Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Wonderful Wednesday

This morning, prior to the announcements, the students completed their symbiosis worksheet, identifying examples from "The Magic School Bus Takes a Dive", and worked on a WTW practice activity.  After the announcements we began our science lesson.

Today we investigated how groups of organisms obtain energy from the sun through their food source.  First the children listed the food they ate yesterday on a chart and color coded it according to the food group to which it belongs.  After that, we read some informational text to learn about producers (plants that make their own food) and consumers (living things that eat other living things).  We identified and defined three types of consumers; herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores.

Next we switched for math and took a Go Noodle brain break.

We began math with an "Agree or Disagree" warm up  encouraging students to use math discourse to prove their mathematical thinking.  Then we began our rotations.

During the small group instruction we used bar diagrams to solve multiplicative comparison word problems.

During math with a partner, the students collaborated to finish the task cards they began yesterday and check their answers using QR codes.

Finally, during the technology rotation, the children watched 2 more Khan Academy lessons about solving multiplicative comparison word problems.  Then they practiced solving word problems using Thinking Blocks.  Those who had extra time worked on their basic fact fluency using Xtra Math.

After math, the children enjoyed lunch and outdoor recess.  When they returned to class we began our literacy block.

Today I modeled how to write a conclusion and then listen to the story using an app called Read and Write for Google.  After that, the students worked independently, while I met with more reading groups to conference with the students on their historical fiction stories.

First the children revised their conclusion.  Then they listened to their story using Read and Write for Google, and made necessary changes.  Next, the identified the main idea and supporting details of a non-fiction piece of text about cavities.  Finally, the children had time to work on their WTW practice activities.

The children had art with Mrs. Vanech in the middle of our literacy block.

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