Friday, April 29, 2016

Fantastic Friday

This morning, after watching the announcements, we began our literacy block.  I spent some time talking about persistence and frustration tolerance, particularly as it relates to our Genius Hour project.  Then I modeled, once again, using a kid friendly search engine to research my driving question, add notes to my capture sheet, and site my source.

After that the students practiced writing their word work words and then continued their Genius Hour research, while I completed my April reading assessments.

At 10:00 we visited the media center where Mrs. Allaire taught us more about researching using the Internet and choosing reliable sources.

When we returned to class the children continued researching their genius hour project while I met with small groups.

Green:  We met and together identified the elements of the fable, The Tortoise and the Hare, and then orally, created a summary of it.  We will begin a new story next week.

Blue:  We met and the students had time to review the story.  Then, together, we retold the story with each student contributing in a sequential order.  We will begin a new story next week.

I didn't get a chance to meet with the pink group today.

After our literacy block, the students enjoyed outdoor recess and lunch.

When they returned to class we began our math block with a Train Your Brain.  This warm up focused on the addition of time.  After that we began our math rotations.

During the small group instruction we used number lines to calculate to solve elapsed time words problems.  Students practiced determining the beginning time, the end time, and the elapsed time using 3 separate problems.

During math with a partner the students played Time Bump to practice reading time on an analog clock.

Finally, during the technology rotation, the children worked on two Ten Marks assignments; reading time on an analog clock, and calculating the addition and subtraction of time.

We will have a math quiz on TUESDAY, not Monday.

After math we shared homework writing journals.

Next we took a MUCH needed Go Noodle brain break.

We ended the day with our weekly class meeting.  We had a student leader, AH, who did an awesome job.  He began with a group share where each student shared their favorite part of the week.  Then we exchanged thank yous and compliments.  After that, I took over, and we discussed the importance of saying thank you and you're welcome.  We also discussed the need to be respectful and courteous in the lunchroom.

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