Friday, October 9, 2015

Fantastic Friday

This morning, prior to the announcements, I worked with a couple of students to practice subtraction across zeroes.

After our streamed announcements, we began our literacy block.  I spent some time reviewing how to read my feedback on the Google Sides note taking presentations, for the inquiry project, and then revisit the web site to add to their notes.  Then I reviewed today's independent work tasks.

All  groups began with an independent guided reading task.  Then they worked on finishing their notes for their inquiry projects using my feedback.  After that, the students practiced their word work words by completing Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check, for each word.  Finally, they watched a Discovery Education video about government and completed a capture sheet.

While they worked I met with guided reading groups.

Orange:  The students reread pages 2-13 and wrote a main idea statement for page 13.  Then we shared their main idea statements and identified relevant details, from the text, to support them.

Pink:  Independently the students read pages 8-11 and identified an example of cause and effect from that section.  In group we reviewed their lists of unknown words from homework last night.  Then we reviewed cause (why) and effect (what happened) and shared the examples they identified.

Green:  Independently reread their entire book, working on stamina, and identified the main idea and 2-3 relevant details for the book.  In group we began by sharing their main idea statements.  Then we drew a line of learning and wrote one together.  After that the students identified and shared relevant details from the text.  I collected their books.  We will begin a new one on Monday.

Blue:  Independently the students reread their entire book, working on stamina, and identified the main idea and relevant details, for the book, in their RRJ.  In group we reviewed how to identify the main idea and relevant details from an entire book.  We also looked at the text structure and identified how to tell how many paragraphs  are on a page.  Then we shared and discussed their main idea and relevant details for the book.  I collected their books and they will get a new one on Monday.

After our literacy block the students enjoyed outdoor recess followed by lunch.

When we returned to class we took our math quiz.  These have been scored and returned to students. Overall the students did very well!!!  Look for them in home folders this evening.

After our quiz, we finally finished exploring how gravity affects the motion of objects.  Earlier in the week the students predicted how gravity would affect the motion of a ball, a feather, an index card, and a cube.  Today they tested and recorded their observations.  Then we discussed why objects fell in different paths and at seemingly different speeds.  We learned that air resistance and surface area affects gravity's impact on the motion of objects.

Next we took a much needed Go Noodle brain break.

Then we shared homework writing journal entries.

We ended the day with our weekly class meeting.  WE began by sharing how we are feeling--many are happy!!  Some are annoyed with chronic behavior problems...  Then we exchanged thank yous and compliments!  It was a great way to end the week!!

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