Thursday, March 26, 2015

Thrilling Thursday--End of MP 3

Today marks the last day of the third marking period.  Tomorrow is a professional day.  There is no school for students but the teachers will be busy with grading, reporting, and planning.

On to today...

The students came in and read quietly, exchanged books in the media center, or practiced keyboarding.  After that, we began math rotations.

Today we continued working towards the memorization of the basic facts during math with a partner and the technology rotation.  Students played Multiplication War or Multiplication Zone during math with a partner.  Then, they used Sumdog or That's a Fact, to practice the basic facts during the technology portion.

During the small group, teacher-led, instruction we reviewed comparing fractions and then compared multiplication problems involving multiples of ten.

After math we took a Go Noodle brain break.

Then I reviewed the many resources available to the students in the daily flip chart and we revisited the rubric I will use to grade their final inquiry project.

After that, the students put their effort into publishing and illustrating their realistic fiction picture book.  There were no reading group assignments.

I did meet with a few guided reading groups to wrap up the books they were reading.  ALL groups will begin new books, traditional tales, on Monday.  We will also begin new word work units.

Tigers:  We met and reviewed the main idea for pages 45 and 47, the last two pages in the book.  Then we discussed whether we would want to be friends with Sharon, using reasons from the text as support.

Following  lunch and outdoor recess the students continued working on publishing and illustrating their realistic fiction picture books.  I met with one more group.

Lions:  We discussed the bittersweet ending to Snow Treasure.

At 12:45 I left to attend a fourth quarter planning meeting.  Mrs. Brandon, a para-educator, spent the afternoon with the children as they finished publishing and illustrating their books, shared homework writing journals, and then went to art.

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