Monday, September 29, 2014

Marvelous Monday!!

This morning, after working on keyboarding skills or reading quietly, we began our math rotations.

The small group instruction centered around subtracting across zeroes (think 400-263=).  We practiced two different methods.  During math with a partner the students played Subtraction Bump to work on basic fact fluency.  Finally, the student watched an Educreations lesson about subtracting across zeroes during the technology portion of math.  If time permitted, they visited Sumdog to practice their subtraction skills.

For HOMEWORK the students have a problem to solve in Google Classroom.

After math we did not take a brain break because we needed time to straighten out confusion left over from Friday afternoon when the Internet went down!  The students were good sports about this!!

Today's independent work, during our literacy block, was the same as Friday.  Students had to finish the personal narrative final draft and hand it in.  Then they had to list 2-3 facts that answer each of their research questions.  When the students had finished those two tasks, they  corrected pink words and added them to their Quick Word Handbooks (word work), read with a partner or listened to reading.

Lions:  The students worked in partners to read pages 53-67 and identify key details, from that section, that supported the theme of the book, overcoming loneliness.  For HOMEWORK the children need to read pages 67-87 and identify one thing that surprised them and one thing they wondered about.

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

Tigers:  I collected their Crow Boy books and handed out a new book.  The new book is Non Fiction.  So, we reviewed what makes a book non-fiction and common text features that authors use to help with comprehension.  Finally, we read page 2 and discussed what wakes our body up.  For HOMEWORK the students need to reread page 2, two times, working on fluency.

Leopards:  In group we shred and reviewed the key details from chapter 1 that the students identified Friday in class.  While doing this we revisited what makes a detail important (it relates to the theme or central message) and defined central message (lesson inferred from reading the book--it is never explicitly stated).  Next we revisited chapter 2 and identified key details from that chapter.  For HOMEWORK the students need to reread chapters 3 and 4 and identify key details on a sticky note.

Panthers:  We reviewed the list of key details and identified the central message.  Part of our discussion focused on the idea that a key detail will relate to the central message and the central message is a lesson that readers is not explicitly stated.  For HOMEWORK the students need to reread Whose Way Today and think about what makes the book realistic.  This is preparing them for a task they will complete in class tomorrow.

After our literacy block we watched a video clip to help understand who makes rules for our community and how they identify laws that are needed to maintain order.

The children ended their day by going to music.

Individual portrait day is Thursday, October 2.  Information is coming home today.  Order forms will be sent home on Wednesday.

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