The Dragon Problem - done
Summarize - students took notes and practiced writing a summary, we will continue working on this skill throughout this week
SRI - we are almost done
English Language Arts
Draft, Revise, and Edit our friendly letter - students are working away on their friendly letters that are due this Friday
unit 1 week 1 spelling city practice - I am postponing the test until next week as many students were just able to access their accounts.
Rounding review- students needed a little more support with rounding to redo some of the practice assignment
Place-Value Mid Chapter checkpoint - Students did a quick knowledge demonstration to show me what they have mastered and what we need to continue working on. Please note this is not graded
I appreciate the gift cards that came to school today. Please keep them coming. We will need to have all of the items together by next Thursday as I will be putting the basket together Thursday night to send to the auction Friday night.
Students are already showing great growth with rounding. I remain to see some road bumps when we need to round to a place within a number. For example, students have mastered rounding 456 to the nearest hundred as this is front end estimation; however, if students are asked to round 456 to the nearest ten, they struggle as they are not sure how to round the number. The most common errors I see with this are students wanting to forget about the hundreds and just round the tens or they want to simply round the number to the highest place being the hundreds. We will need to use the skill of rounding to within a number as we use this strategy to find accurate estimates when we add, subtract, multiply, and divide.
Students learned the structure of summarizing today so we can give a brief account of what we read. The 3 steps to a great summary are as follows:
1. Identify what you are reading
2. Verb it using tells, explains, describes, or was about
3. Finish it by telling the main character(s), setting, problem, and solution.
"The Crow and the Pitcher" describes how crow was able to get a drink of water from a pitcher in the desert by filling the pitcher with pebbles.
I have told students that a summary is not an account of everything they read; however, a summary should give enough details to inform the person reading the summary what they read. The assignment notebook code for tonight is for the students to identify the 3 parts of a summary listed about. In the assignment notebook, you can simply write "Identify, Verb it, and Finish it." I hope you all have a great night and I look forward to another great day of learning!