Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Terrific Tuesday

This morning, prior to the announcements, the students either completed a WTW practice task or worked on their keyboarding skills using Typing Club.  After the announcements we changed seating assignments and then began science.

First we reviewed the 3 types of symbiosis.  Then, while I continued doing my monthly one-on-one informal reading assessments, the student rewatched "The Magic School Bus Takes a Dive", video and identified, and described, 4 examples of symbiosis

Next we switched for math and took a Go Noodle brain break.  After that, we did a quick warm up called Eliminate One.  The students were shown four numbers and had to pick one to get rid of and then share their thinking, or reasoning.  This was a great way to warm up our math brains and engage in math discourse.

During the small group, teacher-led instruction, we continued using bar diagrams and equations to represent and solve comparative multiplication word problems.

During math with a partner, the students engaged in math discourse as they solved comparative multiplication task cards and checked them using QR codes.

Finally, during the technology rotation, the students watched 2 Khan Academy lessons and then practiced using bar diagrams to represent and solve word problems using the site, Thinking Blocks Multiplication.

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

When they returned we spent more time than usual in a whole group setting.  First, I reviewed the main idea activity from yesterday.  I read the text out loud and explained how I determined the most important details from each section.  Then I demonstrated how I used the headings and the supporting details to determine the main idea of the entire text.

After that, I reviewed the correct punctuation for the dialogue paragraph from their independent work yesterday.  Then I modeled adding three pieces of dialogue, using the correct punctuation, to my historical fiction rough draft.

While I met with some students to conference on their writing, the rest of the class revised their historical fiction stories to add 3 pieces of dialogue and to correct capitalization errors.  Then they read a non-fiction text about cavities and identified the main idea and 3 supporting details.  Finally, those who had time, completed a WTW practice activity.

I did meet with the BLUE and ORANGE groups to listen to and provide feedback for a portion of their historical fiction story.  With both groups I reminded the children to visualize their story as a movie.  Their writing should reflect what they would see if they were watching it.

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