Tuesday, October 15, 2019

PA and TD for the Week of 10-15

No KTD Literature this week because we had Monday off and there is a 3-5 author assembly today.

KTD Math will continue to work on the strategy of doubling numbers or multiplying by 2.  I need a rematch with Mason who took me down five times in a row on this game last week.  

1TD will continue our work with identifying the elements of fairy tales in books they have in their book boxes from our trip to the library last Friday.  The kids and I will also finish up "Jack and the Beanstalk" and identify elements as a group during this shared reading experience. 

2TD will have one more week as members of the mock Caldecott Medal committee.  On Friday, we will make our selection.  So far, The Scarecrow by Beth Ferry and illustrated by The Fan Brothers seems to be a class favorite.  It's a beautiful story and the illustrations are stunning. 
The Scarecrow
3PA have met Lisa and Todd in our new novel The Girl Who Owned a City. This book ties into The Green Book as both texts are about survival and change.  In our current read we are thinking about a world with no adults and how kids would survive on their own.  We will be doing a lot of thinking and planning just like the characters in the novel as we continue to read. 

4PA will stay on the moors of England this week as we continue to explore and peel back the layers of The Secret Garden.  The kids are charting examples of Mary's evolution and the many metaphors connected to her in the novel. We are also planning for a watercolor painting project when we finish the book. 

5PA will spend the week having a Socratic Seminar, using questions they wrote, about the stories we have read by Ray Bradbury.  The group is quite excited for the discussion.  
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Monday, October 7, 2019

PA and TD for the Week of 10-7

KTD Literature will actually read Free Fall this week, a wordless picture book, and complete a story map in pairs about the story.

KTD Math will be working on doubling numbers on dice while playing a connect four type of game. 

1TD will start the week learning about the elements that make a fairy tale a fairy tale.  After brainstorming a list of what they know about the genre, I will add to what they develop, and we will begin reading a variety of stories to see if they match the criteria. 

2TD did a fantastic job reading past winners of the Caldecott Medal and discussing why each book was worthy of the prize.  This week, we will be reading contenders for the 2019 medal and evaluating them using the Caldecott criteria.  
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3PA has designed an invention that will make life easier for the people of Shine, interviewed a classmate for input, and used that input to refine their ideas.  This week, the kids will create their invention and share it with the group.

4PA is doing an amazing job with The Secret Garden.  We will continue to read this week and take notes on Mary, Martha, Dickon, Colin, imagery, symbolism, and metaphors we find in the text.

5PA will have some time to complete their essays on "The Veldt" this week and we will read one more Ray Bradbury story.  "August 2026, There Will Come Soft Rains" is our final story, so the kids will be working on writing open questions about all of the stories we have read by this iconic author for a Socratic Seminar. On Thursday, we will begin The Capstone project. The first step is to examine what the kids are passionate about. Many more steps to come, but for the remainder of the year, Thursday will be Capstone Day. 
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Thursday, October 3, 2019

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Kindergarten Literacy Talent Development was going to read the wordless picture book Free Fall with me this week, but the concept wasn't fully understood by the students, so I switched my plans up.  We watched the short film, posted below, as an example of a wordless film.  The kids and I watched and developed the idea of the story together and even discussed how colors and music help tell a story.  Next week, we will be reading Free Fall, because now they understand how wordless stories work.  Everyone should watch this Oscar winning short animated film.  Imagine a world with no books!!!  

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Friday, September 27, 2019

Author Liesl Shurtliff Visiting Brookdale on 10-15

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New York Times best selling author Liesl Shurtliff will be vising Brookdale 3-5th graders on October 15th.  This is also the day her new novel, Time Castaways, The Obsidian Compass will be released.  All 3rd-5th grade students will be given a form to order a signed copy of her new book and the first book in the series soon.  The Brookdale staff thanks Anderson's Bookshop for their continued support of our young readers and writers. For more information about Liesel Shurtliff, you can visit her website: https://lieslshurtliff.com/ 

PA and TD for the Week of 9-30

Kindergarten Math TD will be working on addition and subtraction strategies, sequencing, and even multiplication using a game called Over the Hill.  Pairs of students will work together playing this dice game to see who can come up with the most combinations using the two dice to make the numbers 1-18.  A copy will come home with the students so they can teach parents how to play.

Kindergarten Literacy TD will begin out journey with wordless picture books and how they tell a story.  We will begin with David Wiesner's Free Fall. Kids will be exploring story structure, print concepts, and work on a story map using this beautiful adventure story.
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First grade TD will start off the year with a classic story, written in 1926 by A. A. Milne, Eeyore Has a Birthday. We will start off by diving into the world of A. A. Milne and one of the most beloved set of characters in children's literature. I have a short video that shows Mr. Milne speaking about his books, a clip from one of the Pooh movies so the kids can get those iconic voices in their heads, and I will share the Caldecott medal winner Finding Winnie, the true story of how Pooh and his friends were created. This is a longer text, and the kids will be reflecting on the thoughtful decisions made by the characters, learn how to use context clues to develop vocabulary strategies,  and describe characters, settings, and identify the main events in the tale. 
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Second grade TD will be doing a lot of reading over the next month.  We are going to be learning about the Caldecott medal.  A prize given to one picture book of distinction each year.  The kids will get a copy of the criteria used by the Caldecott selection group, and use it to evaluate dozens of books.  This first week, we will be reviewing the criteria, using vocabulary strategies to figure out what the big words used by the group mean, and then dive into past winners.  I will have copies of past winners from the 1940's through last year's winner Hello Lighthouse. During our second week, we will begin reading books on the short list for the 2019 prize and work on narrowing the list down to which one the second graders think deserves the medal. 
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3PA has finished The Green Book and will begin a project based on the text this week.  We will be using a process called Novel Engineering to invent or refine an invention developed by the characters on Shine.  The kids will explore the available resources on the planet, what problems need to be solved, and how they can develop a reasonable solution using the materials they have available.  Once the idea is developed, students will be interviewing their classmates in PA about their idea to get feedback on the concept.  That feedback will be used to refine the invention and the students will draw plans for their ideas.

4PA has entered the world of Mary Lennox, a most disagreeable child, in the 1911 classic, The Secret Garden. We will continue to read the novel and focus on gathering as much information as possible about the four main characters, Mary, Colin, Martha, and Dickon.  We need to closely observe each character, because there are a lot of changes to come.  The theme of change will permeate our reading of this novel. 

5PA will stay inside the imagination of Ray Bradbury this week with two new stories.  Last week we learned about how authors use juxtaposition to highlight differences between characters or even objects in their writing, and how to describe the author's voice using a continuum of feelings.  This week, we will do the same using "The Veldt" and "The Scythe" stories that are engaging and a very mysterious. One is a cautionary tale about screen time written in the 1950's, and the other the story of a farmer during the Great Depression. The class will be writing their own open questions for an upcoming Socratic Seminar, and on Friday, I will be introducing an essay about the Veldt that we will wok on next week during PA. 
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PA and TD for the Week of 10-15

No KTD  Literature   this week because we had Monday off and there is a 3-5 author assembly today. KTD Math  will continue to work on the ...