Our Day – Monday, April 27

Good Morning! I hope you had a great week-end.

Morning Work – Start off your learning day 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.

Next, pick up you gratitude rock and think of something new to add to your Gratitude Jar.  I don’t know if you are keeping up with this practice, but I do know it will help to find the “silver lining in the rain clouds.” (Ask your family about that expression if you don’t know it yet.)

Check out each others blogs and leave a comment or two. Thank you to the four people who have made this a regular part of your morning.  Your comments are real gifts to your classmates. 🎁 🎉👏🏽 Thanks for staying connected!

Morning Meeting–  Today we’ll share and compare two versions of The Grasshopper and the Ants; one from Jerry Pinkney’s illustrated collection and another from Mary Ann Hoberman’s Very Short Fables for Two Voices.  (Thanks to Mr. Eaves for reading the second voice.)

One version is longer than the other and each has different illustrations.  Look beyond those obvious differences, to reflect on which version and moral speaks to you and connects more closely to how you hope people will treat each other.  Leave a comment  explaining which version you liked better and why.  Also, please tell what the moral means to you.

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 focus with Rainbow Breath.

Shared Reading –  We’ll solve riddles and listen to mysteries.

Here are the riddle answers from last Wednesday: #1 heat travels faster, anyone can catch cold ,#2 here’s how to turn eight 8’s into 1,000 by adding: 888+88+8+8+8, and #3. there were 40 squares in the picture.

Here are some new riddles for today ~

#1 A clerk at the butcher shop is 6 feet tall, and wears size 10 shoes.  What does he weigh?

#2 A cowboy rode into town of Friday.  he sated in town for three days and roads back out on Friday.  How is that possible?

#3 Remove 6 matches to make 10.

Listen to Miss Nelson is Missing.

In a comment, share how you solved the mystery – make sure to include all the clues you found in the words and illustrations to provide proof for your claim.

Use all that you’ve learned by listening and reading mysteries to continue on with our mystery planning activities.  Go to our Google Classroom.  Open the new assignment ~ Create An Intriguing Mystery with a Puzzle to Solve. I hope you’ll finish this worksheet and turn it in today, or tomorrow.

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

Independent ReadingKeep reading each and every day! Find 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, choose two or three things from the Book Talk Questions grid when you leave a comment about what you read today on the blog.

Book Club RemindersDetective Camp meets today at the end of the Zoom Chat to discuss Chapter 3.

The Case of the School Ghosts meet tomorrow at 10:30 to discuss Chapter 3.

The Brixton Brothers meets tomorrow at 11:00 to discuss Chapter 4, 5 and 6.

Go outside, have some lunch, play a game, practice your recorder ~ Mrs. Oliver really wants to hear from you.  Relax.

Writer’s Workshop  –  Take this time to finish up any writing projects you are in the middle of  – country inquiry/travel journal or finishing the souvenirs.  You may also want to finalize your weather writing and illustrations.

Several of you began stories last week.  Please continue adding to them.  Don’t leave us in suspense.  😲 Remember, if you’d like to submit something to NHPBS Kids Writers Contest, the deadline is May 31.

If you’re ready for a new writing idea, here are today’s Quick Writes:

  • Climbing trees is…
  • If I were a turtle living in a pond, I would…
  • I wish trees could _____ because…
  • The most perfect place in the while wide world is _____ because…
  • or any other topic you’d like writing about.

Read the prompts, think for a minute or so, choose a topic and write for a full 10 minutes without stopping.  At the end of 10 minutes you choose – are you done, do you have a different idea, do you want to keep going.  It would be fun to see some of your writing on your blog this week.

Remember to use elaboration strategies.  Here are our anchor charts to remind you how to write elaborate sentences AND elaborate paragraphs, essays and stories:








Adding Description and Details








Adding Action








Adding Dialogue








Adding Inner Thought








Math Workshop

Begin with a math warm-up worksheet to review and remember our work with a  Mixed Review Fractions, Multiplication & Division

We are beginning an Investigation of Polygons. “What’s a polygon?” you ask.  We haven’t talked much about them or angles since October.  Polygons are shapes.  Polygons are closed, 2-dimensional, straight sided shapes.  Here is a picture of a few different polygons.

In our exploration we’ll be exploring the attributes of many different shapes. We are going to explore a special quadrilateral today ~ a rectangle.  What are the attributes that define rectangles and set them apart from all other quadrilaterals?

