After the morning announcements, we began our literacy block. Before reviewing today's independent work tasks, I modeled how to add research questions to the Google Slides document. Then I showed the students how to use the web site, for my topic, to identify facts, details, and definitions, pertaining to my research questions, and add the notes to the slides. After that I went over today's tasks.
First, students completed guided reading assignments. Then they watched a lesson about cause and effect and completed a cause and effect chart that was handed in and graded. Next, the students completed a header sort, in their word work journal, for their new words. After that, the students continued identifying facts, details, and definitions, that answer their research questions for their inquiry project. They added these notes to their Google Slides presentation. Finally, the children watched a Discovery Education video about government and completed a capture sheet that will be graded for social studies.
As the students worked I met with individual students to complete some updated, informal reading assessments.
Orange: I pulled this group together to go over their tasks and write individual checklists for each student.
Pink: These students received a new guided reading book. Then they previewed the book, read pages 2-3 and identified the meaning of an economy in their RRJ.
Green: The students reread pages 3-5 and then identified the main idea and 2-3 relevant details, from the section, in their RRJ. In group we reviewed common and proper nouns, and identified a couple from our reading book. Then we reviewed cause and effect and identified examples from pages 3-5. For HOMEWORK the children need to read pages 6-8.
Blue: Independently the students reread pages 6-9 and identified the main idea and 2-3 relevant details in their RRJ. In group I collected these assignments to provide feedback and grade. Then we reviewed cause and effect, and identified some examples from their guided reading book, pages 6-9. For HOMEWORK the students need to read pages 10-15.
After our literacy block, the students enjoyed outdoor recess and lunch.
When we returned to class we began our math block.
During the small group, teacher-led, rotation the students will practice subtracting within 1,000, across zeroes. During math with a aprtner, the students engaged in math discourse, using our class word slash, as they played games focusing on fluency with the basic subtraction facts. Finally, during the technology rotation, the students practiced subtracting within 1,000, using a white board, and paying Tic Tac Toe on the Funbrain.com site.
Group 1: We began with a math talk sharing ways to solve the following problems mentally: 8 + 2, 8 + 4 + 2, 2 + 3 + 8. Then the students worked with a partner to solve a 3 digit subtraction problem with a zero in the tens column and check their answer using addition.
Group 2: We began with a math talk sharing ways to solve the following problems mentally: 8 + 2, 8 + 4 + 2, 2 + 3 + 8. Then the students worked with a partner to solve a 3 digit subtraction problem with a zero in the tens column and check their answer using addition.
Group 3: We began with a math talk sharing ways to solve the following problems mentally: 8 + 2, 8 + 4 + 2, 2 + 3 + 8. Then the students worked with a partner to solve a 3 digit subtraction problem with a zeroes in the ones and tens column and check their answer using addition.
For HOMEWORK there is a question on Google Classroom....the students need to solve it AND explain how understanding the relationship between hundreds, tens, and ones, help them to find the difference.
After math we had science. Today we reviewed what we knew about gravity and then the students worked in groups, collaboratively, to predict how gravity will affect the motion of a cube, a rubber ball, an index card, and a feather.
We ended the day with a lesson with our guidance counselor, Ms. Snyder. Students were shown how they can contact her for help and support. Then she read a book called, What if Everybody Did that? Finally the children created a page mimicking the book.
We definitely had a busy but productive day.