Daily Learning Activities

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    Day 6 - March 25, 2020


    Overview- Fiction Reading - Theme

    Estimated Time- 45 minutes 

    Explanation- In class, we have discussed many reading concepts and skills.  Today, we will be focusing on theme!  We discussed theme when we read “Stone Fox” and “Glory Be.”  Students thought about what the lesson or moral of the story was.  

    Three Quick Things to Know-  

    1. A story’s theme is the lesson or moral of the story.  Themes can be written in a few quick words.  Think about theme like a bumper sticker slogan.  “Be kind to others” or “Treat others how you want to be treated”. 

    2. Looking at character’s actions or words can help us determine the theme. 

    3. A story may have more than 1 theme – there can be many that are correct! 

    Tasks- Review the meaning of “theme” in books and stories!  To help with this, watch Tim & Moby discuss theme in the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RecVd-6g-IY 

    Then, visit the following page: https://www.tes.com/lessons/VTgiIHcPJzWJAQ/theme-pixar-short-films 

    From here, please choose one Pixar short film to watch.  As you watch, think about the theme of the short story.  What are the characters doing?  What does the author, or creator, of the video want you to learn by the end of it?  After you have finished, please complete the following handout to describe the theme of the short story you watched.  If you don't have a printer, please write your answers on notebook paper. For the “Big Idea/Topic” section, write what the short story was mostly about.  What was happening in the story?  Then, describe specifically what the characters were doing in the short film.  Finally, write your “bumper sticker” or short theme that you took away from the story- this can just be a few words!  If you would like to, you may watch as many of these short films as you would like!  

    Materials/Activities- You will need your iPad, laptop, or tablet to view the videos to complete this.  You will also need the “Theme” Graphic Organizer PDF (link found below).  If you do not have a printer, please just write your notes on a scrap piece of paper.  

    Theme Graphic Organizer PDF Link: Theme Graphic Organizer



    Overview- Informative writing

    Estimated Time- 60 Minutes 

    Explanation- When we wrote our informative writing pieces in class, we wrote an introduction and conclusion (in addition to our body paragraphs).  At this point, your entire draft should be finished!

    Three Quick Things to Know- 

    1. An informative writing piece has an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion.

    2. When you have finished drafting, you can revise and edit your work.  Remember, revising means we check that our writing is organized, has interesting words, and makes sense.  When we edit, we check for correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, and conventions.

    3. Publishing means that we are finished with all other steps of the writing process, and that we are ready to create our final writing piece!

    Tasks– Using your Informative Writing Draft Organizer, you will edit/revise your writing.  Check that your writing has descriptive words, correct language, and that everything is organized and completed on the organizer.  Then, check for correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation!  All sentences should start with a capital letter and end with a period.  All proper nouns need to start with a capital letter as well.  Then, when you have edited and revised your writing, you may publish your writing piece!  If you have access to Microsoft word, you may type your writing piece just like we did in class.  You can access your own version of Microsoft word from your personal laptop, or use your CB Office 365 account (login instructions can be found below).  If you don't have access to Microsoft word or a laptop, you can write your final piece on notebook paper.  When you have finished, you can include photographs or draw pictures to match your writing too! You can also create a book on the Book Creator app to showcase your writing and research!  When you log on to Office 365, you can go to the "Clever" application and find Book Creator there (or use an iPad/tablet if you have the app on your personal device).  If you type your final writing piece, please email it to Miss Keller! I will respond via email to provide feedback about your writing!   If you write your final piece, you can send a picture of the notebook pages to Miss Keller via email, or put it in your "Completed Work" folder to show Miss Keller when we return to school. 

    Materials/Activities- You will need your Informative Writing Draft Organizer.  You will also need Microsoft word, notebook paper and coloring materials, or Book Creator.  If you use CB's Microsoft Word through Office 365, you can save it to your OneDrive.  You can also access Book Creator through Clever once you are logged in. Please use the login instructions on the document below to login.  Remember, your username and password are the same ones you have used to login to the laptops in school!

    Home Technology Access Link: Home Technology Instructions



    Overview- Multiplying Multi-Digit Numbers  

    Estimated Time- 30 minutes 

    Explanation: You can use what you know about place value to help you multiply multi-digit numbers.  

    Three quick things to know:  

    1. When multiplying a single digit number by a multi digit number, make sure to line up your place values.

    2. Always start on the far right! Multiply the single digit by the digit in the ones place. Then move to the next place value to the left, until you have multiplied each digit in the larger number by the single digit.

    3. Make sure you are carrying and regrouping when necessary. 

    Tasks- Click on the PDF link below to access your “Multiplication with Regrouping” practice. If you are not able to print the page, please rewrite and complete the problems on scrap paper. If you are not sure how to answer a question, write a question mark.

    *Optional- Once you have completed these 2 pages, if you have time, please find your “Division of the Day” packet and complete page 2, which is 749 divided by 3. In the box that says “Label It”, please label which number is the dividend and which number is the divisor! In the box that says “Solve It”, please use long division to find the quotient. 

    Materials/Activities: You will need to access the PDF link below for your “Multiplication with Regrouping” practice. You will also need the “Division of the Day” packet (page 2) from your grab bag. Please reference the video below for review on multiplying multi-digit numbers! 

    Multiplication with Regrouping PDF: Multiplication PDF

    Multiplying Multi-Digit Numbers Review Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJ5qLWP3Fqo 



    Overview- This week you are going to observe and collect data on our weather!  We have learned about the Water Cycle in class.  You will review the Water Cycle while you observe the weather each day! 

    Explanation- We have learned about the Water Cycle in class.  We learned about the steps of the water cycle, and what water does at each of these steps.

    Estimated time-  30 minutes 

    Three things to know-

    1. We learned that evaporation, condensation, transpiration, precipitation, percolation, and collection are all parts of the water cycle.

    2. Scientists make observations by using all their senses. Each day you will be using these to investigate what is happening outside. Take note of climate, temperature, precipitation etc. 

    3. Remember that in the U.S. we use Fahrenheit to measure temperatures. Another scale of temperature is Celsius, which is used in other parts of the world. 

    Tasks:  Record your observations in your weather journal. There are pages in the journal for Monday to Friday, today you will complete the Wednesday journal entry. Check the temperature through a weather app, or through your local weather channel, and record the temperature on the thermometer.  On the water cycle diagram, circle to show where you think water is located today.   Illustrate a picture capturing a scene from outside your window to show a visual of our weather that day! Use crayons, markers and colored pencils to make a detailed picture of the weather today.

    Materials/Activities:  You will need a copy of the attached Weather Journal, or you may make your own from your own journal pages or scrap paper. You will also need an iPad, laptop, or tablet to view videos. 

    Climate and Temperature Cartoon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XirAUvS_29I 

    Water Cycle: https://jr.brainpop.com/science/weather/watercycle/ 

    • Username: simonbutlerel 
    • Password: brainpop 

    Weather Journal PDF (same as yesterday- just in case you need it again!): Daily Weather Journal PDF


    Technology/Free Choice:

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

    Tasks- Students may choose to go on Freckle math or EPIC! reading.  Please refer to the Grab Bag instruction sheet for information on how to log on to/access these accounts. Students can also use the Fact Fluency choice board to play a multiplication/division game or practice their fact fluency using one of the options on the board.  Students may also choose to free write or read an independent book of their choice.  

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