Monday, April 4, 2016

Marvelous Monday - Welcome Back from Spring Break!

I sincerely hope that all of you had a wonderful Spring Break!!

This morning, after the announcements, we took a minute to share one thing we did over our break.  Then we began our literacy block.

This week, all groups will be reading and comparing the same two texts about the Statue of Liberty.  Today the students began with the book, Emma's Poem.  They listened to it being read aloud twice.  The first time they were to determine that the author wanted us to learn.  Then, during the second reading, they listed key details in their RRJ.  After that, the students cut apart and put initials on the back of their new word work words.  Then they did a header wort using these words.  Finally, the children continued working on publishing and illustrating their realistic fiction picture books.

During this time, I met with students to review their realistic fiction picture books and met with guided reading groups.

Pink:  In group we rewatched the story, Emma's Poem, stopping intermittently to restate the events in the book.  Then we discussed the main idea of the story and listed key details.  Finally, we did a header sort with our new word work words.  This list focuses on compound words.

Green:  In group we reviewed and listed the key details from Emm'a Poem.  Then we did a header sort with their new word work words which focus on w- controlled vowels.

Blue:  In group we reviewed the main idea of Emma's Poem and listed the key details.  Then we did a header sort with their new word work words which focuses on the suffixes -ty and -ity.  These suffixes generally change an adjective to a noun with the meaning, "quality of".

HOMEWORK for all reading groups is to read for 15 minutes using a book on MyON or any other book they choose.

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

When the students returned to class we began our math block.  First, though, I introduced a new web site called Xtra Math.  This is a site that has been shown to increase proficiency in the basic facts. A parent letter will be coming home in home folders this evening.

Then we began our math rotations.

During the small group, teacher-led, instruction we reviewed comparing fractions with like denominators or numerators and then practiced using known facts to help us memorize the more challenging basic multiplication facts.

During math with  partner, the students worked on basic multiplication fact fluency by playing Multiplication War.

Finally, during the technology rotation, the students logged into Xtra Math, watched the student tutorial, and then began working on their facts.

In between the first and second rotations, the students went to PE with Mr. Benco.

HOMEWORK is posted on Google Classroom.

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