## Monday, March 23, 2015

### Marvelous Monday

It's hard to believe that this is the last week of the third marking period.  This school year is certainly going quickly!!

This week we will be focusing on completing and publishing the realistic fiction picture books and wrapping up our novels in guided reading groups.

In math we will be working towards the memorization of the basic multiplication and division facts, while reviewing comparing and ordering fractions.

After reading quietly, exchanging books in the media center, or practicing keyboarding skills, we changed classroom jobs and began math rotations.

During the small group, teacher-led instruction, we reviewed how to break up facts into small, easier problems, to help us memorize the tougher ones.  We also reviewed comparing fractions using various strategies.

During math with a partner the children worked on memorizing the basic facts as they played multiplication war.

Finally, during the technology rotation, students visited the site,  That's a Fact, to help them memorize the basic multiplication and division facts.

For HOMEWORK there are two links on Google Classroom, the homework page, to help students practice memorizing the 3's and 9's facts.

There is a homework writing journal entry due THURSDAY since there is no school for students on Friday.

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

As I said earlier, this week our big push will be to complete and publish the realistic fiction picture books.  Prior to reviewing the independent task list, I modeled how to import/add illustrations to Google Slides using the drawing tool.

Today students will begin with a guided reading assignment and then work on revising and publishing their realistic fiction picture books using Google Slides.  If they finish early, they will practice writing the letter Z in cursive.

As they work I will meet with guided reading groups.

Tigers:  We reviewed vocabulary for chapter 4.  Then the children began whisper reading the chapter, page by page.  At the end of each page we identified the main idea/event from it and added it to a t-chart in their RRJ.  We completed pages 34 and 36 in group together and then the children returned to their seats to finish the chapter on their own.  For HOMEWORK they need to reread chapter 4.

Following lunch and outdoor recess the children continued working independently while I met with more guided reading groups.

Panthers:  Independently the students reread chapter 9 and, in their RRJ, answered:  What is the best thing that happened to Gregory?  Why would Gregory feel this way?  During our group, I collected their books and introduced a new genre, literary non-fiction.  This is an informational text that is organized like a story with a beginning, middle, and end.  I introduced our next book, The Popcorn Book, and we practiced some of the vocabulary.  Then, after previewing the book, the students read the first 4 pages to identify why popcorn is kept in the refrigerator, how many types there are, and who discovered it.  For HOMEWORK  the students need to reread up to the blue post-it note in their book.

Leopards:  Independently, in their RRJ, identified the theme of A Lion to Guard Us identified 2 key examples to support it.  When we met in group I collected their A Lion to Guard Us books.  Then I introduced a new genre of literature called literary non-fiction.  This is informative writing that is formatted like a story with a beginning, middle and end.  The students had a chance to preview a text, The Popcorn Book, as we reviewed some vocabulary.  Finally, the students read a section of the book to identify 2 uses for popcorn.  For HOMEWORK the students need to reread up to the red sticky note.

Lions:  Independently the students read chapter 27 and, on a t-chart in their RRJ, identified the main idea for each page.  In group, we reviewed these main ideas and then we stepped it up a notch.  We revisited the main idea for page 176 and the students reread the page to find 2 key details to support it.  For HOMEWORK the students need to read chapter 28.

After literacy, the students went to music to end their day.

I did not get a chance to grade Friday's quiz...I will do it tonight and return them tomorrow!!