## Wednesday, December 17, 2014

### Wonderful Wednesday

This morning the students exchanged books in the media center, read quietly or practiced keyboarding skills.  Then we began our math rotations.

During the small group instruction we reviewed calculating the area of rectilinear figures and practiced representing and solving one-step word problems using all operations.  During math with a partner the students separated a rectilinear figure into smaller rectangles as they created and designed an indoor playground.  They wrote equations and determined the area of each room and then the entire indoor playground.  Finally, during the technology rotation the children practiced the basic multiplication and division facts using the Internet site, Cross the Swamp.

For HOMEWORK there is a word problem, with a challenge, on Google classroom (homework page).

After math we took a Go Noodle brain break and then reviewed today's independent work tasks.

Today students will complete independent reading group tasks.  After that, they will watch an Educreations lesson about drafting the third, opinion, paragraph for the inquiry project.  Next, the children will watch a lesson about Early Thermometers and take notes, in their science journal, using a 3-2-1 format.  Then the children will practice writing the letters r and s in cursive.  Finally, they will listen to the story, The Day the Crayons Quit, and rate it on their Black-Eyed Susan sheet in preparation for voting in the spring.

Tigers:  First we reread pages 4-7.  Then we reread pages 8 and 9, and wrote two right there, or green, questions on a t-chart in their RRJ.  For HOMEWORK the students need to reread pages 8 and 9 and answer the right there questions we wrote in school, using their own words.

While the students were at lunch and outdoor recess I created a conference sign up and writing check in page for our daily flip chart.  So, when the students returned to class, I introduced the page and explained how to use it.  I also took the time to remind the class that if they need extra help or feel confused or frustrated they need to let me know by leaving me a note in the issue bin.

After that, the students got back to their independent work and I began calling groups for writing conferences.  Hopefully, we will get back to reading groups tomorrow...below you will see a brief explanation of their independent guided reading tasks.

Panthers:  Read pages 12 and 13 and write one green, right there, question in your RRJ.

Leopards:  Read pages 8-11.  In their RRJ they described beans are prepared to make chocolate.

Lions:  Read pages 10-15.  IN their RRJ they described how film becomes photographs.

Again, these assignments were completed independently.  We will review them in groups tomorrow.

Writing groups...

Video Games:  First we took notes about different evolutions of the video game.  Then I modeled how to use the Educreation lesson, and our facts, to draft a new second informative paragraph.  After that, I modeled using the facts we identified to draft a sentence naming the change and explaining it.  Then the students drafted two sentences naming and explaining the first evolution they chose to write about.  Finally, a few students shared their writing.

Books:  First we researched and identified facts about the changes in books and publishing over hundreds of years.  Students took notes so they could decide what information they want to use in their writing.  Next I modeled how to use the Educreations lesson and our new facts to write a informative paragraph about 2 changes in the technology of books.

After our literacy block I introduced tomorrow's science experiment.  Students will be observing and describing the changes in properties as ice heats via room temperature.  Today the students sae the capture sheet they will be using and listened as I explained the procedure.

The class ended their day in PE with Mr. Benco.

There were no formal reading group homework assignments, except for the Tiger's group.  Students should read for 15 minutes, free choice.