## Tuesday, December 2, 2014

### Terrific Tuesday

This morning the students came in and read silently or practiced keyboarding skills.  After the announcements, I shared that our new student, who started yesterday, would not be joining our class after all, due to a boundary issue.  BUT...we will have another new friend joining us tomorrow!

After that we began our math rotations.  During the small group instruction we practiced the 7s facts and determining the area of a rectangle using multiplication and the formula, A=l x w.

During math with a partner, the students played a game called Target 70 to memorize the basic 7s facts.

Finally, during the technology rotation, the students solved area word problems using the fourth grade section of Sumdog.

For HOMEWORK there is an area word problem on Google Classroom (homework page).

After math we took a Go Noodle break and then I reviewed today's independent work tasks.  First, students will completed reading groups assignments.  Then they will finish writing the introductory paragraph for the inquiry project.  After that they will review the Educreations lesson and color code their paragraph (ex.  underline the hook in blue, etc.)  Next they will watch a lesson about prefixes.  Then they will view a slideshow about building homes and identify examples of materials and the processes used to change their observable properties (science) on a t-chart in their science journal.  IF they finish early, the can choose to read or write by themselves or with a partner.

While the students worked independently, I met with reading groups.

Tigers:  We began group with word work.  we identified the sound made by the -er, -ir and -ur patterns and listed examples of words with these patterns.  After that we reviewed the unknown words listed for homework last night.  Then we took a picture walk of our book and I modeled how a good reader asks questions to help focus their reading and increase comprehension.  For HOMEWORK the students need to read pages 4-9 and list words with the -er pattern in it (underline the -er pattern in each word).

Following lunch and indoor recess the students continued their independent work and I met with more small groups.