tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-72202447916088543482017-08-17T07:02:59.407-04:00Mrs. Holman's Third GradeDana Holmanhttps://plus.google.com/104654331881918129136noreply@blogger.comBlogger1744125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7220244791608854348.post-15365539769621629112017-06-15T14:41:00.000-04:002017-06-15T14:41:36.446-04:00Thrilling Thursday - Last FULL DayThis morning the children tried to solve the last installment of our weekly puzzles. Then, after the announcements, we played the social studies Kahoots, created by students in our class, about the Southern Region.<br /><br />Next, we switched for math and took a Go Noodle brain break. Then we worked on a Challenge 24 that NONE of us could solve...even after 30 ,minutes. Finally, we enjoyed some Tootsie Roll lollipops and played Kahoot or Prodigy.<br /><br />After math, the students enjoyed lunch and outdoor recess.<br /><br />When they returned to class, we switched some students with Mrs. Bigelow's class and then continued sharing our Genius Hour presentations.<br /><br />When we switched back to homerooms, the class voted to continue sharing their presentations...so, that's what we did!Dana Holmanhttps://plus.google.com/115122871119604478905noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7220244791608854348.post-21238460714559767402017-06-14T14:52:00.002-04:002017-06-14T14:52:20.099-04:00Wonderful Wednesday -Fly Up DayThe students spent the first part of the morning working on their ABC's of Fourth Grade presentations. Then we went over to the fifth grade classes to learn about next year and ask questions. After that, the children continued putting the final touches on their presentations.<br /><br />Next, the students enjoyed lunch and recess.<br /><br />When they returned to class, the third grade students came to visit us to learn about fourth grade. The current fourth graders shared their ABC's of Fourth Grade presentations with them.<br /><br />After the third graders left, we had art with Mr. Cosgrove, and the students made slime!!<br /><br />Finally, the students received their yearbooks (if they ordered one) and they spent what little time was left completing their Genius Hour presentation, looking through the yearbook, or visiting a web site we have used in class this year.Dana Holmanhttps://plus.google.com/115122871119604478905noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7220244791608854348.post-61316807432427596082017-06-13T14:41:00.001-04:002017-06-13T14:41:43.629-04:00Terrific TuesdayThis morning, the children created place mats and decorations for the Volunteer Breakfast tomorrow morning. Then they used both print and non-print resources to complete either a flip book or a Kahoot to represent the Southern Region of the original 13 colonies.<br /><br />Next, we switched for math and took a Go Noodle brain break. Then we worked on a brain teaser warm up. After that, the children took their final math formative covering angle measurement, triangles, and multi-step word problems. These have been graded and returned to students. Please look for them in your child's home folder this evening.<br /><br />After math, the students enjoyed lunch and recess. Then they went to PE with Mrs. Smith.<br /><br />When the students returned to class, we began presenting the Genius Hour projects. Some of the students went to Mrs. Bigelow's class and some of her class came to ours. Then, students got to share their presentations. As each student shared their final project, the audience wrote one thing they learned and one compliment, on a sticky note, to give to the presenter.<br /><br />After that, the children worked on their ABC's of Fourth Grade. These are the Google Slides presentations they will be sharing with the third graders, tomorrow afternoon, during Fly Up Day.<br /><br />We ended the day with an earthquake DRILL to practice Drop, Cover, Hold On.<br /><br />And...no more HOMEWORK this year!!Dana Holmanhttps://plus.google.com/115122871119604478905noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7220244791608854348.post-10640271780192102762017-06-12T14:30:00.000-04:002017-06-12T14:30:58.745-04:00Marvelous MondayIt is so hard to believe that the last week of school is hear. It is definitely bittersweet.<br /><br />This morning, the students worked on their Genius Hour presentations or the ABC's of Fourth Grade presentations for Fly Up Day. Then, after the announcements, we began our social studies lesson.<br /><br />Today, we focused on the Southern Region of the original 13 colonies. The children were given a bunch of online and print resources to use. Then they chose whether to create a Kahoot or complete a flip book focusing on the states, the main settlements, and the economy of the region.<br /><br />Next, we switched for math and took a Go Noodle brain break. After that, we did a Challenge 24 warm up. Then, we began our rotations.<br /><br />During the small group rotation, we practiced using a protractor to draw and measure the angles in an obtuse and a right triangle. During math with a partner, the students wrote equations, using a variable to represent the unknown, and solved for it, to determine the correct answers for multi-step word problems. Those who finished early played Multiplication War to work on basic fact fluency. Finally, during the technology rotation, the students watched two Learn Zillion lessons and then practiced solving word problems using Thinking Blocks.<br /><br />We will have our last formative tomorrow. It will cover drawing and measuring the angles in a triangle, and multi-step word problems.<br /><br />HOMEWORK is posted on GC - Holman's Homework.<br /><br />After math, the students enjoyed lunch and indoor recess.<br /><br />When we returned to class, we began our literacy block. The students worked on their Genius Hour presentations and the ABC's of Fourth Grade, to share with third graders on Fly Up Day. I worked with students who needed help with their Genius Hour Presentation. We did take a break around 2:00 to play a fun Kahoot about movies and TV shows.<br /><br />PLEASE make sure your child reads for at least 20 minutes tonight.Dana Holmanhttps://plus.google.com/115122871119604478905noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7220244791608854348.post-45741071859863209482017-06-09T14:47:00.002-04:002017-06-09T14:47:44.206-04:00Fabulous FridayThis morning the children got to choose which skill they worked on for morning work since it is Free Choice Friday. Then they went to music with Ms. Thomson. When they returned to class we watched the morning announcements and reviewed the answers to this week's puzzles.