## Thursday, February 23, 2017

### Thrilling Thursday

This morning, the students worked to solve our weekly puzzles and then identified the meaning of their new WTW words.  After the announcements we began our science lesson.

Today we defined matter as anything that takes up space and is measurable.  Then we identified the three states of matter as solid, liquid, and gas.  After that, the students carried out investigations to discover a location, in our portable or right outside, that will turn a solid (ice cube) into a liquid the quickest.  Then they discussed how the ice melted and why it is important for solid water on Earth to melt.

Next we switched for math and took a Go Noodle brain break.    Then we did a warm up, changing mixed numbers to improper fractions, and reviewed last night's homework.  After that, we began our rotations.

During the small group instruction we used models and decomposing to subtract mixed numbers.  During math with a partner, the children played a clip and cover game practicing the addition and subtraction of fractions.  Finally, during the technology rotation, the students watched 2 Khan Academy lessons and then completed the follow up practice activities.  Any students who finished early worked on their basic fact fluency using Xtra Math.

The students need to finish the worksheet we began in class for HOMEWORK this evening.

After math, the children enjoyed lunch and outdoor recess.

When they returned to class we began our literacy block with reading.  The children listened to chapters 7-11, stopping at the end of each chapter to discuss the events.  Then they reread chapter 11 and took notes on a graphic organizer.  After that, they used their notes to write a summary.  Next, they watched a Brain Pop video about roots, suffixes, and prefixes.  Those who finished both tasks, had time to work on their WTW definitions and sentences.

After reading we took a Go Noodle brain break and then began our writing lesson.  Today we used the persuasive essays we have read so far to identify how an author states each reason in a new paragraph and then uses facts and details to explain it.  Then the children had time to revise their writing to create new paragraphs for their reasons and identify facts and details to support their thinking.  We ended the day with children sharing their favorite persuasive writing from their essay.

As always, HOMEWORK is posted on GC-Holman's Homework.