## Wednesday, April 13, 2016

### Wonderful Wednesday - Bus Evacuation

This morning, after the announcements, we began our literacy block.  We chatted a bit about how to choose topics and questions that the students are passionate about for their Genius Hour project.  Additionally, I shared some of the driving questions that Ms. Marsh's students chose for their projects.

WHile I met with guided reading groups and conducted some of the April informal reading assessments, the student worked independently.  First each group used their book, and our discussions, to identify the key events, in their RRJ.  After that, they practiced their word work words using "Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check".  Finally, the students viewed some resources that I linked to the Genius Hour page in Google Classroom and completed their brainstorming sheet listing possible topics and driving questions.

We did take a break to participate in a bus evacuation drill.

Pink:  Independently the students listed 6 key events, from the story, in their RRJ.  In group we practiced breaking apart and decoding multi-syllabic words.  Then we discussed possible theme of the story and found support in the book.  For HOMEWORK the children need to reread the book and think about themes.

Green:  Independently the students listed 6-8 key events, from the story, in their RRJ.  In group we analyzed what the King had learned in the story and how he had changed.  From this we discussed possible themes of the story.  For HOMEWORK the students need to reread the story and think about possible themes.

Blue:  Independently the students summarized the key events, of their book, in their RRJ.  IN group we discussed what the characters learned and how they changed to help us identify possible themes of the story.  For HOMEWORK the students need to reread the book and think about theme.

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

When the students returned to class we began our math block.  First we completed a Train Your Brain with students identifying as many rectangles as they could with a perimeter of 24 inches.  Then we began our math rotations.

During the small group, teacher-led, instruction we practiced identifying the area and perimeter of rectangles.  We also identified the lengths of unknown sides of a figure, using given information.

During math with a partner, students created robots, using centimeter grid paper, given specific perimeters for each body party.  Then they calculated the area of each.  Most students didn't finish, so they will have more time tomorrow.

Finally, during the technology rotation, the children worked on a perimeter assignment that was posted on Ten Marks.  Students were encouraged, repeatedly, to use the videos and hints.

HOMEWORK is posted on Google Classroom.

The students ended their day in music.

We will finish the mobile science lab experiment tomorrow.