Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Welcome to Week 2!

This morning, the students logged into GC - Class Meeting and shared what they did over the weekend.  Then they logged into Typing Club to practice keyboarding.  After the announcements we began our science lesson.

During science we determined that an organism is anything that is alive.  We also identified two categories; plants and animals.  Then we learned that the basic difference between the two is movement.  Finally we watched a video clip of a Venus Flytrap and discussed whether it should be considered a plant or an animal.  We all agreed it's a plant.

After science we began our math block.

Today was our second time meeting in our math classes.  Since we didn't get through all of the rotations on Friday, we repeated the rotations today.

Today, during the small group instruction, we focused on the difference between a digit and a number, and using periods to help us read multi digit numbers within 1,000,000.  During math with a partner, the children played a spinner game to create multi-digit numbers, and then practiced writing the in standard, expanded, and word form.  Finally, during the technology rotation, the children watched a Learn Zillion lesson about place value and took notes in their math journal, using a format I provided.

HOMEWORK:  This year homework is assigned weekly on our GC - Homework page...BUT students who didn't finish today's Learn Zillion lesson, should view it at home this evening.

After math the students enjoyed lunch and outdoor recess.  Then they went to PE with Mr. Smith.

When we returned to the classroom, we began our literacy block.  First, the children had 15 minutes to work on the independent tasks they began on Friday.  Then, together, we reread Freedom Summer and I modeled determining a character trait for John Henry and identifying 3 items of support, from the text.  This is the organizer that we will use to help us draft a character analysis.

After that, the students worked independently on their character analysis of Joe (just the planning organizer).  Then they continued their tasks from Friday.

AS they worked, I met with students to continue my informal reading assessments.

At the end of the day I reviewed this year's homework expectations.

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