Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wonderful Wednesday

We had some schedule changes today due to the K-2 WIMS day.  These changes included indoor recess, a later lunch, and no music.  :-)

After the announcements we began our literacy block.  I explained and modeled the independent reading group tasks and reviewed the new final project for the Genius Hour, writing an "Expert Book".  Finally, I modeled how to complete the organizer for the "Expert Book".

Then the students worked independently to complete their guided reading assignment, finish writing their opinion paragraph for their assigned issue, and work on the organizer for their "Expert Book".

While the children worked, I began my monthly, informal reading assessments and met with guided reading groups.

Pink:  Independently the students reread up to page 10, and, in their RRJ, they turned the headings on pages 6 and 8 into questions and read to identify the answers.  In group we reviewed their lists of unknown words and then discussed the facts presented in the book.  After that, we reviewed expectations for their Expert Books and the students had a chance to share their topics and subtopics.  For HOMEWORK the children need to read pages 10-17 and list unknown words.

Green:  Independently the students reread pages 2-5, and, in their RRJ, they identified the main idea of the section and provided 2-3 supporting details.  In group we reviewed their lists of unknown words from homework last night.  Then we began to identify the main idea from pages 2-5 but it quickly became apparent that the group struggled with this assignment.  So, we reviewed strategies to help identify the main idea in text and the students took notes in their RRJ.  After that, we determined the main idea for pages 2-5.  Finally, students had a chance to share their topics and subtopics for their Expert Book.  For HOMEWORK the students need to read pages 6-11 and list unknown words.

Blue:  Independently the students read chapter 8 and, in their RRJ, they identified the main idea and 2-3 supporting details.  In group we reviewed the strategies for identifying the main idea of a section of text.  Then we shared and discussed the children's main idea statements.  For HOMEWORK the students need to read chapter 9.

After our literacy block the students had a ten minute break to eat their snack and regroup.  :-)

After our snack break we began out math block.

During the small group instruction we took another basic facts practice test.  Then we continued to represent and solve 2 step word problems.

During math with a partner the students engaged in math discourse to determine unknowns in addition and multiplication equations.

Finally, during the technology rotation, the students visited the Multiplication Facts Puzzle site to work on multiplication fact fluency.

We completed the first rotation before recess and lunch and finished the final two when the students returned to class.

HOMEWORK is posted on Google Classroom.

After math we watched a short video clip defining economics and explaining the production process.  Then I introduced a project we will be working on for the next week or so.  Students will work collaboratively in small group to plan and produce a good for kindergartners to play with during indoor recess.

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