<br /><br />Next, we went to math and did a Go Noodle brain break. After that, we did two Challenge 24 problems for our math warm up. Then, we began our rotations.<br /><br />During the small group lesson, we began where we left off yesterday, by using a protractor to draw triangles and measure their angles. During math with a parnter, the students completed some multi-step word problems. IF they finished early, they played Multiplication War to practice their basic fact fluency. FInally, during the technology rotation, the students finished viewing the Khan Academy lessons from yesterday and competing the practice activities. ANy students who finished early used XTra Math to practice their basic fact fluency.<br /><br />After math., the students enjoyed lunch and outdoor recess.<br /><br />When they returned to class, we began our literacy block. The entire afternoon focused on the Genius Hour project. A few students finished their dictionaries and informational paragraphs. The majority worked on their presentations. Some even published them and shared the links in GC - Genius Hour.<br /><br />Those who have completed their Genius Hour projects began working on a Google Slides presentation, called the AMC's of Fourth grade, to share with third graders on Fly Up Day, next Wednesday.Dana Holmanhttps://plus.google.com/115122871119604478905noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7220244791608854348.post-53243119579442466832017-06-08T14:28:00.000-04:002017-06-08T14:28:00.619-04:00Thrilling ThursdaySince it is Thursday, that means the students worked to figure out our weekly puzzles this morning. Then, after the announcements, the continued using non-fiction text, and Internet links to complete the flip book about the Middle Region of the original 13 colonies.<div><br /></div><div>As the children worked, I continued meeting with students to complete the monthly informal reading assessments for May.</div><div><br /></div><div>Next, we switched for math and took a Go Noodle brain break. After that, we did a Challenge 24 warm up. Then we began our rotations.</div><div><br /></div><div>During the small group lesson, we practiced drawing triangles using specific properties and then measuring the angles using a protractor. During math with a partner the children worked on basic facts fluency by playing Multiplication War. Finally, during the technology rotation, the students watched 3 Khan Academy lessons about classifying triangles according th=o their angles. Then, if they had time, they completed 2 follow up activities.</div><div><br /></div><div>For HOMEWORK the students need to use the link on GC - Holman's Homework to practice identifying and classifying triangles.</div><div><br /></div><div>After math, the students enjoyed lunch and outdoor recess.</div><div><br /></div><div>When we returned to class we turned our attention to our Genius Hour projects. First, we reviewed the organization of my model informational paragraphs. Then, the students pulled up their paragraphs, on their Chrome Books, and using my model paragraphs, we reviewed the criteria for the various sentences. As we did this, the children had the opportunity to read sentences out loud, as I provided feedback. Next, the students met with their writing partners and worked together to revise and edit their paragraphs.</div><div><br /></div><div>Once they were done the continued working on their Genius Hour presentations. </div><div><br /></div><div>During this time I completed my informal reading assessments for May...which then concluded all reading testing for this year!!!</div><div><br /></div><div>HOMEWORK is posted on GC - Holman's Homework.</div>Dana Holmanhttps://plus.google.com/115122871119604478905noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7220244791608854348.post-54135022046575128802017-06-07T10:51:00.002-04:002017-06-07T10:51:55.557-04:00Wonderful WednesdayThis morning the students worked on their Writing Wednesday stories. Then, after the announcements, we began our social studies lesson. First, we reviewed the main reasons for creating new colonies in the New England region, as well as, their primary sources to support the economy. Then, the student worked independently to identify the states, settlements, and economic sources for the Middle region.<br /><br />Next, we switched for math and took a Go Noodle brain break. Then, we completed 3 statements about triangles identifying properties that are ALWAYS, SOMETIMES, and NEVER true, to warm up our math brains. After that, we began our rotations.<br /><br />During the small group instruction we practiced sorting triangles based on side lengths and angle measurements. During math with a partner, the children practiced drawing right angles, measuring the second and third angles for each, and writing an equation showing that all three angles equal 180 degrees. Finally, during the technology rotation, the students used a virtual Geoboard to create the 6 different types of triangles. Then they took a screenshot of each, and imported it, and a definition, into a Google Slides presentation.<br /><br />For HOMEWORK the students need to use the link provided on GC - Holman's Homework, to practice classifying triangles.<br /><br />After math, the students enjoyed lunch and recess. <br /><br />They spent the afternoon working with a substitute, Mrs. Tanzi. I had to attend an event at my son's school.<br /><br />First, they used the RACER organization method to write two informational paragraphs answering their Genius Hour question with the research the found. Then, they worked on their presentations.<br /><br />Reading HOMEWORK is posted on GC - Holman's Homework.Dana Holmanhttps://plus.google.com/115122871119604478905noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7220244791608854348.post-34829301018247797912017-06-06T14:00:00.002-04:002017-06-06T14:00:31.260-04:00Terrific TuesdayToday we switched lunch and recess with the third graders so that they could enjoy WIMS day. Therefore, we had a shortened math block in order to be ready for recess at 10:20.