We’ll be thinking about their sides ~ are they parallel, are they perpendicular? We’ll be thinking about their corners (the correct mathematical word is vertices)~ are they right, acute or obtuse angles.

Here are some of the ways we can describe different shapes.  We will use these terms to create a definitions of shapes.  Today we’ll be thinking about what makes a rectangle, a rectangle.

Here is a picture of the top part of a worksheet you’ll be completing today.  Look at the two sets of shapes and see if you can figure out what makes a rectangle.

Look at the sides in the rectangle group.  Are opposite sides parallel?  Are opposite sides different lengths?  Are the angles (corners)  right, obtuse or acute? Use these ideas to complete this worksheet: What Makes a Rectangle So Special?.  Please find a way to share this with me today ~ send an email, or create a post on your blog.  Thank you.  It will help me plan lessons you understand more easily.

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!

Van removed 29 candies from the jar.  There were originally 78 candies.  How many candies are left in the jar?

There are 34 peanuts in each box.  Justin has 7 boxes.  How many peanuts does he have altogether?  He uses half of them when he bakes cookies.  How many peanuts does he have left?

Max has 68 apples.  He shares 24 with Elena and 18 with Sophie.  How many apples does Max have left?

Piper is getting art supplies.  Each eraser costs $3.00.  How much do 46 erasers cost?

Each colored pencil costs $1.50.  How much to 24 colored pencils cost?  How much will Piper spend altogether on art supplies?

There are 63 candies in Katherine’s candy collection.  If the candies are divided into 3 groups, how many candies will be in each group?

Paul has 20 pencils.  They are put away in boxes of 5.  How many boxes of pencils does Paul have?

If you’ve worked through that, it’s definitely time for a game here at ABCya. You may want to try Prodigy . It’s a fun game that you can play with friends.

UA’s for today…

Art – Click on new lessons and scroll down to find what Mrs. Nardone has for you to explore in Art today.  If you explore the art gallery you’ll see new artwork this week in Gallery 1 from Van, Anna, May, Edward and Sophie.  You’ll see new artwork from Van and Justin in Gallery 2 and you’ll find photographs from Anna and May in the Photograph Gallery.

Technology You’ll find the lessons Mrs. Herlihy left here at this link open the lesson that is next for you.

I hope you’ve had a great Monday.  Thanks for staying connected and doing all you can.

🌎🌳🌻💕 Mrs. Eaves

61 thoughts on “Our Day – Monday, April 27

  1. I like the first version better because I understood it more. What the moral means to me: you can’t always play sometimes you have to work and if you don’t work sometimes you will regret it.

    • Hi Edward,
      Thanks for sharing your opinion. If you understand more, then you think more about it. I like how you applied the moral to your own life. Doing some of each is important and living with regret can be hard.
      🐜Mrs. Eaves

  2. ~Riddles~
    1 meat.
    2 he went into the TOWN of Friday and LEFT on Friday.
    3 on the first one take away the bottom and the sides on the second one take off the right side and on the third one take off the top and bottom.

  3. I read Travel Team by Mike Lupica. It is a basketball story mainly. I think the main characters are Danny, his mom, his dad, Ty, Mr. Ross, Will, Tess, Teddy Moran, and a lot of other people I don’t want to list. It takes place in Middletown. It is a story that Danny _________ the travel team. I am not telling you what goes on that line.

    • That is a lot of main characters.Did you like the book? Would you want Danny on your basketball team of not? How do you think Danny was changed because of what happened in the story? Is there a lesson you could apply to your life?
      Thanks for sharing your reading from over the weekend!
      📚Mrs. Eaves

  4. I like the first one better the moral is that sometimes you have to work hard to feel nice and you have to prepare early. Athens differences are in the first the grasshopper does not see the ants and in the second one he does and thinks they are foolish. Also in the first one he plays guitar and the second one he plays violin. The same things are the grasshopper all summer sings songs and plays around where the ants are working and then in the winter he is starving and wishes he worked when the ants said no to him.

    • Thanks for sharing your opinion and comparing the two different fables. I like how you applied the moral to your life. It does feel good to know you have prepared and worked hard and now you are ready to receive the benefits – like when you work hard to get ready for a performance and you can feel proud of your effort when it is over.
      🐜 Mrs. Eaves

  5. Grasshopper and the Ants.
    I think the moral is: That if you have to do something, do it today why waste tomorrow??

