and listed unknown words.  In group we reviewed their unknown words from chapters 2 and 3.  Then we defined and discussed the concepts of motivation, effort and persistence.  For HOMEWORK the students need to read chapter 4 and list unknown words.

At the end of the day we reviewed the idea of a budget as a plan.  Then we viewed a couple of budgets and discussed whether or not they were attainable, identified how challenging each was and determined if they were detailed enough.  Then I began introducing a budget game the children will, hopefully, play tomorrow.

Tomorrow is CRAZY SOCK day!