<br /><br />We were a bit short handed in math, so we began with a whole group lesson. Today we practiced identifying and representing triangles using properties of angle measurements and side lengths. After naming and defining 6 different types of triangles, we practiced using the properties to identify different triangles. Then, the students watched a Khan Academy lesson about classifying triangles by angles and reviewed the definitions using another web site. Finally, the students played an online game to practice classifying triangles.<br /><br /> For HOMEWORK the children should visit <a href="http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/geometry/shapeshoot/triangles_shoot.htm">this site</a> to practice classifying triangles based on side lengths and angle measurements.<br /><br />After math, the children enjoyed lunch and indoor recess (due to WIMS Day).<br /><br />When we returned to class we began our literacy block. First we discussed the many tasks that need to be completed between now and the end of the school year. We also chatted about the need to be responsible and to stay on task. This has been a struggle recently.<br /><br />Today's focus, for the students, was to complete the Genius Hour research and their dictionary/glossary for domain specific words.<br /><br />While the students worked, I began my May informal reading assessments...yes, I am a bit late in doing so. <br /><br />The day ended with extra recess for the children to celebrate the end of PARCC and make up for the specials they are missing this week due to WIMS Day.Dana Holmanhttps://plus.google.com/115122871119604478905noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7220244791608854348.post-14088502035350942442017-06-05T14:39:00.001-04:002017-06-05T14:39:20.357-04:00Marvelous Monday - WIMS DayThe students had a fabulous time rotations between 11 stations during WIMS Day today. The rain held off and we were able to participate on all of the fun. After the WIMS Day activities, we had time to enjoy a quick game of Kahoot. <br /><br />Then the children enjoyed lunch and indoor recess.<br /><br />After recess we enjoyed a WIMS Day Popsicle party.<br /><br />When we returned to class some of the children elected to work on their Genius Hour project, while the rest of the class played a Dreamworks version of Kahoot.<br /><br />NO HOMEWORK tonight and back to academics tomorrow! :-)Dana Holmanhttps://plus.google.com/115122871119604478905noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7220244791608854348.post-72480109100372165002017-06-02T10:11:00.001-04:002017-06-02T10:11:09.813-04:00Fabulous FridayI had to leave early today for a dental appointment. Therefore, this will be a brief post.<br /><br />Due to 3rd grade PARCC testing, we had to switch lunch and recess with third grade. So, we began our day with math and then went to recess and lunch.<br /><br />We began math with a warm up involving additive angles. Then, the children took a formative covering additive angles. Afterwards, we played a geometry Kahoot.<br /><br />After math, the students enjoyed outdoor recess and then lunch.<br /><br />Mrs. Carlson, my sub for the afternoon, picked the class up from lunch.<br /><br />They spent the afternoon working on their Genius Hour projects, and reading, discussing, and answering comprehension questions about the New England colonies.<br /><br />The class also went to music in the afternoon.<br /><br />Don't forget WIMS day is Monday!<br /><br />Have a great weekend!!Dana Holmanhttps://plus.google.com/115122871119604478905noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7220244791608854348.post-27334351740587007062017-06-01T14:06:00.000-04:002017-06-01T14:06:00.133-04:00Thrilling Thursday - Anything but Routine! :-)With 2 spring concerts and switching lunch and recess with third grade, today was anything but routine! However, we took advantage of this and used it to redo assignments that didn't meet the criteria and catch up on unfinished work and our Genius Hour project.<br /><br />So...here's the rundown...<br /><br />This morning, some students checked in and went directly to the morning concert. Those who stayed behind worked on solving this week's Thursday puzzles. After that, I reviewed missing assignments with the students and gave them time to redo or complete them. As students returned from the morning concert, those who were caught up with their work began working on their Genius Hour research.<br /><br />Then we went to recess and lunch early. We switched with third grade to accommodate their PARCC testing schedule.<br /><br />When we returned to class, we focused on our Genius Hour projects. First, I modeled developing a genius hour question, identifying sub questions, using search engines to locate facts to answer the questions, citing my sources, and beginning to create a web site to present my information. This took a while but the students seemed to think it was helpful.<br /><br />After that, the children worked on their research and some began web sites, as I helped students one-on-one.<br /><br />At 2:00 we packed up and then went to the afternoon spring concert.Dana Holmanhttps://plus.google.com/115122871119604478905noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7220244791608854348.post-29494707020218335942017-05-31T15:09:00.000-04:002017-05-31T15:09:28.029-04:00Wonderful WednesdayThis morning, since it is Writing Wednesday, the children worked on their stories. We switched for math early, in order to complete the MAP-M testing in math classes. Therefore, the children spent most of their morning in their math class.<br /><br />As a reminder, the MAP-M is the computerized, self-adjusting math test that the children take three times each year. The data helps us plan, instruct, and assess growth.<br /><br />The MAP-M testing took all morning, and some students still need more time to complete it.<br /><br />After math, the children enjoyed lunch and outdoor recess.<br /><br />When they returned to class, some students worked on the MAP-R testing that we began yesterday. The rest of the children worked on the New England colonies flip book that we started in social studies yesterday.<br /><br />Next, the students had art with Mr. Cosgrove.<br /><br />After art, we worked on our Genius Hour research questions. Students spent time using various search engines to read about their topic and identify facts to answer their questions. I worked one-on-one with several students to help them with their research.