## Wednesday, May 13, 2015

### Wonderful Wednesday

This morning, after reading quietly, exchanging books in the media center, or practicing keyboarding, we reviewed last night's math homework and then began our math rotations.

During the small group, teacher-led, instruction we reviewed adding and subtracting time and representing and solving word problems involving liquid volume.  Then we shifted our focus to representing and solving word problems involving mass.

During math with a partner, the children chose between two games.  The first game practiced calculating the addition and subtraction of time.  The second game practiced basic fact fluency using division.  Obviously, students were expected to engage in math discourse with their partner!!

Finally, during the technology rotation, the students finished viewing the Learn Zillions lesson about liquid volume and mass.  (Some were directly instructed to rewatch the lessons!!)  Then they visited the Liquid Measure Game, using the third grade web site, to practice measuring liquid volume.

For HOMEWORK there is an assignment on Google Classroom, the homework page.  Students will view 2 linked Khan academy lessons about mass and then practice their new knowledge using a third link.  There is also a writing journal entry due Friday.

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

We began the literacy block discussing how students should utilize video lessons and take responsibility for their learning.  Then I modeled watching the Educreations lesson about the opinion paragraph and using it to draft my own.

Then we reviewed today's independent tasks.

Students began with guided reading group assignments and then all groups did a header sort with their own word work words.  After that, the children rewatched the Educreations lesson about drafting the opinion paragraph and then used it to write their own.  Finally, the students watched the first lesson of a program called Econ and Me and, in their social studies journal, they defined scarcity, and identified 3 resources, 2 scarce resources, and 1 choice the children in the video had to make.

Following lunch and outdoor recess, the students worked on the above assignments while I met with guided reading groups.

Panthers:  The students read to identify supporting details for the main idea that Mr. Sugihara wrote hundreds of visas himself.  Then the students read to identify supporting details for the main idea that the Sugihara's left Lithuania.  For HOMEWORK the students need to reread the entire book and mark important parts of the text with a star.

Tigers:  Independently the children reread the text between the two red post-its and wrote the most important fact/event, for each page, on a yellow sticky note and pt it on that page.  In group we reviewed identifying the most important fact/event for each page.  For HOMEWORK the students need to read between the two red sticky notes and mark places that are surprising with an exclamation mark and places that are confusing with  a question mark.

Leopards:  Independently the students reread pages 37-45 and then, in their RRJ, they explained, using details from the book, whether or not they thought Deborah regretted her decision to become a soldier.  In group we reviewed the places they marked as surprising and confusing i these two chapters.  For HOMEWORK the children are expected to read pages 46-51 and mark the most important parts with a star or asterisk.

Lions:  Independently the students reread pages 37-45 and then, in their RRJ, they explained, using details from the book, whether or not they thought Deborah regretted her decision to become a soldier.  In group we reviewed the places they marked as surprising and confusing in these two chapters.  For HOMEWORK the children are expected to read pages 46-51 and mark the most important parts with a star or asterisk.

Unfortunately, due to the unplanned writing lesson this morning and some challenges after recess, I did not get a chance to meet with the F&P group.

So, after the literacy block, the students ended their day in PE with Mr. Benco.