Our Day – Thursday April 2 – Day 12

🥳🎂🎉Happy Birthday Holden!🎉🎂🥳

Good Morning! 

Morning Work – I hope you will start off your learning day by completing your weather graph, noting the temperature on the section of the graph you color in and the type of cloud you see.  Use the symbols on the cloud finder.

Stop to put your gratefulness rock in your pocket. Think of something new that you are grateful for as your day begins and add it to your Gratitude Jar.  Then check out each others blogs and leave a comment or two.

Keep up with independent reading suggestions by checking out all the comments of you’ve all been leaving and keep reading each and every day!

Morning Meeting –  It’s another wonderful day.  Listen to this reading of The Awesome Book of Thanks by Dallas Clayton.  I like the message and the colorful illustrations.  I am grateful for color.  Let’s see what happens when we each try to make a monochromatic picture.  “What,” you ask, “is that?”  It is a picture that is created by using different shades of only one color.  If you decide to give it a try, make sure to post it on you blog. Here are a few examples. Be inspired.  Have fun!


Take a break, get a snack and move around.  If you’d like, here are two Go Noodle videos.  The first one here is one to move with and the second one here is one to help us become more mindful.

Reading, Writing, Science and Art

Shared Reading – To start today listen to the poem called The Storm by Laurie Harley.

Next listen to What Will the Weather Be Like Today by Paul Rogers.

I hope this book is reminding you of the difference between weather and climate.  Think back to the climate maps you made a week ago in the Mystery Science activity.  Can you describe the difference between Climate and Weather?  Create a blog post to explain the  difference between the two.


Take a break, go outside, run around, sing, play a game, make some art.

ReadingFind a nice quiet place to read and enjoy at least 30 minutes with a great book.  If you’re wishing for some new book/reading options you can find some fabulous picture book recordings at Storyline Online and recorded books here at Audible. The Elementary selections look great.  Enjoy!

At the end of reading today, choose two or three things from the Book Talk Questions grid when you leave a comment about what you read today on the blog.

Go outside, have some lunch, play a game, practice your recorder.  Relax.

Writer’s Workshop  –  Beginning on March 31, we will spend six days to work little by little to craft a piece of writing sharing the weather information you have been collecting. We are going to learn about creating paragraphs. Yesterday you wrote your lead.  If you had a chance to take advantage of that opportunity,  you’ll find some feedback waiting for you in your draft.  9 of you did that writing assignment.  If you didn’t have the chance, go back to yesterday’s post to find the information you need to complete it now.

Today you will be planning the order of how you will present your storm information and you will be writing a paragraph or two about that one type of weather.

Here’s my plan.  You can use it, but it would be more fun if you followed your own line of thinking. Some of you chose other kinds of extreme weather altogether so this plan won’t work – that’s FABULOUS!  You come up with your order.

I decided to start with the subtopic of  Thunderstorms.  Then I chose to move to Tornadoes because they start in Thunderstorms.  I going to tell about Hurricanes next and connect to the fact that both, Tornadoes and Hurricanes have high winds and 5 different classifications.  And finally I am going to explain what I know about Blizzards because they are also windy.

The first sentence in a paragraph is called a TOPIC SENTENCE.  It lets the reader know what they will learn about in that paragraph.  It’s like a mini lead or introduction to the subtopic.  Every sentence that comes after the topic sentence, should add a different detail.  Altogether the paragraph teaches about that subtopic completely.  

I’ll get some of my sentence details from my concept map.  The details are the facts I collected in the small circles.   I’ll also have to remember to write about some I didn’t collect on my map – I may even have to look some up by going back to the resources.

Here’s an example of a paragraph with a topic sentence and six supporting details from Writer’s Toolbox by Nancy Loewen.

When you’re ready to write, open your weather post, make revisions to your lead, delete the feedback  and add the new paragraph(s) about that one subtopic.  Remember to use your elaboration strategies.  When you have finished writing about that topic.  Stop and save your draft.  Don’t submit it.  You’ll be adding more the next time you write.

(If you have bits and pieces of your travel journal to finish up, do them when you have time.)

