## Tuesday, April 28, 2015

### Terrific Tuesday

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 practice reading and writing time using an analog clock. Math with a partner had the children using math discourse, to create flaps, to math the times on analog and digital clocks.  Finally, during the technology portion, students finished watching the Learn Zillions lessons from yesterday, and then visited the Telling Time Basketball site to practice reading time on an analog clock.

For HOMEWORK there is an assignment posted on Google Classroom.  The children will click on the posted link to visit a site where they will practice telling time using an analog clock.  There is also a homework writing journal entry due Friday.

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

During independent work time the students will complete guided reading group assignments.  Then they will watch an Educreations lesson, I created, about writing the informative paragraph explaining arguments FOR their issue and draft their own paragraph in their packet.  After that, students will complete an assigned word work activity.  Next they will read 3 Encyclopedia Britannica articles about 3 natural resources (rice, vanilla and chocolate) and complete a chart identifying how each is transformed into usable products.

As the students work, I will meet with small groups.

Panthers:  First I collected their summaries for the Three Little Pigs.  Then we reviewed characteristics of a tall tale and I handed out the book, The Legend of John Henry.  After that the students read up to the end of page 6 and orally recalled the events they had read.  For HOMEWORK the children need to read the rest of the book, pages 7-15, marking unknown words with a question mark.

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

Tigers:  Independently the students wrote summaries of Jack's Tale in their RRJs.  In group we discussed the idea of point of view and then I introduced their new book, A Giant's Tale.  This is the same story as Jack's Tale but told from the Giant's point of view.  Next we reviewed vocabulary necessary to read and comprehend the text.  Finally, after the students did a picture walk, we began reading and retelling the story, 2 pages at a time.  For HOMEWORK the students need to read pages 6, 7, 8, and 9, and practice retelling what happened, in their own words, at the end of each page.  They also need to do a word work activity that they choose.

Leopards:  Independently the students reread The Banza and marked places in the text where they were surprised with an "S" and place they were confused with a "C".  In group we shared and discussed the places they marked.  We also talked about why Teegra gave Cabree the Banza which led to discourse as to whether or not the Banza is magical.  For HOMEWORK this evening the students need to reread the Banza and underline/highlight text that supports that the Banza helped to save Cabree.

Lions:  Independently the students reread The Banza and marked places in the text where they were surprised with an "S" and place they were confused with a "C".  In group we shared and discussed the places they marked.  We also talked about why Teegra gave Cabree the Banza.  For HOMEWORK the students need to reread The Banza and think about; What motivated Teegra to give Cabree the Banza?  How did the Banza save Cabree?

F&P:  The students reread the section about the dog Roselle and then we discussed what she did to become a hero.  After that we shared what all three dogs, in the book, have in common and what all heroes have in common.  Finally, we discussed how each hero was different.  Afterwards, I explained to the group that we had just compared and contrasted the dogs!

After our literacy block we finished sharing the student's habitat presentations.

Finally, at the end of our day, I introduced Padlet to the class.  We will be using this site, tomorrow, to post our reflections as to how our knowledge has changed since completing the habitat research and presentations.