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    Reading Day 9:

    Overview- Fiction Reading – Point of View 

    Estimated Time- 45 minutes  

    Explanation- In class, we have discussed point of view, as well as how to compare and contrast two things.  Point of view refers to who is telling a story.  We discuss this with many of our read alouds and shared reading texts in class. 

    Three Quick Things to Know-   

    1. First person point of view means the person telling the story is a character in the story.  Clue words are: me, my, I, we 

    2. Third person point of view means the person telling the story is a narrator.  This person is not in the story.  Clue words are: they, them, and a character’s name 

    3. When we compare and contrast, we can look for things that are the same and things that are different.  A great tool for this is a Venn Diagram.  

    Tasks- To review first and third person point of view, please watch the Brainpop titled “Point of View” https://www.brainpop.com/english/writing/pointofview/  

    • Brainpop username is: simonbutlerel  
    • Brainpop password is: brainpop 

    After this, watch the following two stories on YouTube.  As you are watching, think about what the stories have in common, and what differences they have.  Specifically, think about who is telling the story, and how that makes them different!  

    The Three Little Pigs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WjHqT8dgeQ 

    The True Story of the Three Little Pigs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pF0h7NqpJQc 

    When you have watched both stories, complete the Venn Diagram (link is included below).  As you complete the Venn Diagram, remember to include similarities in the middle of the graphic organizer, and differences along the two outside sections of the graphic organizer.  Remember to think about the differences in terms of the point of view!  Ask yourself, who told each story?  Don’t forget to write the titles of both books to label each side!   

    Materials/Links- You will need your iPad, laptop, or tablet to watch the videos and stories.  You will also need the “Compare and Contrast” Graphic Organizer PDF (link found below).  If you do not have a printer, please just write your notes on a scrap piece of paper.   

    Compare and Contrast Graphic Organizer PDF Link: Compare and Contrast Organizer


    Writing Day 9:  

    Overview– How- to writing 

    Estimated Time – 25 Minutes 

    Explanation- In class, students learned how to write a how-to piece. In class, students also wrote their own how-to piece detailing a topic that they felt they could teach to someone else. With how-to writing, students are the true experts!

    Three Quick Things We Know-

    1. Informative Writing (How-to writing) teaches and explains exactly how to do something. It could be how to make something, how to solve a problem, how to do a chore, etc.

    2. How-to writing is written by listing steps and is put in chronological order.  We often use transition words (First, next, then, last) to write a how-to piece 

    3. Adding descriptive while you write helps a person visualize what you are communicating. 

    Tasks- Write about one or two jobs or responsibilities you have done to help your family at home over the past several days.  Tell what the job/responsibility is and explain how you complete it.  Use descriptive words to help make writing clear.  Some examples to write about might be: cleaning your room, unloading the dishwasher, collecting the trash and taking it out, watching your baby sister or brother while mom and dad work from home, walking the dog, etc.  Draw a picture to go with your how-to writing. As you write, remember to do it in a step-by-step way and include descriptive words and transition words! Remember, you are the expert/teacher on this topic! 

    Materials/Links- You will need notebook paper and coloring supplies. When you are finished, you can put your writing in the "Completed Work" folder to return to Miss Davenport when you get back to school!


    Math Day 9:  

    Overview- Comparing Fractions 

    Estimated Time: 30 minutes 

    Explanation: Students have learned that we can compare fractions using cross multiplication as one effective strategy. When we cross multiply, students can identify which fraction is greater than, less than, or if the two fractions are equivalent.  

    Three quick things to know:  

    1. To compare fractions, students have a choice. One choice is to make equivalent fractions with a common denominator.If the denominator of the two fractions is the same, students simply have to look at the numerator. The fraction with the larger numerator is the larger fraction! 
    2. To compare fractions, students can also compare fractions to a benchmark fraction, such as ½. Students can ask themselves, “Is this fraction larger than ½ or is this fraction smaller than ½?” 
    3. Students can also use cross multiplication to compare fractions.This means we must multiply the numerator of one fraction by the denominator of the other fraction. We then repeat this process one more time to compare two fractions. Please reference thecross multiplication video below for a review! 

    TasksClick on the PDF link below to access your “Equivalent Fractions” practice worksheet. If you are not able to print the pages, please rewrite and complete the problems on scrap paper. If you are not sure how to answer a question, write a question mark. Once you have completed these 2 pages, please complete the “Multiplication Practice” worksheet. You can check your answers with the answer key after to see how you did!  

    *You may choose to play the optional online game, Math Monster, by clicking the link: https://www.mathplayground.com/math_monster_fractions.html  

    Materials/Activities: You will need to access the PDF link below for your “Comparing Fractions” practice, as well as the “Multiplication Practice” worksheet. You will also need the link above to play “Math Monster.”  

    Click here for the “Comparing Fractions” PDF Worksheet:  Comparing Fractions Worksheet

    Click here for the "Multiplication" PDF Worksheet: Multiplication Practice Worksheet

    Cross Multiplying: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcXcnluAQOU  


    Take a Break Tuesday!

    Overview- Mindfulness

    Estimated Time- 30 minutes

    Explanation- In class, we have used every Friday during our Science and Social Studies block to do "Fulfilling Friday." This is our block of time to use mindfulness strategies or do activities that help us clear our mind. Since we do not do Distance learning on Friday’s, we will do “Take a Break Tuesday.” To take your mind off of things, you can choose one of two options: hands-on or hands-off. Hands-on requires you to make a vision board of what you envision to happen for you in the rest of 2020 OR hands-off which is a meditation video you can do from home.

    Three Quick Things to Know-

    1. Using mindfulness requires a peaceful place without distractions. Think of a place in your house that is quiet, calm, and relaxing for you.

    2. A vision board is a poster board/piece of paper full of images.  It may be images you see in head when you think of what you want to achieve, gain or create. (ex: good grades, getting first place in a gymnastics competition, beating your fact fluency score, etc.)

    3. Meditation requires concentration on your breathing and dedication of time and energy into relaxation.

    Tasks- Choose whether you want to complete the “Hands-on” or “Hands-off” Mindfulness activity for today.

    Hands-on: You will close your eyes and think about a dream you have – a goal you want to become real-life. You’re most likely seeing different images ahead, visualizing the feelings you might have as you achieve this dream and the things it would mean to you. When you have a few ideas that you dream of achieving, find pictures in magazines that you can cut out. Don't forget to ask your parent or adult before cutting things from their magazines! You can also print images or may draw these images. This vision board is for you to hang in your room to look at when you wake up and before you go to sleep to inspire you daily. See examples of a few below. 😊

    Hands-off: Use a mindful body and mind and find a quiet place in your house. Practice mindfulness by following the meditation video below. Have fun and RELAX!

    Materials/Links- You will need your iPad, laptop, or tablet, printer, magazine, plain paper or poster board, and whatever coloring materials you may want to use.

    Meditation Links:




    Vision 1  Vision 3  Vision 3


    Technology/Free Choice Day 9:

    Optional! Use any remaining time or extra time to complete these activities!

    Estimated Time- 30 minutes

    • Students may choose to go on Prodigy or XtraMath or EPIC! reading.  Please refer to the Grab Bag instruction sheet for information on how to log on to/access these accounts.

    Materials/Activities- Students will need a phone, tablet, laptop or computer to access EPIC! or Prodigy/XtraMath.