<br /><br />NO HOMEWORK tonight and tomorrow night.Dana Holmanhttps://plus.google.com/115122871119604478905noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7220244791608854348.post-49753985730262241522017-05-30T15:21:00.001-04:002017-05-30T15:21:13.979-04:00Terrific TuesdayThis morning, the students worked on their keyboarding fluency using Typing Club. After the announcement, we began our social studies lesson.<br /><br />Today, the students used various resources, available via Google Classroom, to identify the colonies, who, when , and why they were founded, and the products and occupations that supported the economy in the New England region. The children recorded this information in a flip book.<br /><br />Next, we switched for math and took a Go Noodle brain break. After that, we completed a warm up involving the construction of additive angles. Then, we began our rotations.<br /><br />During the small group instruction we classified 2-dimensional figures by describing their angles (acute, obtuse, right) or their lines (parallel or perpendicular). During math with a partner, the students engaged in math discourse as they used additive angles to meet criteria given on a chart. Those who finished early worked on their basic facts by playing Multiplication War. Finally, during the technology rotation, the children worked on identifying different types of angles and then estimated the measurement of angles using provided links to various web sites.<br /><br />For HOMEWORK the students need to watch a Learn Zillion lesson about classifying angles based on their sides and angles. Then they will use a link called shape guess to practice the skill.<br /><br />After math, the children enjoyed lunch and outdoor recess. Then they went to PE with Mr. Smith.<br /><br />When we returned to class, the students began taking the spring session of the MAP-R. This is the computerized reading assessment that self-adjusts according to the child's responses. We had some technical issues, but many students were able to finish. Those who didn't will do so later in the week.<br /><br />MATH HOMEWORK is posted on GC - Holman's Homework. Reading homework is to read for 15 minutes - free choice.<br /><br />Dana Holmanhttps://plus.google.com/115122871119604478905noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7220244791608854348.post-78699615949422502282017-05-26T14:42:00.001-04:002017-05-26T14:42:52.731-04:00Fabulous FridayThis morning, since it was Free Choice Friday, the children got to choose which skills they practiced during morning work. Then, they went to music with Ms. Thomson. When they returned to class, we watched the morning announcements and went over the answers for our weekly puzzles.<br /><br />Next, we switched for math and took a Go Noodle brain break. Then, we did a warm up that reviewed the types of lines. After that, I went over the formative and the children took it. These have been graded and returned. Towards the end of math we reviewed today's quiz and then we practiced identifying angle measures as additive to meet given criteria.<br /><br />After math, the students enjoyed lunch and outdoor recess.<br /><br />When we returned to class, we began our literacy block. I took time to review the expectations for two past due assignments, that the class, in general, did not complete in way that demonstrated proficiency. After re-explaining both tasks, and identifying how each would be graded, the children returned to their seats and worked on improving both. <br /><br />The first task was to take technical text, a recipe for Rice Krispie Treats, and present it in a way that was easy to read and follow using 7 different text features. The second assignment was to choose a current event article and write a summary for it. Once the students completed both activities, they were expected to continue researching their Genius Hour questions.<br /><br />Pink/Blue: First I collected their Safari magazines. Then we discussed our background knowledge regarding the original 13 colonies. After that, I passed out a text about the New England colonies. Finally, we read and defined some of the domain specific vocabulary in the article. I collected the article until our next guided reading group.<br /><br />Orange: First I collected their Safari magazines. Then we discussed our background knowledge regarding the original 13 colonies. After that, I passed out a text about the New England colonies. Finally, we read and defined some of the domain specific vocabulary in the article. I collected the article until our next guided reading group.<br /><br />Green: First I collected their Safari magazines. Then we discussed our background knowledge regarding the original 13 colonies. After that, I passed out a text about the New England colonies. Finally, we read and defined some of the domain specific vocabulary in the article. I collected the article until our next guided reading group.<br /><br />At 2:20 the STRINGS students went to their instrumental music practice with Mr. Gillenwater.Dana Holmanhttps://plus.google.com/115122871119604478905noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7220244791608854348.post-82470391100795334002017-05-25T14:44:00.003-04:002017-05-25T14:44:32.284-04:00Thrilling Thursday - Last Day of PARCC!!Today was our final day of PARCC testing. Yippee!!<br /><br />Prior to the morning announcements, the students worked on solving our weekly puzzles. After, we reviewed the text features used to help with comprehending technical text. Then, given a list of ingredients and the procedure, the students used the text features to create a recipe for Rice Krispie Treats.<br /><br />Next, we switched for math and took a Go Noodle brain break. After that, we did an "Eliminate It" warm up, involving angles. Then, we began our rotations.<br /><br />During the small group lesson, we reviewed how to use a protractor to measure angles, and then used a protractor to construct angles. During math with a partner, the students played Multiplication War to work on basic fact fluency. Finally, during the technology rotation, the students watched a Khan Academy lesson about using a protractor to construct angles. Then they completed a follow up practice activity. Those who had time left, used a protractor to construct angles in their math journals.<br /><br />There is NO HOMEWORK tonight but we WILL have a FORMATIVE tomorrow. The formative will cover parallel and perpendicular lines and angle measurement using a protractor.<br /><br />After math, the students enjoyed lunch and outdoor recess.