## Tuesday, January 3, 2017

### Welcome Back!!

I sincerely hope that everyone had a wonderful Winter Break and a happy and healthy New Year!!

This morning, the students completed a language review.  Then, after the announcements, we went over it and had a class meeting to share what we did over our break from school.

Next, we reviewed what Christopher Columbus is known for and the reasons for his journey.  We also shared strategies we can use to paraphrase when we write about what we read.

After that, we switched for math and took a Go Noodle brain break.  Then, as a warm up,  the students had 4 minutes to write as many expressions as they could that equaled 456.  Next, we began our math rotations.

During the small group, we practiced using mental math to divide multiplies of 10 and 100.  During math with a partner, the students engaged in math discourse, as they played a board game called, Remainders Race, focusing on dividing 2 digit by 1 digit numbers involving remainders.  Finally, during the technology rotation, the children watched a Learn Zillion lesson focusing on using multiples to divide, and took notes in their math journals.  Then they worked on improving their basic division fact fluency using the site, Monster Division.

For HOMEWORK there is a worksheet linked on Holman's Homework and passed out in class.

After math, the students enjoyed lunch and indoor recess.  Then they went to PE with Mr. Smith.

When we returned to class, we began our literacy block.  I began by reviewing what we had done with our inquiry project and then, once again, modeling how to complete the business proposal graphic organizer.  After that, I reviewed what information the students needed to understand to complete the Origins, Destination, Goals chart, using provided resources, about Christopher Columbus.

While I met with some reading groups, the students finished their business proposal graphic organizer.  Then they worked on their new Words Their Way word sort.  Finally, they used the provided resources to identify important information about the origins, destination, and goals of Christopher Columbus.

Pink:  I didn't get a chance to meet with this group.  I will tomorrow.  Tonight, for HOMEWORK, they need to practice their site word cards and read for 10 minutes, free choice.

Blue:  I collected their Jake Drake, Know-It-All books.  The I looked over their business proposal organizers.  After that,  I handed out an article about the Native Americans and we discussed the vocabulary identified at the bottom of the text.  For HOMEWORK the students need to read the article and mark places that they liked, surprised them, or confused them.

Orange:  I collected their Frindle books.  The I looked over their business proposal organizers.  After that, I briefly discussed colonization, the Revolutionary War, and the lost colony of Roanoke.  Then I handed out an article about John White's attempt to colonize Roanoke.  Finally, we discussed the vocabulary identified at the bottom of the text.  For HOMEWORK the students need to read the article and mark places that they liked, surprised them, or confused them.

Green:  We met and I collected their Pinballs book.  After that, I looked over their business proposal organizers. Then, I passed out an article about John Wesley Powell and reviewed some of the vocabulary.  For HOMEWORK the students need to read the article and mark places that they liked, surprised them, or confused them.