In Main Lesson the class continues to learn about maps by mapping their surrounding area. Yesterday students toured the interior and exterior of the school’s property in order to make create maps of COS in their books. We discussed what is important enough to be put on a map, and how symbols can be used in place of an object. In our story Todd has been approached by a man named William who will lead him to the colonists’ hiding place. William uses strange words like “patriot” and “loyalist” and Todd tries to remember back to his social studies lesson to figure out just what is going on in the past!
The class took their first spelling test today and will receive their new words tomorrow, which will include main lesson vocabulary. I have been reinforcing their spelling words in circle by having volunteers spell their words, as well as non-spelling words, while tossing a bean bag in the middle of the group. Next week the entire class will get a bean bag and do the same.
We will begin math workshop officially next week and the class will be placed into three differentiated groups. They are also practicing math by playing “quiz, quiz, trade” during circle time with flash cards. In this game, the class walks around the room with a multiplication flash card until I yell “FREEZE!”. Then they must partner up with the person closest to them and quiz them on their flash card. Their partner does the same, and then they switch cards. The whole process repeats after that. This is a great activity to get the class moving around the room and also practicing their times tables.