<br /><br />When we returned to class, the students took the fourth, and final, unit of the math PARCC. They were very focused and put a lot of effort into the test. I am very pleased!!<br /><br />After testing, they had some much needed "chill time" to hang out and unwind. Then, we played a Kahoot game covering the novel Shiloh.<br /><br />Once again, the students have earned a night without homework!<br /><br />Remember, all STRINGS students should bring their instruments tomorrow!Dana Holmanhttps://plus.google.com/115122871119604478905noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7220244791608854348.post-14240657414836354182017-05-24T14:52:00.000-04:002017-05-24T14:52:29.094-04:00Wonderful WednesdayAhhhh...this morning we took the unit 3 math portion of the PARCC assessment. Once again, the children made me so very proud. I saw each student focused, using their strategies, and solving problems more than once, to check their work. We only have one more unit to take, and we will do so tomorrow afternoon.<br /><br />Once again, after testing, the students had a well earned break...they were exhausted.<br /><br />After going to lunch and outdoor recess, we returned to class to begin our literacy block. First, we used examples of technical text to arrive at a class definition. We determined that it was a type of non-fiction text that provides the reader with information to perform a task. After that, we examined more samples of technical text and identified which text features were present and which were missing. We discussed how the text features were helpful and how we could improve the text.<br /><br />Then, it was time for art with Mr. Cosgrove.<br /><br />After art, over half the class went to the Spring Concert practice with Mr. Gillenwater. Those left behind worked on researching their Genius Hour questions.<br /><br />NO HOMEWORK<br /><br />LAST day of PARCC testing is tomorrow beginning at 12:50. :-)Dana Holmanhttps://plus.google.com/115122871119604478905noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7220244791608854348.post-81624797625984152572017-05-23T15:10:00.002-04:002017-05-23T15:10:52.105-04:00Terrific Tuesday - Math PARCC Day 2This morning the students took the second unit of the Math PARCC. Once again, I was super proud of their focus and effort during the testing session.<br /><br />After the test, the students had some time to unwind. Then, we read and discussed some non-fiction text about the 3 regions of the original 13 colonies.<br /><br />Next, the students enjoyed lunch and outdoor recess. Then they went to PE with Mr. Smith.<br /><br />After PE, we returned to class and began our literacy block. First, as a group, we went over the steps we have already started and the expectations for each. Then, the students worked on identifying at least 4 sub-questions for their Genius Hour project and then use various search engines to research the answers to them.<br /><br />While the students worked, I met with a few students to improve their sub-questions for their Genius Hour project. Then, I met with guided reading groups.<br /><br />Pink/Blue: We discussed text structure as the way an author organizes the text. Then we determined that the article about Hot Air Ballooning was written in a question/answer explanation format. After that, we used the RACER strategy to orally answer what we learned about hot air balloons from the article.<br /><br />Orange: We discussed text structure as the way an author organizes the text. Then we determined that the article about Rescue Support Vehicles article was written in a compare/contrast format. After that, we used the RACER strategy to orally compare and contrast the Sea King Helicopter and the MSV.<br /><br />Green: We discussed text structure as the way an author organizes the text. Then we determined that the article the Earth's surface was written in a cause and effect format. After that, we used the RACER strategy to orally explain the effects of water on the Earth's surface.<br /><br />NO HOMEWORK!Dana Holmanhttps://plus.google.com/115122871119604478905noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7220244791608854348.post-21995125762181688712017-05-22T15:27:00.000-04:002017-05-22T15:27:04.520-04:00Math Monday - PARCCToday begins the PARCC math testing. We will be testing for the next four days, for about an hour each session. Today and Thursday, we will test in the afternoon, right after recess. Tuesday and Wednesday, we will test in the morning, beginning around 9:15.<br /><br />This morning, the children read quietly prior to the announcements. After, we reviewed some of the PARCC practice math test items, concentrating on using the tools available.<br /><br />Next, we switched for math and took a Go Noodle brain break. After that, we did a warm up involving multi-digit multiplication and divisions, and a word problem using angle measurement. Then, we did a whole group math lesson focusing on additive angles. Basically, given known angle measurements, we used addition (or subtraction) to figure out an unknown. Finally, as promised, we finished a PARCC practice Kahoot that we began on Friday.<br /><br />After math, the students enjoyed lunch and outdoor recess.<br /><br />When hey returned to class, we began the Unit 1 portion of the math PARCC assessment. The test itself took about an hour but the session took a bit longer. When the children were finished, they got to take a well deserved break.<br /><br />We ended the day by going over our Genius Hour Driving questions and identifying sub-questions that will need to be answered in order to complete an amazing project.<br /><br />NO HOMEWORK!Dana Holmanhttps://plus.google.com/115122871119604478905noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7220244791608854348.post-4699547939084375232017-05-19T10:33:00.000-04:002017-05-19T10:33:31.059-04:00Fabulous FridayThis morning the students chose which skills to practice during morning work, since it is Free Choice Friday. Then, they went to music with Ms. Thomson. When they returned to class, we watched the announcements and reviewed the answers to our weekly puzzle.<br /><br />Next, we switched for math and took a Go Noodle brain break. After that, we did part of a PARCC review Kahoot. Then, we began our regular rotations. There was no formative today.