Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Terrific, but Tired, Tuesday - The Day After!!!

So, yesterday we had our fabulous field trip to Flag Ponds, home of Calvert Cliffs.  We did a ton of walking and saw many organisms working together to make a successful ecosystem.  It was a GREAT day!

Unfortunately, the fall out from a fabulous day yesterday is exhaustion today!!

After the announcements, the students worked collaboratively, in their table groups, to depict the different ecological levels found in an environment.

Then we switched for math and took a Go Noodle brain break. Next we began our math rotations.

During the small group instruction, we practiced solving 2-digit by 1-digit multiplication problems but the children got to choose whether they used the area model strategy or the partial product strategy.

During math with a partner, the children engaged in math discourse as they practiced solving 2-digit by 1-digit multiplication problems using either the area model or partial products.

Finally, during the technology rotation, the students logged onto Front Row, for the first time, and began taking the initial assessments.  This is a site that allows me to assign problems similar to what we do in small group but at THEIR level, based on the initial assessment results.

After math, the students enjoyed lunch and outdoor recess.  Then they went to PE.

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

This week the children will use my feedback to clean up their historical fiction stories in preparation for publishing them in our class book.  They will also complete their final illustration for the book.  WHile working on these, they will also complete WTW practice activities.

Pink:  We reviewed reading words with the -oi and -ea vowel patterns.  Then we practiced reading words with the -ou pattern.  After that, we reviewed the short vowel sounds and wrote word chains to practice hearing and spelling them correctly. Then we listed and discussed the elements of a play.  Finally, we found examples of stage directions and dialogue in the play, A Visit from Detective Seymour", and read pages 22-25.  HW: Reread pages 22-25 and practice flashcards.

Orange:  The students met and read through their play.

Green:  The students met and read through their play.

Due to the book publishing activity and a shortened afternoon (we had PE), I only met with the pink group.  I will get to the rest tomorrow.

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