Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Terrific Tuesday - The Beginning of the 4th Quarter!

This morning, the students had a chance to practice their keyboarding skills using Typing Club.  Then, we reviewed the new TASS (thinking and academic success skills) skills; intellectual risk taking, and being a flexible thinker.  After that, we had a quick class meeting to share what we did over Spring Break and set some goals for our last marking period in fourth grade.

Next, I explained that we will be studying the government of Maryland, but before doing that, we needed to activate any prior knowledge.  So, the children completed a 3-2-1 Bridge identifying 3 thoughts they have, 2 questions they are wondering, and 1 metaphor or simile.  Finally, several students shared their ideas and questions.

After that, we switched for math and took a Go Noodle brain break.  Then we completed an error analysis warm up and began our rotations.

During the small group, teacher led, instruction we used decimal notation to represent fractions of a meter on a number line diagram.  During math with a partner, the students matched the word form and the numeric representation of decimals.  Finally, during the technology rotation, the students watched 2 Khan Academy lessons about labeling tenths on a number line and then completed a follow up practice activity.  If they had extra time, they continued identifying decimals on a number line, using 2 more web sites.

For HOMEWORK the students need to complete the half sheet converting the word representation of decimal notation into the numeric representation.

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.  During this time the children had a chance to complete their new WTW word sort and begin reading their new stories.  We will be studying the format of poetry, prose, and plays.  Today, all reading groups received a Safari Magazine, on their guided reading level.  They were to read the prose (story) on pages 12-19 and list unknown words, and page numbers, on a sticky note.

Finally, we learned that an ode is a poem, usually involving 3-5 stanzas of 10 lines each, about a specific topic for which the poet is extremely passionate...either positive or negative.  After reading a few examples, the students began brainstorming a list of possible topics for their own ode.

HOMEWORK is posted on GC - Holman's Homework.

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