Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Terrific Tuesday

This morning, the children had one last chance to completed any unfinished work assignments from the past two weeks.  Then they practiced their keyboarding skills using Typing Club.  After the announcements we voted to have a Kahoot afternoon, later this week, as a whole class Dojo reward.

Next, we began our writing lesson.  We reviewed what we learned about persuasive essays last week and then read, and discussed, a new persuasive essay about bike helmets.  After identifying the author's opinion, intended audience, and reasons, we added more possible opinions to our class topic list.  Then the students chose a new opinion to write about for 15, uninterrupted, minutes.  Finally, the students shared with their partner, the opinion and reasons they wrote about, and their intended audience.

After that, we switched for math and took a Go Noodle brain break.  Next we did a warm up involving fractions and Skittles.  Then we began our rotations.

During the small group instruction we added fractions with like denominators.  During math with a partner, the students played Multiplication War to improve basic fact fluency.  Finally, during the technology rotation, the students watched a Learn Zillion lesson about adding and subtracting denominators with like denominators.  Then they practiced that skill using the site, Adding Fractions.

There is a worksheet for HOMEWORK.

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.  Today we began the fantasy novel, written by Grace Lin, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.  First, though we discussed using a character's physical traits, dialogue, actions, and inner thoughts to help us make inferences and comprehend a story.  Then we watched a book trailer and an interview with the author to help use gain background knowledge before reading.

Next we read the first 5 chapters out loud and then  practiced making inferences based upon the main character's physical description, actions, dialogue, and thoughts, what the text said, and questions we were wondering.

This took the rest of the afternoon.  :-)

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