Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wonderful Wednesday

This morning, after reading quietly, exchanging books in the media center, or practicing keyboarding, we began our math rotations.

During the small group, teacher led, instruction, we reviewed comparing fractions using >, <, or =, and practicing the basic 7's and 8's facts.

During math with a partner, the students practiced the basic multiplication facts by playing one of two cards games; multiplication war or multiplication zone.

Finally, during the technology rotation, the children practiced multiplying one-digit numbers by multiples of ten, using the Sumdog site.

For HOMEWORK there are two links on Google Classroom, the homework page, to practice the 7's and 8's facts.  Also, a writing journal entry is due tomorrow!!

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

First, I reviewed the rubric I will use to grade the final, published copy of the inquiry project.  Then, we revisited the many resources, available for student use, in our daily flip chart.

Today the children will complete independent guided reading tasks.  Then they will focus on publishing and illustrating the final draft of their realistic fiction picture books.

Tigers:  First, we reviewed the pronunciation and meaning of the unknown words they identified, from chapter 5, for homework.  After that, we reviewed the big problem in the book and the steps Andrew took to solve it.  Then we whisper read most of chapter 5, one page at a time, and identified the main idea/event on each page.  After group, the children reread pages 45 and 47 and added a main idea for each page to the chart in their RRJ.  For HOMEWORK the students need to reread chapter 5.

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

Panthers:  Independently the students reread up to the sticky note in The Popcorn book and, in their RRJ, identified what unpopped kernels are called and explained why they would remain unpopped.  In group we reviewed these ideas and then finished reading the book.  Along the way we discussed what we did wrong if our popcorn turns out tough and how the author feels about popcorn.  For HOMEWORK the students need to reread the entire book.

Leopards:  Independently the students finished reading The Popcorn Book, and, in their RRJ, wrote about how they think the author feels about popcorn using at least two examples from the book.  In group we discussed how the author feels about popcorn and the examples that prove it.  For HOMEWORK the children need to reread the entire book.

Lions:  Independently the students reread chapter 29 and wrote a summary in their RRJ.  When they got to group I had planned to share and discuss their summaries but the group begged me to allow them to reread the chapter out loud.  They were so enthusiastic about it!!  How could I say no? So we reread it!!  For HOMEWORK the students need to read chapter 30, finishing the novel.

I had planned to test the children's Keep-a-Cubes this afternoon, before going to PE, but the class said they need the time to work on their inquiry, I gave them time!!  We will test the Keep-a-Cubes on Monday.

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

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