Thursday, May 29, 2014

Flip Flop Thursday

Since it is Flip Flop Thursday we began our day with math rotations.

During the teacher led small group instruction, the students identified the perimeter and area of figures to recognize that different shaped figures can have the same area and different perimeters.  After that, the children constructed rectangles with a given area and different perimeters.  During guided practice the students used a given area to identify the side lengths and perimeters of squares and rectangles.  Finally, during the technology rotation the children viewed a problem solving video and played a game using perimeter and area.

There will be a quiz tomorrow covering basic facts, quadrilaterals, area and perimeter.

For HOMEWORK the students should practice their basic facts using Sum Dog or flashcards.

After math the students went to music.

Before beginning independent work and reading groups, I introduced an Educreations lesson which I had created to model how I used my notes graphic organizer to write a journal entry.  Watching this lesson was added to the students' list of tasks.

Here are this week's assignments:
Reading/Writing - Students will write 2-3 journal entries reflecting on a person or event that inspired them during third grade.
  1. They will watch a video showing EB Lewis recall how his favorite uncle inspired him.
  2. They will complete an organizer brainstorming 3-4 people or events which inspired them this year and then share it with a friend.
  3. They will watch an Educreations lesson, done by me, explaining how to use a note taking graphic organizer and use it to write journal entries.
  4. They will choose a person or event, from their first graphic organizer, and complete the note taking organizer showing how the person or event inspired them.
  5. They will use the note taking graphic organizer to draft 2-3 journal entries relating how they were inspired.
  1. They will identify what they know about materials thrown into the trash.
  2. They identify 3 questions they have about what happens to materials thrown into the trash.
  3. They will watch a video and read an article to find the answers to their questions.

Sharks:  We identified the purpose of conjunctions, along with some examples.  Then we finished reading Amelia Earhart.  Finally, we discussed how we would describe Amelia and whether or not we would want to be friends with her.  We used textual support to explain and back up our ideas.

Following lunch and indoor recess the students continued working on their independent tasks while I met with more groups.

Dolphins:  I did a book introduction for their new book, Moosling in Winter, and then the children whisper read the book as I listened in.  For HOMEWORK they need to reread the book.

Cheetahs:  We shared the students' responses to last night's homework which was to identify what surprised them.  For HOMEWORK tonight the children are to read the chapter called The Magic Kingdom and use the "w's" to describe it (why, what, where, when, etc).

Pandas:  We shared students ideas about Tiger's college days and used the text to support their thinking.  Some students said his college life was great but others didn't.  For HOMEWORK the children need to read chapter 9 and describe how Tiger's first Masters went and the affects of it.

We ended the day by identifying ways technology has impacted consumers, paying particular attention to markets that are not face-to-face.

I will not be here tomorrow.  There will not be a blog post.  Have a wonderful weekend!!

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