Homework: Tuesday, January 6, 2016

Math: Khan Academy OPTIONAL

Writing: Work on filling in (if you have reliable internet access) your Google Sheet with the comparisons and contrasts we worked on today for the super bouncy ball and red rubber ball. Remember, you can access the Google Sheet by clicking on the Google Classroom icon on the side of the screen. It will take you to our stream on the Google Classroom where you will see the assignment waiting. The assignment is due tomorrow. You will have some time in class to work on this but not a lot.

Reading: FINISH reading the ON-PAPER Newsela article about new Muppet Character.

Answer Prompt:

Write a short paragraph describing the central idea. Use two pieces of evidence to support your writing.

Remember: Central idea is the big message a story shares with the reader. It’s not the topic…it’s the message.

Is the central idea about a new muppet? No…but that’s probably part of the central idea. Is the central idea that a new muppet character has autism? No…but that’s probably part of the central idea. Is the central idea that autism is something a lot of kids have? No…but that’s probably part of the central idea.

READ the article at least twice-once for the gist and once to ask yourself what the article is basically trying to get across to the reader.

We are diving into central idea!

We are reading more nonfiction text and will be ramping up the volume as we start using the We the People text for social studies this week. So far, we’ve launched our look at central idea using Newsela, an online news source for students that allows kids to read at a Lexile that’s right for them.

When we search for the central idea of a piece of writing, we’re doing a lot of things at once: reading a document for the “gist” of it, looking for main ideas, searching for the essential details that support those ideas, reassembling all these parts and asking ourselves what this is the main point the author is trying to make.

To help, I’ve created a “mind map” using a free, cloud app called “Mind Mup.” A mind map is essentially a free-form graphic organizer. I’m trying something new: embedding a mind map using the “Mind Mup Atlas.” Your students will be using MindMup to create their own organizational tools. If you see a small link, please click on it! It will take you to a resource on the web.

A mind map looks like a collection of roots or a tree or neurons. When you think about thinking…it’s kind of messy like that. Our job as 21st century learners is to organize the information we come into contact with so that we can connect all that information and makes sense of it as a whole. We’re no longer just reading texts, memorizing facts, testing on them, forgetting them, and moving on. We’re training to be thinkers and problems solvers, and a Mind Mup is a great tool to assist us in that endeavor.

Let me know what you think about this? Shoot me a text or email if you like. And have a great three-day weekend! 🙂