Thursday, December 3, 2015

Thrilling Thursday

This morning, after the announcements, we learned about the SGA winter gear drive.  We will be collecting new jackets, mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, and anything else to keep warm during the winter.

After that we began our literacy block.  First, I shared and reviewed the criteria for success foer the inquiry project.  Then we reviewed the model note taking organizer and identified additional resources from which to take notes.  After that I reviewed today's independent task list.

The students began by rereading their play.  Then they used 10 more of their word work words in sentences.  Next, they finished researching their inquiry topic and taking notes on the organizer.  After that, they watched a Learn Zillion lesson about writing in paragraph form, twice.  The second time they took notes in their writing journal using a format I provided on our daily flip chart and in Google Classroom.  Once that was completed, they practiced writing words with the suffix -ful, and identifying the meaning.

As they worked I met with guided reading groups.

Orange:  we reread their play out loud.  Then I returned their written responses and gave the time to read my feedback.  Next, we wrote a model answer (I wrote it and thought aloud as I did) and they copied it into their RRJ.  Finally, we compared their responses to the model, noticing what they did well and what needed to be improved.  For HOMEWORK they need to reread their play.

Pink:  In group we attempted to discuss the actions and events that they were supposed to mark, in their script, for homework last night.  This proved to be frustrating and confusing.  So, we backed up and orally retold the story.  After that, I listed the main events in the play and the students copied them into their RRJ.  For HOMEWORK they need to reread their play.

Green:  We reviewed the portions of the script they marked with an M for homework last night.  These were the factors that caused the lazy people to escape and become monkeys.  After that we orally rehearsed an answer to the questions, what factors caused the lazy people to escape and become monkeys.  For HOMEWORK they need to reread their play.

Blue:  We reviewed and listed the events of the plot of the play, The Hidden One.  Then we orally rehearsed explaining the factors that led to Little Scar Face marrying The Hidden One.  For HOMEWORK the children need to reread the play.

After the literacy block, the children enjoyed outdoor recess and lunch.

When the students returned to class I went over today's math rotations but then had to leave to attend a meeting.

While I was gone, the students completed their first two rotations and then went to art.

During the small group instruction the children practiced writing equation, using a variable, and solving to identify the area of a rectangle.  Additionally, they identified what each number in their equation represented.

During math with a partner students began creating a "Dream House" on grid paper.  First they outlined their home and partitioned it into rectangular rooms.  Next they named and colored each room.  Finally, they identified the area of each room by writing, and solving, a multiplication equation.

During the technology rotation the students visited Sumdog and completed the initial assessment activity.

After art I met with the third rotation.

We WILL have a quiz tomorrow.

I will finish the second compacted math task, with selected students, next week.

HOMEWORK is posted on Google Classroom. more thing...we will be having another "Camp Out" NEXT Friday, December 11, as a whole class Dojo reward.

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