Our Day – Thursday, April 9

Good Morning!  It was so great to see you and  hear how much you care for each other. 

Remember, do what you can and don’t worry about what you can’t.  I know you’re all doing your very best! 🙌🏼  That is all we ask.

Morning Work – Start off by completing your weather graph, note 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. Don’t ignore this part. We need to remind ourselves that there is a lot of good all around us. Add something new to your Gratitude Jar as your day begins.

Then check out each others blogs and leave a comment or two.  It feels good to be connected!✏️👍🏻🕊💕

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

Morning Meeting –  This week I chose books to remind us of the importance of celebrating ourselves.  You are brave and adventurous and kind and thoughtful and full of determination!  You should be very proud of all you re accomplishing.

Let’s start by listening to I like Myself by Karen Beaumont.  After you finish listening to the book check this Report from Sesame Street: What Makes You Special?  I know, but it’s got an important message.  If Murray Monster came to interview you, what would you tell him when he asked, “What makes you special?”  What would you show him you can do.  Create a post sharing what makes you special – take a photograph or video.  If you’re like me, you’re thinking, “Special…I’m not really special, but…”  Yes, you are!  I can think of dozens of ways.  Give it a try.  I will too.

Take a break, get a snack and move around.  If you’d like, here are two  Go Noodle videos: move to You Got This and relax with Let’s Unwind.

Shared Reading –  Do you know what a red herring is in a mystery?  Did you figure out what it means to be deductive?  Do you know what an alibi is?  You can find out more about them by looking at Ingredients of a Mystery or The Detective’s Dictionary again.

You did a great job with yesterday’s riddles.

Here are the answers: she was on the bottom rung, a potato, and a sponge.  You had some great answers that were different, but no less correct!

Today’s riddles are rhyming.  See if you can fill in the blanks

Riddle #1  In jumping I am the greatest of all.  In winter I spring! In summer I _____!

Riddle #2 The mice were gathered in a crowd, that is, until the cat _____.

Riddle #3 They came to our picnic!  Acted very rude!  Came uninvited and gobbled our food!  They crawled on our blanket, our ankles and our pants!  Call that a picnic?  Yes, for the ____!

If  you’ve got an answer for any of today’s riddles, leave your guess in a comment.

Today’s mystery is full of alliteration.  Here’s a page from the end of the book that explains what alliteration is and why it’s fun.  There’s also one page for you to look at closely.  You’ll meet the detectives there.










Now let’s listen to Betty’s Burgled Bakery.

If now’s a good time,  have fun creating and illustrating original alliterated tongue twisters. Post them on your blog.

  1.  Pick a consonant.
  2. Write down as may word as you think of that start with that letter. The more alike they sound, the better.
  3. Make up a sentence that uses as many of the words as possible.

Here’s mine: Patterned purple and pink pompoms point at pens, pencils and plants.

Take a break, go outside, run around, sing,  play a game, make some art. Send a picture to Mrs. Nardone.

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  –  Today we’ll continue writing about weather.  Here’s a review of the steps we’ve taken so far if you want to check back on our writing process.

We began with a lead on April 1.

Then we used our concept map to make a plan April 2 and we learned about topic sentences and paragraphing.  You wrote about your first subtopic.

On Monday you wrote about subtopic 2, on Tuesday you wrote about subtopic 3 and yesterday you wrote about subtopic 4.  If you had the time for that, the main part of your weather essay is be done

Today we’re going to learn about writing  the conclusion.  There are four types of conclusions that match our leads.  The conclusion wraps up the whole piece of writing.  It reminds readers of the main idea shared in the lead and uses the same technique to bring the piece of writing to a close.  If you started with dialogue, you end with dialogue.  If you started with questions, you end with answers.  If you started with sounds, you end with sounds. And if you began by creating a snapshot you end the same way.

Make sure the your readers know the extreme weather has passed them by… for now.🌈🌤

When you’re ready to write, go to all posts and open your weather draft.  Read your feedback and make your revisions.  Delete the feedback and add the next new part to your weather essay.  Remember to use your elaboration strategies.  When you have finished writing for today,  STOP, and save your draft.  Don’t submit it.  We’ll work on an illustrating step next week.

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

Inquiry Workshop – Social Studies  –  Let’s work on our souvenirs this week. You got to see a few examples that other kids have made at the Zoom chat yesterday.  Think about supplies you have on hand, talk to your family and begin creating.  If you need help, ask for it.  Today you may be working on your last souvenir.  The plan is to submit a photograph of your completed souvenirs on sometime next week.

Math – You’ve done a great job with division, remainders and fact families.  Thanks for sharing your work. Today’s warm up is Division Practice.  You need to use what you know about fact families, so get out whatever you use for counters (beads, Legos, pennies…) to help you with this work.

You share them equally in 6 groups:







Or you put them in groups of 6 to find out how many groups there are.





Next, here are today’s problems to choose from.  See if there are two that feel like just right challenges.   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!

Anna had 63 marbles.  She put equal groups in 7 containers.  How many marbles did Anna put in each container?

Van played basketball for an hour each day of the week.  He practiced shooting baskets.  He shot a basket 22 times each hour.  How many shots did Van take during the week altogether?

Justin was sorting coins.  He had 25 pennies, 12 nickels, 14 dimes and 28 quarters.  How many coins did he have altogether?

How much money were the coins worth altogether?

Max was reading Kid Normal.  He had read the first nine chapters and was on page 105.  If the book has 400 pages, how many pages does Max have left to read?

Sophie went for a walk in the woods.  She kept track of the trees she saw.  She counted 1,250 trees altogether.

She counted 248 beech trees, 175 pine trees and 108 oak trees.

The rest of the trees she counted were maple trees.

How many maple trees did Sophie count?

Elena collected shells on the beach.  She found 1,568 white shells, 2,374 yellow shells and 2,019 speckled shells.

She used 2,465 of her shells to decorate a picture frame. 

How many shells did Elena have left?

If you’ve worked through that, it’s definitely time for a game here at ABCya. If you want to try Prodigy talk to your parents.  Did anyone else find 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!