DAY 62 – Dec. 17, 2015 – Literacy (Characterization, Inferring), Multiplication

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LITERACY – Media/Writing

Today we worked on Characterization (character development). When we can recognize how an author develops a character (today, through media/film), we can then transfer characterization skills to our own writing. After independently reading for a bit, we were introduced to a Graphic Organizer for Characterization — FAST Characterization (Feelings, Actions, Saying, Thinking)



We watched a Christmas season classic, “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”. We focused on the Grinch character and worked in groups to brainstorm his Feelings, Actions, what he was Saying, and what he was Thinking. (This will work very well for our next writing activity after the break, Suspense writing (grade 6 expectation — we will use the story to also map out the plot — see the Mountain organizer from Grade 5….)


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MATH – Multiplication (Standard Algorithm practice)

We played a Grinch-themed board game 🙂 🙂 🙂  Students start with 3 chips…….if they’re lucky, they proceed through the game board and get to GIVE AWAY chips. The person who gives all their chips away first wins. (Thanks to     for this idea —— it can be used with any level of math or other question).


The trick is…………….students had to answer a 3 digit x 2 digit multiplication question in their notebook in order to roll the die!!!!   (using Standard Algorithm ONLY, as this is the method we need most practice with). Students had a lot of fun, although you can see they were very competitive and concentrated very well 🙂