## Monday, December 15, 2014

### Marvelous Monday

This morning after exchanging books in the media center, reading quietly or practicing keyboarding skills, we changed jobs and then began math rotations.

During the small group teacher led instruction, some groups revisited determining the area of rectilinear figures while others worked on solving one-step word problems using all operations.  The children completed constructing and determining the area of their dream houses during math with a partner.  Finally, during technology the children worked on basic fact fluency by visiting Fridge Magnets.

For HOMEWORK there is a word problem on Google Classroom.

After math we did a Go Noodle brain break and then reviewed the list of independent tasks for today.

Students will begin by completing an independent reading group task.  Then they will listen to their second informative paragraph and revise it, as needed.  Next, they will read a slideshow about how people modify their environment (in this case, the desert) and complete a chart providing either a right there question or an answer.  After that, the students will practice writing the letters "h" and "k" in cursive.  Then they will listen to the story, What is You Had Animal Teeth, and rate it (out of 5 starts) on their Black-Eyed Susan sheet.  Finally, they will practice reading by themselves, with a partner, or listening online.

While the children work independently, I will meet with reading groups.

Tigers:  First I handed out a new book, How to Make Ice Cream.  I did a book introduction and then discussed using visualization (creating pictures in your head as you read) to improve comprehension.  I modeled doing this as we read 4-6.  After that we practiced decoding multi-syllabic words by looking for "chunks" we know.  After that we identified 4 ways to spell the long e sound and created a chart in our RRJ.  For HOMEWORK the students need to reread pages 4-6 and add words with the long e sound to the appropriate column of the chart in their RRJ.

Leopards:  The students were given a new book called, All About Chocolate.  On their own they read pages 4-7, the introduction, and wrote 2 right there questions.  In group we shared the questions and practiced answering in complete sentences.  After that we reviewed yellow, think and search questions, and identified a good one for this section.  For HOMEWORK the students need to reread pages 4-7 and identify one example of cause and effect on a sticky note.

Lions:  The students received a new book called, The Art of Photography.  Independently they read pages 4-9 and wrote a green, right there, question for pages 5, 7, and 9.  In group we began by discussing our experiences with taking pictures.  Then I did a quick book introduction.  After that the students asked their green, right there, questions and we practiced answering them in complete sentences.  For HOMEWORK the students will reread pages 4-9 and answer their own right-there questions in complete sentences.

Panthers:  Independently the students read pages 8 and 9 and wrote one green, right there, question.  In group we reviewed these pages and shared their questions, practicing answering in complete sentences.  Some students are still struggling with writing a right there question.  So in group we practiced writing some.  For HOMEWORK the students need to reread pages 8 and 9 and answer the right there questions, we wrote in class, in complete sentences on the t-chart in their RRJ.

After our literacy block we brainstormed examples of cooling changing the observable properties of an object.

Then the students ended their day in music.