## Thursday, February 9, 2017

### Thrilling Thursday

It's puzzle Thursday, so before the announcements the students checked out today's puzzles and attempted to figure them out.  Then they watched a video about the Lost Colony of Roanoke.  Afterwards, we continued with social studies.

First we rewatched the video (it was only 5 minutes) and discussed important facts.  After that, I reviewed how to use text features to help gain information from non-fiction text.  Then the children had time to read about the attempted settlement of Roanoke and complete the chart that was introduced yesterday.  Finally, we shared the information that we added to our charts.

Next, we switched for math and took a Go Noodle brain break.  After that, we completed an Agree or Disagree math warm up focusing on using denominators to compare fractions.  Then, we reviewed last night's homework and began our rotations.

During the small group lesson we practiced estimating the placement of 3 fractions, less than one, on a number line.  Then we compared the fractions using <, >, or =.  Finally, we ordered the fractions from least to greatest.

During math with a partner, the children practiced comparing fractions as they played Fraction War.

Finally, during the technology rotation, the children watched 2 Khan Academy lessons about comparing fractions and then completed a follow up activity.  Those who finished early worked on their basic fact fluency using Xtra Math.

For HOMEWORK there is a worksheet that children received in class.  We will have a formative tomorrow on estimating the placement of fractions on a number line, comparing fractions, and ordering fractions.

After math, the students enjoyed lunch and indoor recess.

The afternoon focused on our literacy block.  First we reviewed how a character's traits can impact the sequence of events in a myth.  Then, as a class, we read and discussed the play, "The Apple of Discord", about how the Trojan War began.

Then, the children returned to their seats to work independently.  First, they reread the play and identified the actions and/or words of characters as having contributed, or not, to the start of the war.  After that, some students had to complete their character trait web from yesterday.  Next, the students continued writing their paragraph informing about the extreme weather they researched.

Unfortunately, this was all cut short when we were reminded of a lesson in the media center.  :-0  Mrs. Allaire did an introductory lesson for our next inquiry project where the students will work to answer the driving question,  "How can the media responsibly advertise products and services to children?"  DUring the lesson the students created a criteria list for responsible ads.  Then they worked collaboratively to sort ads, using the criteria, into groups of less responsible and more responsible.

When we returned to class, it was time to pack up!!