*This is not a real post. This is a sample of what a virtual school blog post could look like!*
As you may have heard, we won’t be learning in class together today. However, learning will continue at home with virtual school! The learning activities will take you between 2 and 3 hours, and you should give yourself a nice brain break in the middle to have a snack and get some fresh air.
I will be online today all day today from 7 AM until 3 PM answering e-mails, reading your blog posts, reading your blog comments, having virtual conferences on Google Docs and helping you with your learning in any way that I can.
It is very important that you remember that virtual school is not optional. School will be continuing as normal, and there will not be time to make up for missed learning when you come back to school.
Reader’s Workshop: 30 minutes
We have been reading Mysteries and learning how to be detectives. In our class read aloud, we have been reading Nate the Great books, and noticing how to identify and track clues. Sometimes the author even leaves us false clues to confuse us!
As reader learn new information, they need to ask themselves, “How does what I’m reading now fit with what came before?” Readers reread to adjust their thinking when they encounter new clues and may revise predictions because the story showed a new angle or clue that wasn’t known before.
Today you are going to read for 20 minutes. As you read, collect clues you notice on your post it notes, asking yourself “How does what I’m reading now fit with what came before?”. Then, go back to the prediction you made at the beginning of your book. Consider if you need to revise your predication based on the information you have collected today! Post your thinking in a comment on this blog – either explaining that your prediction is still the same; or explaining why your prediction has changed. Your blog comment needs to be at least 3 sentences long.
Writer’s Workshop: 30 minutes
In Writer’s Workshop we have been working on our independent writing projects. Even though we are not in class, I have posted this video of me teaching a mini lesson. Please watch it, and then spend 25 minutes working on your draft in your Google Doc. I will be taking a look at your pieces of writing around 11 AM to offer you some feedback and “digital conferences”.
Math: 30 minutes
In math we started our unit on geometry and we’ve been identifying parallel and perpendicular lines.
Today you will go on a geometry scavenger hunt in and around your house. Find at least 2 examples of parallel and perpendicular lines and take a picture. Email the picture to me and explain how you know they are parallel or perpendicular lines. If you have trouble with taking a picture you can describe what you saw.
Bonus! If you have time, find examples of right angles in real life. Take a picture and I will post them on our blog.
Math Dictionary: Click on the math dictionary to see a definition and example of parallel or perpendicular lines.
Video: Watch this video for a mini-lesson on finding parallel and perpendicular lines in polygons.
Specials: 1 hour
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