We officially kicked off the math curriculum since yesterday was devoted to the pretest. The lesson was about how a digit's position affect's its value and what happens to a whole number when it is multiplied or divided by a power of ten. I was using Nearpod which is very interactive and the students are getting used to it more and more.
The lesson was cut short by the fire drill and when we returned, we discovered that the internet was down. Connectivity was restored during social studies.
In social studies, students finished up their graphic organizers then read. We will be going over the refugee journey map tomorrow.
In literacy, we reviewed close reading strategies and then I read aloud a classic short story, "Thank You, Ma'am" by Langston Hughes. I also went over theme, which is way more than the main idea. The main idea of a text is what it is mostly about. Theme is the underlying message, or "big idea" that the author wants to share. In this story, the theme is of kindness, forgiveness, trust, dignity, and choice. Any of those words can be used. Theme is usually also very short.