This morning, right after announcements, my class went to the gym for their fall pictures. I signed up for the earliest time slot in order to get it out of the way and avoid having to do it after recess. This way, they were very presentable vs. trying to cool down from being outside getting exercise.
Today was also the first day of team teaching with Mr. McDonald in literacy before his pull-out group. Of course, it was shortened due to having pictures taken but tomorrow it will be in full swing.
This week's focus in literacy is on a very important reading comprehension skill (actually, they all are) that will serve them well across disciplines: context clues. Context clues means that readers can discern the meaning of an unknown word by looking at how it is used in the text; or, looking at the words around it.
Example: "In the past month, we had almost every type of precipitation, including rain, snow, sleet, and hail." If the reader was unfamiliar with the definition of precipitation, all s/he needs to do is look at the words following it: rain, snow, sleet, hail. The reader can then conclude that precipitation means in the atmosphere falling to the ground.
We also continued with the writing unit on personal narratives. The students are enjoying it and are doing a great job following the instructions. I am looking forward to reading their stories once completed.
In math, we did a combination of review and "new" material. The review was place value and the "new" was an extension of place value: rounding. Though they were familiar with the rules, it always is a good idea to review it. What I did was extend their knowledge of rounding to 9 digit numbers. Big numbers? Intimidating? Yes, BUT - math is the science of PATTERNS. Once a rule is known, all one has to do is extend it. Rounding a much bigger number to a larger place follows the exact same rule as rounding a smaller number to a smaller place.
Here is the prewarm-up that I had my class do first thing in the morning.
Here is a screen capture of the answers:
Here is the warm-up I had them do.
Here is the answer key with the typo in #1 corrected:
I then gave the class a more challenging activity based on problem solving and place value:
Afterwards, I reviewed the various concepts associated with place value (value of a given number, etc.)
Here is a downloadable copy of the review for tomorrow's quiz.
Science involved an activity in which students made makeshift compasses to show that magnets and magnetized objects will line up with the Earth's magnetic field. Of course, in my class there are a lot of magnets so that made things a little tricky.
What they did was fill a clear plastic cup roughly half full of water and dropped a twist-off cap from a water bottle, open side up. While the cap was floating, they took a sewing needle and vigorously rubbed it back and forth against a magnet for a minute or two to magnetize the needle. The last step was to carefully lay the needle across the cap. As the needle lines up with the Earth's magnetic field, the floating cap moves along with it.