    • Thanks for sharing your idea May. I like your idea of taking care of it today, because then tomorrow is ready for new things.
      🐜 Mrs. Eaves

  6. Clues
    1. Same rosy cheeks
    2. Same high heels different color
    3. When the kids went to Mrs. Nelsons house they saw Mrs. Swamp
    4. Black hanging dress in her closet
    5. One of them was always missing
    Detectives: Students
    Suspect: Mrs. Swamp
    Conclusion: Mrs. Nelson and Mrs. Swamp are the same people.

    • Landon 🕵🏻‍♂️, I really like how clearly you organized your thinking about the story. I appreciate seeing how you thought through each of the parts of the mystery.
      🔎Mrs. Eaves

  7. I think the first moral spoke to me but even though he spent all his days singing and dancing I would still give him some food if he did a nice favor for me in return. I liked it when Mr. Eaves read with you. :]

    Hope to see you in August!


    • Hi Sophie,
      I agree with you about sharing the food. Maybe if he didn’t learn the next year… but even then I’d share just like like. On top of that, I like the grasshopper’s attitude but I guess you do have to find a balance of work and play.
      🐜 Mrs Eaves

  8. I liked the first one better. You can work and still have a little fun. You need to do a little of both.

    • Hi Brady,
      thanks for sharing your idea. I agree with you – you can’t just work and you can’t just play. Balance is important.
      🐜 Mrs. Eaves

  9. Miss Nelson is Missing. I solved the mystery when she said black dress in the closet. Miss Nelson is Miss. Vilola Swamp!!!

  10. Miss Nelson is Missing. I solved the misery when she said black dress in the closet. Miss Nelson is Miss. Vilola Swamp!!!

    • Can you tell more. I don’t know which you listened to first.
      What does the moral mean to you?
      🐜 Mrs. Eaves

  11. Hi 3E! I hope you had a nice weekend and enjoyed some time outside. Have an awesome week! My favorite part of my day is receiving artwork from you! I miss you!

    Mrs. Nardone 🙂

  12. Here are my clues
    1. Mrs.Nelson went missing when her class was being very rude!
    2. Nobody answered at the door of Mrs. Nelsons house when the swamp teacher was walking by.

    Though’s are 2 of my clues!

  13. Riddles
    1) Meat
    2) The horse’s name is Friday.
    3) you spell TEN with removing the 2 on the side of the first bunch and the bottom match to make the letter T. Then remove the far right to make E.Then remove the top and the bottom and you’ve got an N.

  14. The second one speaks more out to me because it is like a show that I watched this weekend. That show says don’t put off tomorrow what you can do today. The ants don’t share the food with the grasshopper who has been singing and dancing all year. This means that you should do things today that could become important today. You can play but you should do the same amount of work too.

    • Hi Justin,
      I think it is great that you can make connections between something you saw this weekend and this fable. I think you have it right – you should play and you should work. I like how you said you should do things today that could become important tomorrow.
      Thank for sharing your thoughts and ideas!
      🐜 Mrs. Eaves

  15. 1.They both have red cheeks
    2. They both have white skin
    3. Miss Viola Swamp was at Miss Nelson’s house
    4. There was a black dress in Miss Nelson’s closet
    5. When Miss Nelson returned Miss Viola Swamp was gone

    Miss Viola Swamp is trying to make the kids more behaved and respectful towards her and not seem so mean.

    • Hi Justin,
      Do you think Miss Swamp thought she was being mean? I think she just expected the kids in her class to be respectful and she didn’t let them get away with behaviors that take time away from learning.
      Thanks for sharing you ideas/
      👊🏻Mrs. Eaves

      • She didn’t want her reputation to be mean. I kind of think she was mean because she was the opposite of herself. The real one is nice like you, Mrs. Eaves.

  16. I read Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and the setting right now is in Harry’s house. I learned the word beseech and it means to ask someone something in a serious emotional way.

    • Hi Anna,
      Thanks for sharing your reading. I like that you collect words and their meaning as you read. Thats a great thing to do. Do you think you try to learn at least one new word a day?
      📚Mrs. Eaves

    • What clues did you collect throughout the story to prove that is true?
      How would you convince us?
      Mrs. Eaves

    Mrs. Nelson went missing and Mrs. Verna Swamp took place at the same time and then when Mrs. Nelson came back Mrs. Verna Swamp went missing and wen Mrs. Nelson came back she had black lipstick on.

