Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thrilling Thursday

This morning the students worked on solving our weekly puzzles and then complete a WTW practice activity.  After the announcements, we continued the science experiment we began yesterday.  The students used 25 toothpicks and 10 gumdrops to prove that when matter changes form, there is no loss of mass.

Next, we switched for math and took a Go Noodle brain break.  After that,  we completed a warm up focusing on word problems involving intervals of time, and calculated the perimeter of the fence from last night's homework.  Then, we began our rotations.

During the small group instruction the students solved problems involving the measurement of mass.  During math with a partner the students chose between playing Equivalent Fractions Race, Fraction Capture Game, or Multiplication War.  Finally, during the technology rotation, the students watched a Khan Academy lesson about equivalent fractions and completed the follow up practice activity.  Then, they played Equivalent Fractions Splat.

For HOMEWORK the students should complete problems B and C on the worksheet we began in class.

After math, the children enjoyed lunch and outdoor recess.

When we returned to class we began our literacy block with a reading lesson.  We used a semantic map to identify important vocabulary in an article about hurricanes.  Then, as we read the text, we took notes using the words to guide us.

Pink and Blue:  I met with these two groups together.  We reread the 2nd and 3rd paragraphs of the secondhand account, "Swallowed by the Sea".  Then we used topic sentences to determine main ideas.  Finally, we used stop-think-paraphrase and somebody-wanted-but-so-then to orally summarize the text. For HOMEWORK the students need to reread the second and third paragraphs.

Orange: We reread the 2nd and 3rd paragraphs of the secondhand account, "Swallowed by the Sea".  Then we used topic sentences to determine main ideas.  Finally, we used stop-think-paraphrase and somebody-wanted-but-so-then to orally summarize the text. For HOMEWORK the students need to reread the second and third paragraphs.

Green: We reread the 2nd and 3rd paragraphs of the secondhand account, "Swallowed by the Sea".  Then we used topic sentences to determine main ideas.  Finally, we used stop-think-paraphrase and somebody-wanted-but-so-then to orally summarize the text. For HOMEWORK the students need to reread the second and third paragraphs.

After reading we took a Go Noodle brain break and then turned our attention to writing. First we reviewed what we did yesterday. Then I explained the criteria for their third reason paragraph and made notes on the organizer for the children to use. After that, the students wrote their final reason paragraph. Then they returned to the carpet and a few students had the chance to share. Finally, we drafted our conclusion paragraphs by restating our opinion and reasons, and ending with a feeling.