## Wednesday, May 4, 2016

### Wonderful Wednesday

This morning, after the announcements, we began our literacy block.  I began by reviewing the expectations, thus far, for the Genius Hour project.  Then I shared with the students that I had looked over their research notes and was shocked to find many students had not done anything over the past week.  Finally, I shared a resource, that I put in the Genius Hour page of Google Classroom, providing some ideas for their final projects.

While I met with students to conference on their Genius Hour project and small guided reading groups, the students worked on the following tasks.  First, all groups completed a vocabulary task using three words from The Banza.  After that, they practiced their word work words by doing a buddy check or look, say, cover, write, check.  We will have a word work quiz tomorrow. Finally, the children turned their attention to their genius hour project.  Most students continued with their research.  Some began planning their informational paragraph.

Pink:  We met to review the meanings of the vocabulary words, astonished, demanded, and intently.  We analyzed the sentences each word appeared in, in the text.  Then we looked at the meanings using dictionary.com.  Finally, the students wrote their own sentence proving they understood the meaning of the vocabulary word.  For HOMEWORK the students need to reread The Banza.

Green:  In group we reviewed the meanings of the three vocabulary words, astonished, demanded, and intently.  Then we practiced using the words in sentences.  For HOMEWORK the students need to reread The Banza.

Blue:  In group we reviewed the meanings of the three vocabulary words, astonished, demanded, and intently.  Then we practiced using the words in sentences.  For HOMEWORK the students need to reread The Banza.

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

When they returned to class we began our math block.  We started with a Train Your Brain listing equations with a difference of 50.  Then we began our math rotations.

During the small group instruction the children used a set of data to create two picture graphs.  The first one each symbol counted as 1, but for the second each symbol counted as 2.  After that they responded to questions about their picture graphs.

During math with a partner the students answered questions using data represented on a tally chart.  Then they reinforced their multiplication fluency by playing Multiplication War.

Finally, during the technology rotation, the students watched two Khan Academy lessons about picture and bar graphs and then completed an activity using their new knowledge.

HOMEWORK is posted on Google Classroom.

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