Math Workshop~

Math Mini Lesson Warm-Up –  It seems like almost everybody is feeling certain of how multiplication and division meet together to create fact families.  You did great with the chocolates and cupcake problems. (Here’s a tip : using the option key and the / together will allow you to type the division symbol÷.). Today in honor of Holden’s birthday let’s do some birthday cake math for the first part of our math warm up.









Here are four pictures of cakes cut into equal pieces.  Choose a just right challenge for you, and without telling us which picture you selected, please create a blog post that shares the four equations in the fact family represented by the cake you chose and one story problem that illustrates an equations from that fact family.

Complete these Multiplication and Division Review1 and Multiplication and Division review2 worksheets to help you have even more practice with fact families in the second part of the math workshop.

Problem Solving ~ Next, here are today’s problems to choose from.  These were written to model ways to write division and multiplication story problems.  Solve as many as you can.   You can solve them in your journal or on a piece of paper.  It would be most helpful to put the color and the date the problem was posted.  Thanks!

Edward counted the crayons.  He found out the class had 80 crayons.  He places the crayons in boxes.  Every box contains 8 crayons.  How many boxes will Edward need?

Brady organized the paper.  There were three piles of clean white paper.  He decided to place the paper in envelopes that could hold 10 pieces of paper her.  How many envelopes does Brady need if there are 120 pieces of clean white paper in each pile? 

May collected the watercolor paintings that class had created.  She wanted to hang and equal number of paintings on each of the four walls of the classroom.  How many paintings did May hang on each of the four walls.

Estella combined 526 colored pencils, 385 markers and 1,217 crayons from the classroom supplies and put them in a box to send to a shelter so kids their could create pictures.  How many art supplies did Estella put in the box?

The box weighed 3 and ½ pounds.  When Javey took it to the post office to mail he found out it would cost $6.95 per pound to mail the package.  How much money did it cost to mail the package of art supplies?

Landin painted Gratitude Rocks for everyone in 3E – including Mrs. Douglas and Mrs. Eaves.  On each rock she painted 35 green dots, 46 light blue dots, 27 yellow dots and 18 dark blue dots.  How many dots did she paint on each rock?  How many dots did she paint on the entire set of Gratitude Rocks?

Math Games and Activities ~ If you’ve worked through the first three parts of math workshop, it’s definitely time for a game here at ABCya. If you want to try Prodigy talk to your parents.   Does anyone else have another game to recommend?  Leave the name in a comment so we can all have fun. Did anyone else find another game you like.  Leave the name in a comment so we can all have fun.

UA’s for today…

Spanish ~ I know Señora Murphy has posted some new lessons for you to explore.

And Music ~ Here’s the link to Mrs Oliver’s Online classroom.  Remember, she’d love to hear from you and is hoping you’ll email her pictures of videos of the songs you are learning to play.  Have fun making music!

New School Week Expectations
Dr. Lupini and Ms. Snyder set some new school expectations.  The plan is that students will have new assignments Monday through Thursday.  Friday is a day for you to catch up on things you haven’t had the opportunity to do or complete. It’s a day work on larger projects – like our Winterhouse Challenge.  The hope is that this will make the weeks feel a bit more relaxed.
Teachers have been asked to spend Friday getting ready for up-coming lessons with time to work together in Zoom to plan grade level activities.  Don’t worry, I’ll still be checking the blog and will be near by to answer your questions as they arise.  I’ll be there for you! ☀️💕🙌🏼
So that means you’ve gotten all the new assignments you’ll have for this week.  The travel journals you’ve been able to share with me are WONDERFUL. (It’s fine to still be working on them.) Next week, we’ll start creating the souvenirs.
This week you have done amazing writing, math and reading.  You shared joy with each of us and the world as you expressed your gratitude for all of our many blessing.  You played music and created pictures.  You went for bike rides and hikes.  You are remarkable!
Thank you for being you!
💕Mrs. Eaves
Here’s something interesting.  Ms. Griffenhagen just sent this video.  How can this be?  I thought we had that figured out…