## Monday, September 19, 2016

### Marvelous Monday

It's hard to believe that we are already in week 4 of the school year but it's only our second Monday!!

This morning, after the announcements, the students had time to work collaboratively to finish their geographic tool chart.  Then we quickly shared what they learned about their tools through their research.  After that, we began learning how geographic features influence the settlement patterns in Maryland.

First, we shared reason why our families chose to live here.  Then we reviewed the differences between urban, suburban, and rural communities.  Next, we read, and discussed, why people might want to live in an urban city such as Baltimore, as well as why others would not want to live there.

While we switched for math, we took a quick Go Noodle brain break.

In math this week, we will focus on rounding multi-digit numbers to the nearest 100 and 10.

During the small group lesson, after defining the terms enrollment and capacity, we used a chart identifying those of the high school in MCPS.  Then the students wrote comparison numbers sentences for both Clarksburg and Damascus high schools and rounded each to the nearest 100.

During math with a partner, the children engaged in math discourse as they played Roll, Say, Compare, and Round.  First they generated a 5 digit number by rolling dice.  Then they practiced saying it, they wrote a number sentence to compare their number to their partner's, and they used a number line to round their number to the nearest 100 and 10.

Finally, during the technology round, the students signed into prodigy and completed the placement test.  Then they completed a posted assignment about rounding using a number line.

After math, the students enjoyed lunch and indoor recess.

After recess, we talked about becoming involved in the Wims SGA (student government).  I explained the application process and interested children took a form that MUST be completed and returned to school NO LATER than this Thursday, September 22, if they plan on running to be a representative.\

Next, we turned our attention to science.  We finally got our kit today and we had a lot to catch up on.

So, first we read, while I modeled, how to make our terrarium and plant the seeds.  Then, the students worked collaboratively, by table groups to do so.  Next, we read, and I modeled, how to set up the aquarium.  Then the students worked collaboratively to do that.

BY the time we wee done with science, it was already 2:45!!!  So, the students worked on the Learn Zillion, identifying and correcting run-on Sentences lesson and drafting their body paragraph while I gave the Words Their Way inventory to a couple of students who were absent last week when we did it.