Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Wonderful Wednesday - Parent Conferences

This morning, after the announcements, we had a treat!  Some of our Hindu friends spoke to use about their holiday, Divali.  Then we began our literacy block.

As I met with some of the guided reading groups, the students worked independently.  First they practiced writing their word work words using, Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check.  Then the students watched a Brain Pop Jr. lesson about similes and wrote 5 similes to describe themselves.  After that they practiced writing the letters q, o, and c, in cursive.

Orange:  We began by reviewing our word study patterns for the long and short /o/ sounds.  Then we identified the difference between literal and figurative language.  Next, we reread the poem, Mummy Slept Late and Daddy Fixed Breakfast", and identified the beginning, middle, and end.  Finally, we were introduced to the concept of theme.

Pink:  We reread the poem, Mummy Slept Late and Daddy Fixed Breakfast".  Then we identified the difference between literal and figurative language.  After that, we determined the beginning, middle, and end of the poem.  Next I introduced the concept of theme and we discussed tea work as the theme of the poem.

Green:  I did not meet with the green group since this was the only group that has already learned about theme...and we had a shortened literacy block.

Blue:  We began group by reviewing literal and figurative language.  Then I introduced the concepts of theme and lesson in narrative writing.  We discussed that these are both inferred from the text and can be applied to other, real-life situations.

After our literacy block we began math.

I began math telling the students about compacted math (begins in fourth grade and students who qualify receive 2 years of math instruction in a year) and explaining that during the course of the year, I will be assessing several students to determine if they are a good fit for this program.

Students who are eligible for testing for placement in compacted math will complete the first task today or tomorrow during math.  While I work with these students, the rest of the class will be working on a word problem.  Given a set of information, students will determine 3 plans to get 24 students to a field trip to a science museum using a variety of vehicles.

During math we did take a break to eat lunch.

HOMEWORK is posted on Google Classroom.

Tomorrow is another early release day.

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