<br /><br />During the small group lesson, we practice measuring angles with a protractor. During math with a partner, we played Multiplication War, to work on basic fact fluency. Finally, during the technology portion, the students worked their way through 2 different Google Slides presentations to work on measuring angles with a protractor.<br /><br />After math, the children enjoyed lunch and outdoor recess.<br /><br />I had to leave early for a doctor appointment and a "mommy" obligation. So, a substitute picked the students up from recess. They spent the rest of the day working on literacy activities, including; completing the 2 Shiloh final activities, finishing and uploading the Genius Hour planning guide, and reading and summarizing a current event of their choice.<br /><br /><br />Dana Holmanhttps://plus.google.com/115122871119604478905noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7220244791608854348.post-52339919959287125222017-05-18T14:53:00.000-04:002017-05-18T14:53:08.023-04:00Thrilling Thursday - Interim ReportsThis morning, the students viewed our weekly puzzles and posted their guesses in GC-Class Meeting. Then, they worked on a WTW activity.<br /><br />After the announcements, we began our science lesson. After reviewing the physical characteristics that scientists use to identify minerals, we tested some more minerals, and shared and discussed our results.<br /><br />Next, we switched for math and took a Go Noodle brain break. Then, we completed a warm up, involving the multiplication and division algorithms, and went over last night's homework. Before beginning, our rotations, I did a quick whole group lesson introducing the use of protractors to measure angles.<br /><br />During the small group instruction, we practiced measuring angles with a protractor. During math with a partner, the students played two Toss and Talk games focusing on the various types of angles. FInally, during the technology rotation, the students watched 3 Khan Academy lessons about using protractors to measure angles and then completed a practice activity.<br /><br />HOMEWORK is posted on GC-Holman's Homework. <br /><br />After math, the students enjoyed lunch and outdoor recess.<br /><br />When we returned to class, we began our literacy block. First, I modeled completing a chart to identify, define, and explain the importance of domain specific words in text. Then we reviewed the expectations for the culminating activities for Shiloh, the WTW definitions and sentences, and the Genius Hour Planning Guide.<br /><br />While I met with guided reading groups, the children identified, defined, and explained 4 domain specific words from the non-fiction article in their Safari Magazine. Then, they worked on 2 culminating activities for Shiloh. After that, they finished their planning guides for their Genius Hour Project. Finally, they worked on their WTW definitions, sentences, and practice activities.<br /><br />Pink/Blue: We reviewed the domain specific vocabulary they identified, defined, and explained. Then, the students chose one word, from a list we created as a group, to define and use in their own sentence for a vocabulary grade. For HOMEWORK, the students need to reread the non-fiction article on pages 2-9, in their Safari Magazine.<br /><br />Orange: We reviewed the domain specific vocabulary they identified, defined, and explained. Then, the students chose one word, from a list we created as a group, to define and use in their own sentence for a vocabulary grade. For HOMEWORK, the students need to reread the non-fiction article on pages 2-9, in their Safari Magazine, and think about what 2 things are being compared and contrasted.<br /><br />Green: We reviewed the domain specific vocabulary they identified, defined, and explained. Then, the students chose one word, from a list we created as a group, to define and use in their own sentence for a vocabulary grade. For HOMEWORK, the students need to reread the non-fiction article on pages 2-9, in their Safari Magazine, and think about cause and effects relationships.<br /><br />Interims reports are being sent home today. These are yours to keep.<br /><br />Dana Holmanhttps://plus.google.com/115122871119604478905noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7220244791608854348.post-48014488940632509222017-05-17T14:44:00.002-04:002017-05-17T14:44:56.253-04:00Wonderful WednesdayThis morning the students worked on their WTW definitions and sentences or their writing Wednesday stories. After the announcements, we began our science lesson.<br /><br />First, we read non-fiction text to understand which properties scientists use to identify and describe minerals. After that, the students were given 7 different minerals to test and describe.<br /><br />Next, we switched for math and took a Go Noodle brain break. After that we completed a warm up which relied on our knowledge of factor pairs and multi-digit multiplication. Then, we reviewed last night's homework and watched a short music video that introduced the different types of angles.<br /><br />During the small group lesson we defined and identified right, acute, obtuse, and straight angles. Then we drew and labeled each, using grid paper. During math with a partner, the students played a Toss and Talk game using symmetry, and then, if they had extra time, they played Multiplication War. Finally, during the technology rotation, the students watched a Learn Zillion lesson, about classifying angles, and took notes in their math journals. Those who finished early used two web sites to practice classifying angles.<br /><br />For HOMEWORK the students need to draw at least one example of each of the four types of angles, using the grid paper we used in small group.<br /><br />After math, the students enjoyed lunch and outdoor recess.<br /><br />When the students returned to class, we began our literacy block with reading. First, the children chose one metaphor or simile from their chart and, on an index card, copied it from the text, identified the two things being compared, and then explained the meaning of it. After that, they worked on a culminating activity, from the chart in GC - Reading, for the novel, Shiloh. Those who finished early, chose between completing another final activity for Shiloh, or working on their planning guide for their Genius Hour project.<br /><br />After that, the students had art with Mr. Cosgrove.<br /><br />When art was over, half of the class went to band practice with Mr. Gillenwater. SO, the students left behind continued working on the independent work listed above.