Monday, April 6, 2020

Zoom Meetings

I will be posting a link for Zoom meetings for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade next week so we can talk as a PA family.  Let's get through this week of new learning territory first, and then we can get together. 

3rd Grade April 14th @3:00
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4th Grade April 16th @3:00
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5th Grade April 17th @3:00
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PA Moving Forward

This is a difficult time for the world, and this is easily the most difficult post I have made on our website friends.  With the new remote learning plan put together by District 204 and the leadership team at Brookdale, this is our plan moving forward.  I am not going to be posting new activities for PA students.  The teachers, Mrs. Howicz and I want you guys to focus on the learning you are doing in your homeroom classes.  This, sadly, means that we will not continue with our curriculum.  I will be joining Zoom meetings so I can see you all and check in, and you can send me emails or anything via Google so we can stay in touch.  5th grade, I'm crushed,  but this also means that you can stop working on your Capstone projects.  The world shifted, and we need to shift with it.  

All I want you guys to do is escape into a good book.  We can travel anywhere in books.  I know that you kids have about 50 books from the PA library, just keep them until they can be returned to school.  If you need a good book recommendation, visit here:

I will be posting some links each week that any student at Brookdale can use at home.  Stay well friends, and I will see you on Zoom, and in person when it is safe.

Wonderopolis is a fantastic website to get lost in, exploring things that you wonder about:

Fold and Fly is a fun website with dozens of paper airplane designs that you can use to pass the time:

I know this is going to be difficult news to absorb kids, but we will get through this and be back together again when we can.  I'm sending you my love.

Mr. Schumann

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Thursday E Learning

Find a cozy place to read friends. Go on an adventure with a book, it’s my remedy. Send me your work, assignments are posted below, sometime in the next ten days. Spring break will be different this year for all of us. You know your assignments and how to share your work, you know how to chat with me if you have questions, and you know I miss seeing you everyday in our room. 

If we continue e learning after spring break, I’ll be in touch. Stay well. 

Mr. Schumann 

Sunday, March 22, 2020

5PA Capstone

I don’t want anyone to think about their Capstone project this week. Once we get back from spring break, we will come together and move forward. 

E Learning on Twitter

I know many Brookdale PA parents follow me on Twitter, and I am sharing a lot of resources you can use at home on that platform.  You can follow me @brianschumann75 or you can Google @brianschumann75 and get dozens of ideas and links to things PA students can engage with at home.  Stay well friends. 
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5PA E Learning Week 2

We are entering new territory kids.  I miss seeing you each day.  I miss the bond, our inside jokes, how well we know each other, our traditions, and how well you can work as a team. This will not stop because we are not face to face in our room. So, this week, I'm keeping it simple.  Finish the fiction book you went home with that pairs with your autobiography.  Continue to do the annotations with a focus on how the life of the author connects with the fiction you are reading and create a seven word summary for each chapter. Annotate on post-its you went home with, or you can do it on Google, or another method we worked out.  That's it until after spring break.  I'll be checking in several times a day, so if you have anything to share or ask, just share a Google Doc with me.  

4PA E Learning Week 2

This is the brief introduction I showed you on our last day together. We are going to be learning about the poetry of Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance for a few weeks. Watch the video again, and then begin reading the following poems here:

Langston Hughes poems to read this week:

I, Too
Dream Variations
Harlem, Dream Deferred
Helen Keller
I Continue to Dream
In Time of Silver Rain
Freedom's Plow

You can read more poems if you like, but the eight listed above are ones I'd like you to read.  Create a Google Doc titled Langston Hughes poetry with your name, then share it with me.  I would like you to write the title of each poem, and share your thoughts about each in a few sentences. What do you think he was saying? How did the poem make you feel? What was the mood or tone of the poem? Add any thoughts you have kids.  We will pick this up after spring break, and I'll be checking in to see what you think of these poems.  You might need to look up some new vocabulary as you read because we are not together.
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3PA E Learning Week 2

I posted the documentary we were watching together about the top ten discoveries of Ancient Egypt for all of you to keep watching at home.  I know you left your binders at school, so please take notes on the sections we watched in class again. The YouTube link may not work, so ask an adult to use any device you can to watch.  If you have no other options, send me a note on a Google Doc, and I will look for another source.  This week, my expectations are that you watch the documentary, take notes on paper, and include as much detail as you can.  You will be working on a project using this information after spring break. I so wish I was there with you kids, so if you have questions, or things to share, share a Google Doc with me, I'll reply. 

Egypt's Ten Greatest Discoveries [Full Documentary]

Zoom Meetings

I will be posting a link for Zoom meetings for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade next week so we can talk as a PA family.  Let's get through this ...