Thursday, November 10, 2016

Thursday - Early Release and Parent Conferences

This morning the students worked on solving our Thursday puzzles and had time to begin a WTW practice activity.  After the announcements, we had a heart-to-heart talk about focusing on instruction and asking questions.  This was a follow up to the shock I saw when the students received their graded inquiry projects yesterday afternoon.

After that, we reviewed yesterday's independent literacy tasks and the students got to work while I met with a reading group.  As a recap, the children reread the play, "Wali Dad" and highlighted examples of the elements we discussed yesterday.  Then they completed a chart indicating an element, how it looked in the text of the play, and how it helped their comprehension of the play.  After that, the children completed a WTW practice activity.  Finally, they practiced illustrating their historical fiction story for our class book.

Blue:  We reviewed the elements of a play.  Then I shared some background information about Leonard da Vinci, since we read a play about him.  After that, the students chose parts and read the play out loud.  We also reviewed the spelling pattern -tion when we ran across the word irrigation, in the play.

Next, we switched for math and took a Go Noodle brain break.  After that, we did an Agree or Disagree warm up.  Students were shown the equation 7 x 15 = 95 and had to decide if it was right or wrong and explain their thinking.

Then we began our math rotations.

During the small group lesson, we continued decomposing 2-digit numbers to solve 2-digit by 1-digit multiplication problems using the partial products method.

During math with a partner, the students engaged in math discourse, as they solved 2-digit by 1-digit multiplication problems using area models.

Finally, during the technology rotation, the children watched a Learn Zillion lesson and completed 3 follow up problems.  Then they practiced decomposing a 2-digit number into tens and ones, to solve a 2-digit by 1-digit multiplication problem, using the site Amoeba Multiplication. n Thoser who finished early practiced their basic facts using Xtra Math.

After math, the children ate lunch.

When they returned to class we continued our literacy block.

Orange:  We worked with the play , on page 22, in the children's Safari magazine.  We discussed some of the elements and then assigned parts and began reading it.  Unfortunately, we didn't get far because of time constraints.