<br /><br />HOMEWORK is posted on GC - Holman's Homework.<br /><br />Dana Holmanhttps://plus.google.com/115122871119604478905noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7220244791608854348.post-70531851705775124412017-05-16T15:26:00.001-04:002017-05-16T15:26:26.750-04:00Terrific TuesdayThis morning, the students worked on their keyboarding skills using Typing Club. Then we began our science lesson.<br /><br />First, we reviewed the different types of rocks. Then we made model rocks. Finally, we played a Kahoot to learn more about rocks and minerals.<br /><br />Next, we switched for math and took a Go Noodle brain break. Next, we completed a warm up using parallel and perpendicular lines, and we reviewed last night's homework. Then, we began our rotations.<br /><br />During the small group lesson, we identified and drew lines of symmetry. During math with a partner, the students played Multiplication War to increase their basic fact fluency. Finally, during the technology rotation, the students watched a Learn Zillion lesson about identifying lines of symmetry, and took notes in their math journals. Those who finished early, played a game called Symmetry Shoot, to practice identifying lines of symmetry.<br /><br />For HOMEWORK, the students need to complete a Line of Symmetry worksheet, which was passed out in class, and is linked to GC - Holman's Homework.<br /><br />After math, the students enjoyed lunch and outdoor recess. Then they went to PE.<br /><br />When we returned to class we began our literacy block. First, I demonstrated how to complete the planning guide for our Genius Hour project. After that, the students worked independently on the following tasks, while I met with a couple of children about their Genius Hour projects, and met with guided reading groups.<br /><br />First, the children finished the smile and metaphor task from yesterday. Next, those who hadn't done so, finished the Genius Hour KWH chart and uploaded it to Trello. After that, they worked on a culminating activity for Shiloh, using the chart that is in GC - Reading.<br /><br />Pink/Blue: We shared the unknown words, and meanings, that they identified for homework. Then we practiced identifying and determining the meaning of a domain specific word, in group together. For HOMEWORK the children need to read pages 6 and 7 and identify, and define, 2 domain specific words.<br /><br />Orange: We shared the unknown words, and meanings, that they identified for homework. Then we practiced identifying and determining the meaning of a domain specific word, in group together. For HOMEWORK the children need to read pages 8 and 9 and identify, and define, 2 domain specific words.<br /><br />Green: We shared the unknown words, and meanings, that they identified for homework. Then we practiced identifying and determining the meaning of a domain specific word, in group together. For HOMEWORK the children need to read pages 8 and 9 and identify, and define, 2 domain specific words.<br /><br />HOMEWORK is posted on GC - Holman's Homework.Dana Holmanhttps://plus.google.com/115122871119604478905noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7220244791608854348.post-86901161989901398332017-05-15T15:09:00.001-04:002017-05-15T15:09:33.608-04:00Marvelous MondayThis morning, the children worked on a language review activity. After going over the correct answers, we moved on to social studies.<br /><br />During social studies, the students had one last day to work on the 3 branches of the Maryland state government activity. Those who finished early, worked on their WTW practice activities.<br /><br />Next we switched for math and took a Go Noodle brain break. Then we completed an error analysis warm up, involving factors, and watched a quick video introducing different types of lines. Then we began our rotations.<br /><br />During the small group lesson we defined, identified, and named lines, line segments, parallel lines, and perpendicular lines. During math with a partner, the students played Multiplication War. Finally, during the technology rotation, the students watched two Learn zillion lesson about points and lines.<br /><br />The students were given a worksheet to be completed for HOMEWORK.<br /><br />After math, the students enjoyed lunch and outdoor recess.<br /><br />When they returned to class, we began our literacy block. First, we reviewed similes and metaphors. Then, the students worked in small groups to identify one from the novel, Shiloh, and interpret it. After that, the groups shared with the class and we discussed their simile or metaphor.<br /><br />Next, I introduced a chart of 6 choices for culminating activities for Shiloh. I explained each and gave some very brief, oral descriptions.<br /><br />Then, while I met with small groups, the children identified and explained 4 similes or metaphors from Shiloh, on a chart in Google Classroom. After that, they chose 2 culminating activities, from the chart, and began working on them.<br /><br />Blue/Pink: We reviewed the various ways to find the meaning of unknown words in text. Then we read and discussed pages 2-4 in their Safari magazine and looked at how an author can embed a definition into the text. For HOMEWORK the children need to read pages 4 and 5, select 2 unknown words, and use dictionary.com (or another resource) to identify the CORRECT meaning of the word as used in the text.<br /><br />Orange: We reviewed the various ways to find the meaning of unknown words in text. Then we read and discussed pages 2-3 in their Safari magazine and looked at how we can use dictionary.com to find the correct meaning of an unknown word in text. For HOMEWORK the children need to read pages 4-7, select 2 unknown words, and use dictionary.com (or another resource) to identify the CORRECT meaning of the word as used in the text.<br /><br />Green: We reviewed the various ways to find the meaning of unknown words in text. Then the students read pages 2-4, identified an unknown word, and used a resource to determine the meaning as used in text. Finally, they shared the word, resource, and meaning with the group. For HOMEWORK the children need to read pages 5-7, select 2 unknown words, and use dictionary.com (or another resource) to identify the CORRECT meaning of the word as used in the text.<br /><br />After reading, we turned our attention to our Genius Hour Project. First, we reviewed the steps we've taken thus far. Then, the children had a chance to complete their KWH charts and meet with partners to share what they know, what they want to learn, and how they plan to do so.