September 4, 2015
This week we began to slowly roll out our regular routine for literacy times. Although we did not accomplish all that I had hoped (new learning curve on devices), students have gotten used to our schedule.
- Completed a Reading Inventory (I want to know your child as a reader).
- Discussed expectations of behavior as I work with students during guided reading (ask them about the Dr.'s office analogy I made).
- Introduced the terms antagonist, protagonist, antithesis and direct characterization.
- Worked on close reading (honing in on key details through multiple readings).
- Yes, I did say they could read 10 songs from one artist as their poetry requirement on the reading logs.
- Practiced our typing skills on our new ChromeBook.
Spelling for our Weekly Test on Friday
- Reviewed Main Idea and Detail from and Abraham Lincoln Biography
- Modeled writing with a topic sentence
- Brainstormed question words
- Interviewed one another to prepare for our rough draft of our Buddy Bio
- Enjoyed finding math naturally in the world around us.
- Familiarized ourselves with our Student Reference Books.
- Introduced arrays for multiplication, prime numbers (flipped learning- you'll learn more about this at curriculum night), factors, factor pairs and their products.
Enjoyed a fun time with two problem based science activities: Saving Sam and the Spaghetti-Marshmallow challenge. The emphasis was problem solving and working cooperatively.