Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wonderful Wednesday

This morning, after the announcements, we began our literacy block.  While I met with individual students, to conduct our monthly reading assessments, and guided reading groups, the students worked independently on the following tasks.

All reading groups reread their fables/ fairy tales and, in their RRJ, they explained how a character's actions led to an event in the story.  After that, the students used 10 more of their word work words in meaningful sentences.  Finally, the children continued to research  and answer the questions they are wondering about in regards to their Genius Hour project.

Pink:  In group we reviewed the events leading to Crocodile returning to his bedroom.  Then we identified how a characters actions lead to events in the story, creating a pathway to the central message, or moral, of the fable.  Then I modeled summarizing the fable out loud.  After that, I handed out a new fable, The Ducks and the Fox, and we did some word work.  For HOMEWORK the students need to reread the fable, The Ducks and the Fox.

Green:  In group we reviewed the actions that led to the Grasshopper going to the ant's house in winter.  After that I explained that by identifying the main character's actions, and events caused by them, we can begin to determine the most important events and then summarize a story.  Then I modeled summarizing the Ant and the Grasshopper.  Next I explained that we can analyze the summary to determine the moral of the story.  Finally, I handed out a new fable, The Tortoise and the Hare.  For HOMEWORK the students need to do a first reading of the fable, The Tortoise and the Hare.

Blue:  In group we reviewed and listed the actions that led to Rumpelstiltskin running away howling.  Then we discussed how identifying the main character's actions that led to important events can help us determine the important events to include in a summary.  For HOMEWORK the students need to reread Rumpelstiltskin.

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.  Students listed equations with a difference greater than 10 and less than 20.  Then we began our rotations.

During the small group instruction we practiced telling time to the minute using an analog clock.  The last group began calculating elapsed time.

During math with a partner the students played a game called Telling Time Bump to practice telling time to the nearest 5 minutes on an analog clock.

Finally, during the technology rotation, the children completed a Ten Marks assignment, practicing telling time on an analog clock, using videos and hints to support their learning.

HOMEWORK is posted on Google Classroom.

The students ended the day in music with Mrs. Graf.

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