<br /><br />HOMEWORK is posted on Google Classroom - Holman's Homework.<br /><div><br /></div>Dana Holmanhttps://plus.google.com/115122871119604478905noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7220244791608854348.post-66878065660554798142017-05-12T15:31:00.000-04:002017-05-12T15:31:55.160-04:00Fabulous FridayThis morning, since it is Free Choice Friday, the students chose their own morning work. Then they went to music. Ms. Thomson was absent, so they had a substitute. When they returned to class we watched the morning announcements and reviewed the answers to this week's puzzles.<br /><br />Next, we switched for math and took a Go Noodle brain break. After that, we reviewed last night's homework. Then, the children took the formative for weeks 2 and 3. These have been scored and returned to the students. Look for them in home folders tonight.<br /><br />After the quiz, we reviewed the correct answers and did a Kahoot to review math skills in preparation for the math PARCC.<br /><br />Then, the children enjoyed lunch and outdoor recess.<br /><br />When they returned to class, we began our literacy block. First, I modeled writing a summary for chapter 14. After that, the children copied my response under the one they wrote yesterday, or last night for homework. Then, the children analyzed the two answers noticing what they did well and where they need to improve.<br /><br />Next, we read, and discussed, chapter 15, the final chapter in <u>Shiloh</u>. Then, the children got a sticky note and listed the 5 most important events in the story. After sharing out their thoughts, we orally rehearsed a summary of the book and possible themes. <br /><br />Finally, while some students went to instrumental band, the rest of us worked on finishing the K-W-H chart for our Genius Hour project, and spent time learning how to upload a screenshot to Trello.Dana Holmanhttps://plus.google.com/115122871119604478905noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7220244791608854348.post-91245480886901346212017-05-11T15:13:00.001-04:002017-05-11T15:13:10.917-04:00Thriving ThursdayThis morning the students worked on solving our weekly puzzles and then had time to complete a WTW practice activity. After the announcements, we began social studies.<br /><br />Today the students began working on a tree showing the three branches of the Maryland state government, with leaves identifying the roles and responsibilities of each. AS the students worked, I met with several to discuss and approve their Genius Hour question.<br /><br />Next, we switched for math and took a Go Noodle brain break. After that, we reviewed last night's homework and then did a PARCC Kahoot as a warm up. Then, we began our rotations.<br /><br />During the small group instruction, we practiced solving 2-digit by 2-digit multiplications problems and 4-digit by 1-digit division problems. During math with a partner, the children played a game called, "Salamander Big Division Game" to practice dividing multiples of ten mentally. Finally, during the technology rotation, the students used the site, Long Division - Kids Numbers, to practice using long division to solve 4-digit by 1-digit problems.<br /><br />For HOMEWORK the students need to solve the following problems on paper:<br /><br />56 x 24 =<br />34 x 27 =<br />5783 <span style="background-color: #fffff8; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;">÷ 6 = </span><br /><span style="background-color: #fffff8; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;">4367 </span><span style="background-color: #fffff8; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;">÷</span><span style="background-color: #fffff8; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;"> 4 =</span><br /><span style="background-color: #fffff8; color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span><span style="background-color: #fffff8; color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">After math, the children enjoyed lunch and indoor recess. The we began our literacy block.</span></span><br /><span style="background-color: #fffff8; color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span><span style="background-color: #fffff8; color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">First, I gave the students 10 minutes to complete their homework from last night. Then I modeled writing a good summary for chapter 11. After that, the students copied my summary, under their own, and noticed what they did well and what changes needed to be made.</span></span><br /><span style="background-color: #fffff8; color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span><span style="background-color: #fffff8; color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Next, we read and discussed chapters 12-14 of Shiloh.</span></span><br /><span style="background-color: #fffff8; color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span><span style="background-color: #fffff8; color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Then, the students began listening to chapter 14, again, and began writing a summary for it. They will finish this for HOMEWORK this evening. As they worked, I met with a few more students to tweak and approve their Genius Hour Question.</span></span><br /><span style="background-color: #fffff8; color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span><span style="background-color: #fffff8; color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">We ended the day working on Genius Hour. First, each child created a Trello account and joined our class page. After that, I modeled how to complete Step 2, a K-W-H chart. Then., while I approved the rest of the students' questions, they began working on the KWH chart, listing what they Know about their topic, what they Want to know about it, and How they will get the necessary information.</span></span><br /><span style="background-color: #fffff8; color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span><span style="background-color: #fffff8; color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">HOMEWORK is posted on GC - Holman's Homework.</span></span><br /><span style="background-color: #fffff8; color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span>Dana Holmanhttps://plus.google.com/115122871119604478905noreply@blogger.com0