## Wednesday, April 15, 2015

### Wonderful Wednesday

This morning after reading quietly or practicing keyboarding skills we briefly discussed yesterday's Keep-a-Cube experiment.  Many students indicated they were surprised with their results.  What surprised me was some were surprised that their Keep-a-Cube worked while others were surprised it didn't work!!

After our debriefing we began our math rotations.

During the small group, teacher-led instruction we continued to work on solving multi step word problems.  Math with a partner had the students playing Multiplication War working towards basic fact fluency.  Finally, the students visited the site Word Problems with Katie to practice solving word problems.

For HOMEWORK there is a word problem posted on the Google Classroom homework page.  Also, there is a writing journal entry due Friday and we will have a math quiz on Friday.

After math we took a GO Noodle brain break before beginning our literacy block.

We began literacy by sharing examples of effort, motivation and persistence in the tales Jack and the Giant Barbecue and The Fisherman and the Turtle.  The students had a chance to revise their matrices during this time.

Then, while I met with guided reading groups, the students worked independently.  First they completed independent guided reading group tasks.  After that they compared and contrasted Jack and the Fisherman, in their RRJ, using details and examples from the matrix we reviewed in class today.  Next, the students continued taking notes on their inquiry issue.  After that they will complete a word work activity and then finish identifying the meaning and an example of opportunity cost.

Panthers:  The students reviewed the story, Persephone:  A Greek Myth.  Then we orally discussed some comprehension questions.  For HOMEWORK the children need to reread the book and, on a sticky note, answer,  why was it cold for so long.

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

Tigers:  Independently the children read the rest of their book and checked to see if the prediction they wrote for home work was correct.  In group, after reviewing the end of the book, we shared and discussed their predictions.  We also identified the theme of the story.  Then we discussed the story elements and located and labelled the problem with a "P".  For HOMEWORK the children will reread the story and located and label the solution with an "S".

Leopards:  Independently the children revisited their story and located and labelled the problem (P) and solution (S).  In group we reviewed the problem and solution.  Then we discussed how King Midas reacted to the problem and used that to determine the message/theme of the myth.  For HOMEWORK the children need to reread their book.

Lions:  Independently the students reread pages 11-13 and wrote a summary in their RRJ.  In group we reviewed and summarized the chapter.  Then we identified the most important part of this section.  For HOMEWORK the students need to read pages 14-17 and underline words referring to the who, what, where, when, and why.  They can also put a question mark by tricky words.

F&P:  We began group by recognizing how knowing vowel patterns can help us decode multi-syllabic words.  Then we reread the story Pool Trouble and marked examples of effort, persistence, and motivation, with sticky notes.  Finally we discussed examples of these traits from the book.

After literacy block we briefly read about various habitats around the world.  This was to gain background knowledge as we begin learning how plants and animals grow and survive in various habitats in science.

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

Spring picture day is tomorrow!!  Look for the information in home folders this evening!!