    • Hi Estella,
      You collected some important facts and put them together. I didn’t notice the black lipstick detail at the end. I’ll have to go back and check that out.
      🔎Mrs. Eaves

  18. Today I read Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire. Harry met with Sirius in the common room fire and he found out the first task was dragons! And that Karkeroff was put in Askabrban. Sirius was using a wizards fire for this chat. He was looking for books in the library with Hermione. When Viktor Crum came they left for the common room. Harry broke Cedric’s new bag to make sure all his friends went away because they are not nice to Harry. Harry told Cedric about the dragons and then got pulled away by Moody into his office.

    • Thanks for sharing your reading today.
      There are so many interesting pieces and parts to keep track of in this story!I liked hearing about how you play Harry Potter and bring the stories to life. They are amazing.
      📚Mrs. Eaves

  19. Miss Nelson is Missing…..Miss Nelson dressed up as mean Miss Viola to teach the kids a lesson. I figured it out when I saw the black dress hanging in Miss Nelson’s closet. Funny!

    • Hi Brady,
      Thanks for looking carefully for clues.Thanks for sharing your ideas about why it happened too.
      🔎Mrs. Eaves

    • Cool. Which one stands out most to you? You must be close to listening to them all on Storyline. Are they adding new ones each week? I’ve not been on for a while.
      Keep on reading!
      📚Mrs. Eaves

  20. I read Junie B. Jones Jingle Bells Batman smells (P.S. So does May)by Barbara Park
    In the book Jonie was writing in her journal and May was streching her neck across the ile and reading Junies journal.And then she screamed at the top of her lungs MR.SCARY! And then Mr.scary tuck them out to the hall and then they talked and then they came back into the room!

    • What is your prediction? Do May and Junie change and do things differently in the future so there are less issues.
      Thanks for sharing your reading Elena.

  21. I am now reading Narnia book 2 The Horse and His Boy Shasta the slave just met a horse named Bree and they escaped his fake father and now they met another horse and another child and right now they have teamed up. Bree is sometimes funny comparing he an free talking horse and a slaved horse.

    • Thanks for sharing your reading and thoughtfully explaining the main parts of the action at this point in the story. I can tell you are connecting with the characters and visualizing the story.
      🙌🏼📚 Mrs. Eaves

  22. I liked the first version better because of how you read it together. I think the moral of the story was that you shouldn’t waste your time dancing when there’s food to get.

    • Thanks for sharing your opinion. I guess there is a right time to get things done isn’t there? Sometimes it is a hard choice.
      🐜Mrs. Eaves

  23. I am reading through the library app, Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior.

    There was a slime attack in the village. The slime used a creeper explosion to get over the wall to enter the village. Steve taught the village how to build a wall. One of the slimes landed on the person who’s writing the diary’s head. After two baths, he still smells like slime.

    When he started school he was given a day strip that had AM and PM on it. AM the first thing on it was crafting. I don’t remember what was on the rest of the day strip but I remembered that he did not like crafting.

    When it was the end of the day he got how he did that day back. He was level 3. He was super happy that he got level 3 on the first day of school. Until a village named Matt bragged that he got level 5. That crushed his feelings. He thought that Matt brags about everything. Then he saw his friend that said quietly, Level 1? I am level 1? And he was super sad. Then he got told that Steve was from a different world. The world was called Earth. Steve realized that one day he was on Earth and then one day he was on Minecraft. Then Steve told him that he cannot die in Minecraft that everything just turns red and he respawns.

    • Thank you for taking the time to share the important parts of your reading. I can imagine so much of the story from what you share. It is clear that you are reading carefully and that you become part of the story and move along through it with the characters to feel what they feel. That’s what great readers do.
      Thanks for sharing all your great books and inspiring others to read more thoughtfully too.
      🙌🏼📚Mrs. Eaves

  24. Miss Nelsons Mystery-
    Miss Nelson was really Miss Violin Swamp. Miss Nelson had a black dress in her closet.

    • Hi Max,
      Did you have any suspicions before the end of the story, or do you think that was the only clue?
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and ideas.
      🔎Mrs. Eaves

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