## Thursday, January 5, 2017

### Thrilling Thursday!

Snow in the forecast and we are studying weather???  Lots of excitement in the air!!

Prior to the announcements, the students worked on our weekly puzzles and completed a WTW practice activity.  Afterwards, we began our science lesson.

Today, during science, the students continued using various resources provided online to learn how meteorologists predict and forecast the weather.  Then, they wrote about their findings, as if they were informing a second grade student about weather forecasting.

As they worked independently, I met with several students to help them revise their business proposal organizer.

After science, we switched for math and took a Go Noodle brain break.  Next we did an Eliminate One warm up and reviewed last night's homework.  Then we began our math rotations.

During the small group instruction we continued using place value and multiplies of tens and hundreds to solve 3-digit by 1-digit division problems.  During math with a partner, the students chose between two different board games to increase their basic division fact fluency.  Finally, during the technology rotation, the children watched a Khan Academy lesson about dividing 4-digit by 1-digit numbers and then worked on their division fact fluency using the web site Demolition Division.

There is a half sheet worksheet for HOMEWORK, that is also linked in GC - Holman's Homework.

After math, the students enjoyed lunch and indoor recess.  Then we began our literacy block.

I began by reviewing the first and second paragraphs of my model business proposal.  Then I demonstrated how to write the conclusion.  After that, we compared and contrasted the three paragraphs, discussing each included.

While I met with small groups the children finished writing their business proposal.  Then they completed a WTW practice activity.  Next they completed the Christopher Columbus origin, destination, and goals, chart.

Pink:  We reviewed their site word flashcards and added new words.  Then we reread the article, Columbus Was an Explorer, and discussed the main idea in each paragraph.  For HOMEWORK the children need to reread the article, Columbus Was an Explorer, working on fluency.

Blue:  We shared the key words they circled for homework last night.  Then we orally rehearsed summarizing the article.  After that, we reread the first paragraph and crossed out unimportant information.  For HOMEWORK the children need to reread the text and lightly cross out unimportant information from the second and third paragraphs, using the question, Who Discovered America, to guide them.

Orange:  We shared the key words they circled for homework last night.  Then we orally rehearsed summarizing the article.  For HOMEWORK the children need to reread the text and lightly cross out unimportant information.

Green:  We finally met and had a long discussion.  We numbered the paragraphs and determined the main idea in each.  We also identified key words and phrases.  For HOMEWORK students need to reread the text and lightly cross out interesting details that are not part of the main idea or they can highlight the most important parts so that they stand out.