## Wednesday, November 30, 2016

### Wonderful Wednesday

This morning, before the announcements, the students completed a graphic organizer indicating what they know about land use in Maryland.  After the announcements, we were treated to a Native American storyteller, Ms. Dovie Thomason, who shared stories from her culture.

When we returned to class, we switched for math and had a Go Noodle movement break.  Then we did a quick "eye spy" warm up and reviewed last night's homework.  Next we began our rotations.

During the small group instruction we practiced measuring and applying the area formula for rectangles.  During math with a partner, the children began calculating the area and perimeter (using formulas) for rooms in the dream house they created yesterday.  Finally, during the technology rotation, the students practiced applying their knowledge about area and perimeter by designing rooms online with set parameters.

There are 3 area problems, on a worksheet, to solve for HOMEWORK.

After math, the students enjoyed lunch and indoor recess.

When recess was over, we began our literacy block.  First we reviewed the concept of theme in literature.  Then, we defined and identified examples of prepositions and prepositional phrases.

While I met with guided reading groups, the students worked independently.  First, they finished the character sketch describing Mr. Falker.  Then they worked on our class historical fiction book.  After that, they  watched a Lear Zillion lesson about determining the theme in poetry and red the poem, Mother to Son".  Finally, they used a Google slide presentation, and a Learn Zillion lesson, to identify examples of prepositions in a poem.

Pink:  We reviewed the reason Gregory was so happy at the end of chapter 1.  Then we previewed chapter 2 and identified some tricky words.  Finally, we practiced each child's flashcards.  For HOMEWORK the students need to read chapter 2 and identify the most important event from the beginning, middle, and end of that chapter.

After meeting with the pink group, the students had art class with Mrs. Vanech.  When they returned to class, we continued with our literacy block.

Blue:  I gave a brief book introduction for our new book, Jake Drake, Know-It-All.  Then we reviewed some of the tricky vocabulary in the first chapter.  FOr HOMEWORK the students need to read chapter 1 and, with sticky notes, mark one thing that confused them (?), one thing that surprised them (!), and one thing they liked (:-) ).

Orange:  We began by sharing the questions that the students wrote for homework last night, and answering them, too.  After that, we discussed how analyzing a character's traits, feelings, and motivations help us understand the text. For HOMEWORK the children need to read chapters 2 and 3, indetify a character trait for Nick, and make 2 places in the text that support it.

Green:  The students shared the titles they chose for chapter 1 and explained their thinking.  After that we discussed each of the 3 children who ended up at the foster home.  FOr HOMEWORK the children need to read chapter 2-5 and marks places that confused them (?), surprised them (!), and things they liked (:-) ).