Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Terrific Tuesday

This morning, prior to the announcements, the children had time to catch up on the planning organizer for the inquiry historical fiction story.  Then, they chose between completing a WTW practice activity or working on their keyboarding skills using Typing Club.

After the announcements we worked on our Native American Webquest for social studies.

Then we switched for math and took a Go Noodle brain break.  We also went out to take part in a back door bus evacuation drill.

When we returned to math class, we began our rotations.

During the small group instruction we looked at a few subtraction problems and discussed how many digits we would expect to be in the difference.  Then we practiced estimating and solving a multi-digit subtraction problem involving decomposing across zeroes.  Finally, we checked our answer using addition.

During math with a partner, the students practiced subtracting, sometimes across zeroes, as they played a game called, Race to Zero.  Each student began with 1,000 and rolled three dice to create a 3-digit number to subtract fro their total.  They continued doing so until they reached zero.  The first student to get to zero was the winner.

During the technology rotation, the students watched a Learn Zillion lesson about subtraction involving regrouping, sometimes across zeroes.  Then they solved a problem, involving regrouping across zeroes, in their math journal.  Those who finished early practiced their basic facts using Xtra Math.

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

When they returned to class, we began our literacy block.

First, I introduced the students to Trello, an online app that will be used to keep track of what students are working on in writing.  Next, I modeled, using various resources and thinking aloud, how to plan and complete the graphic organizer planning document for the historical fiction story.  Finally, I identified some steps for using context clues to determine the meaning of unknown words in text.

As the students worked, I spent time troubleshooting challenges with individual students.  I didn´t meet with reading groups but we will get back to them on Thursday!

Due to the Jewish holiday, there is no school tomorrow.  Individual pictures are FRIDAY.  Order forms are coming home today.  Finally, we would appreciate donations of paper towels.

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