## Tuesday, February 7, 2017

### Terrific Tuesday

This morning the students completed yesterday's science activity where they read an article about clouds and precipitation and then explained how the two are related.  Those who finished early practiced their keyboarding skills using Typing Club.  We did take a short break for our February fire drill.  After that, we watched a video about weather changes and measurement.

Next, we switched for math and took a Go Noodle brain break.  Then we did a "would you rather" math warm up requiring the knowledge of equivalent fractions.  After that we quickly reviewed how to generate equivalent fractions of 1/2, 1/3, and 1/4.  Next we began our math rotations.

During the small group instruction, we finished yesterday's lesson by using our knowledge of equivalent fractions to estimate the placement of a fraction on a number line.  Then we began using the benchmark of 1/2 to compare fractions using <, >, or =.

During math with a partner, the students engaged in math discourse as they colored in a dragon using equivalent fractions.

Finally, during the technology rotations the students watched a Learn Zillion lesson about comparing fractions using the benchmark 1/2, and took notes in their math journals.  Then they played Tug Team Fractions to practice comparing fractions.

For HOMEWORK the children should attempt to complete the worksheet we began in class.

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

When we returned to class we began our literacy block.  I explained that this week our focus would be to explain how a character's traits impacts the sequence of events in a myth and to write an informative paragraph for their group Extreme Weather Newsletter. Next, I shared the scoring tool that will be used for the newsletter articles and modeled using my notes to begin writing an informative paragraph about my weather topic.

While I met with small groups, the children read the myth, "The Golden Touch" and listed unknown words.  Then they used their research to begin drafting their informative newsletter article.

Pink and Blue:  We reviewed the concept of character traits and then played a quick game of charades in which students chose a trait and acted it out.  Then we read the story, The Golden Touch, and discussed the character trait of greed.  For HOMEWORK the students need to reread the myth and mark places with a G where King Midas is demonstrating the trait of greed.

Orange:  Independently, the children read the myth, The Golden Touch, and listed unknown words.  In group we reviewed the concept of character traits and then played a quick game of charades in which students chose a trait and acted it out.  Then we reviewed unknown words they listed as they read the myth.or HOMEWORK the students need to reread the myth and mark places with a G where King Midas is demonstrating the trait of greed.

Green: Independently, the children read the myth, The Golden Touch, and listed unknown words.  In group we reviewed the concept of character traits and then played a quick game of charades in which students chose a trait and acted it out.  Then we reviewed unknown words they listed as they read the myth.or HOMEWORK the students need to reread the myth and mark places with a G where King Midas is demonstrating the trait of greed.