## Friday, May 1, 2015

### Fantastic Friday!

This morning, after reading quietly, exchanging books in the media center, or practicing keyboarding skills, the children took their math quiz.  These have been scored.  Look for them in your child's home folder this evening.

After the quiz, I took time to go over the ES opportunity.  Many did not answer the question directly.

Next we did a quick lesson about measuring liquid volume using liters.  Using the internet, we pulled up some pictures of a 2 liter soda bottle, a liter of water, and a quart of milk.  Students learned that one liter is equivalent to a quart plus a cup of milk.  Additionally, they were instructed to use 2 liter bottles of soda, a liter bottle of water, or the quart (plus a cup) of milk, as benchmark when trying to estimate liquid volume.

After math we took a Go Noodle brain break with the children practicing yoga.

The we reviewed today's independent work assignments AND I did a mini lesson breaking apart my model paragraph and instructing the students as to how and why I constructed and included each sentence.

Today the students did a guided reading group task and finished revising and typing the second paragraph of their issue inquiry project.  Then the students  finished their vocabulary chart, using the meaning of affixes to comprehend new words, and the science chart, explaining how natural resources are made into usable products.  If there was time leftover, students practiced reading, writing, keyboarding, or cursive.

I met with guided reading groups while the students worked independently.

Panthers:  First we took a mini word work quiz.  Then the children reread, The Legend of John Henry, and thought about the theme of the book.  Finally, we discussed possible themes for the tall tale.

Following lunch and outdoor recess, the students continued their independent work while I met with more groups.

Tigers:  Independently the students reread pages 13-15 and either listed or drew pictures of the main events in that section of text.  We began group with a quick word work quiz.  Then we reviewed pages 13-15 and used the important events to retell that portion of the text.

Leopards:  Independently, in their RRJ,  the students used the criteria, we agreed upon in group yesterday to explain why they felt Cabree was brave.  In group we took a mini word work quiz and then discussed Cabree's actions that met our criteria for being brave.

Lions:  Leopards:  Independently, in their RRJ,  the students used the criteria, we agreed upon in group yesterday to explain why they felt Cabree was brave.  In group we took a mini word work quiz and then discussed Cabree's actions that met our criteria for being brave.

After our literacy block the students had a chance to share their homework writing journal entries with the class.

Then we ended our day with our weekly class meeting.  We began with a group share where each student told us what was on their mind.  Then we exchanged compliments and thank yous.  Finally we discussed some challenges.

During the challenge section we discussed a student moving and talked about the need to remain responsible, respectful, and part of our team, as summer approaches.  Finally, I read a story titled, The Invisible Boy, and we reflected on changes the characters in the book could have made to make Brain feel less invisible.