Monday, October 13, 2014

Marvelous Monday - Open House

This morning we were so lucky to have so many visitors!!  Thanks to all who came out today.

After reading quietly, exchanging books in the media center or practicing our keyboarding skills, we began our math rotations.

This week we are focusing on representing multiplication situations with visual representations and equations.  During small group the students used tiles to build arrays representing a multiplication situation, or word problem.

While doing math with a partner, the students played subtraction war to improve basic fact fluency.

Finally, during the technology portion of math, the students were supposed to watch a Learn Zillion lesson relating area to arrays.  Some students were able to watch the lesson, others were not, due to problems with the Internet.  All groups, however, used their digit tiles to create multiplication expressions.  Then using graph paper, they created an array to represent the expression and identify the product.

For HOMEWORK the students have an assignment on Google Classroom.

After math we took a quick Go Noodle brain break and then began out literacy block.

Today, students will work on independent reading group assignments.  After that, they are expected to complete the informative paragraph for their inquiry project.  It was due Friday but one 11 out of the 22 students turned it in.  Next the children will watch a Learn Zillion lesson about Identify and Describe Opinion Writing.  They need to take notes, in a 3-2-1 format, in their writing journal.  Next the students will read about services provided by our local government and then identify those services, with a brief description, on a follow up worksheet.  Finally, they will work on reading fluency by listening to reading using One More Story or Storyline Online.

Tigers:  We met and reviewed the vowels and the 2 sounds each one makes.  Then the students whisper read part of their old book.  After that we reviewed the concept of cause (why) and effect (what happened).  We played a matching game to reinforce these ideas.  After that I collected their old books and passed out a new one, Polar Bears.  For HOMEWORK the students will complete the HIGHLIGHTED sections of the text feature scavenger hunt worksheet, using their new book.

Following lunch and indoor (our first) recess, the students continued working on their literacy tasks while I met with mire reading groups.

Panthers:  Independently, the students read pages 2-3 in their new reading book, The Places Where we Live, and wrote a main idea statement, in their RRJ, for this section.  In group we reviewed how to identify the main idea and then shared and discussed the statements they wrote for pages 2-3.  Then the students whisper read pages 4-9, as I listened in, thinking about the main idea.  Finally, we discussed the section and composed a main idea statement.  For HOMEWORK the students will reread pages 4-9 and identify 1 example of cause and effect on a sticky note.

Leopards:  Independently the children read pages 12-15, listed unknown words and one example of cause and effect in their RRJ.  In group we shared their cause and effect examples and reviewed their lists of unknown words.  For HOMEWORK the students will reread pages 14 and 15 and write a main idea statement for each page on the sticky note I provided.

Lions:  Independently the students read pages 20-23 and listed unknowns words and one example of cause and effect in their RRJ.  In group we reviewed their unknown words and shared their examples of cause and effect.  We briefly discussed regular and irregular plural nouns.  For HOMEWORK the children should read pages 24-29 and write one example of cause and effect on a sticky note.

Following our literacy block the students went to music.