I had a group of teachers visit my classroom last week. They were there to see how we incorporate technology in meaningful ways into the primary classroom. I had a couple of teachers ask me if I had a schedule of what we do throughout the day to give to them. Alas a blogpost is born. So, here it is, a day in my room without you actually having to visit me! (I am taking the day that my visitors came in and writing what we did that day)
|A screenshot of one of my student's blog posts|
9:00 Twitter Review - Reading Mini Lesson
After we read and responded to some tweets we were ready for our reading mini lesson. I have been teaching the students the difference between on the page and off the page questions. I have taught the students that sometimes the answer is right in the book. If we can put our finger or fingers on the answer, its called an on the page question. The answer is right on the page. We just need to use evidence from the text. When the book doesn't tell us the exact answer/ when we can't put our finger on the answer/ when we have to add our ideas to help us answer the question then we use AEO and it is called an OFF the page question. You need to use evidence from the text to answer the questions along with your own ideas. I went over our anchor chart and I told them that they were going to be detectives that day and they were going to figure out what type of question I was asking. I was using the fabulous book, "Tuesday" by David Wiesner which is nearly a wordless book. Because the book had very few words, I decided to read the book to the class first without asking any questions. My students used the comprehensions strategies they have learned throughout the year and wrote about their thinking using todaysmeet while I read the story. I made book marks with a QR code on them that took them to todaysmeet.
|Examples of students' responses while I read the story.|
- What time is it?
- What do you think the Detective is thinking? What type of question am I asking?
- What trouble do the frogs get into? Use evidence from the text to explain your answer.
9:30 - Literacy Stations
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10:10 - 10:50 Nutrition Break
10:50 - 11:40 Prep
11:40 - 12:30 - Writing
Students are learning how to write fairytales and are learning about beginning, middle and end of the story. My teaching partner, Mrs. Belanger, read the students a different version of Goldilocks And The Three Bears. She then had them show the beginning, middle and end using the Popplet app:
12:30 - 1:10 Nutrition Break
1:10 - 2:05 Math
We usually have silent reading for 20 minutes, however on this day we were writing math problems to share on Twitter with Mrs. Degroot's class. We tweeted math problems and solved math problems on Twitter until 1:35 then skyped with Mrs. Degroot's class and we exchanged math problems via Skype.