Kindergarten-Second Grade TD will be continuing the small group work from last week. These groups will include every student in grades K-2 until I have met with all the students in each class.
3PA will continue our journey to Planet Shine in The Green Book this week. I created a hyperdoc and put it into the 3PA Google Classroom. This hyperdoc has links to different activities and questions that we will be working on as we read the novel. The kids will also be keeping a journal, stepping into the shoes of the main character, Pattie, to record what her experiences are like in this strange new world. The group will also focus on how characters respond to challenges as we read.
4PA will begin reading the classic novel The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett this week. I have a link to an audio version of the story that kids can use (on the left side of the PA site under student resources), while following along in their copy, to get the rhythm of the dialect and get the right voice in their heads as they read. The students will be recording how the main characters change as they read. There are several new forms in their Google Drives that we will be using for this over the next several weeks.
5PA will continue reading the short stories of Ray Bradbury during our time together this week. One theme that will run through this unit is how does Bradbury draw readers in and use sentence structure and word choice to capture the attention of the reader. Last week, every student picked a highlighter color that will be used exclusively to mark sentences or words that drew them into the text. At the end of this unit, the kids will be having a comprehensive Socratic Seminar on Bradbury as a writer and how he uses words and structure differently from other writers. This week, we will be reading "All Summer in a Day", a short story about a group of children living on Venus.