Wednesday, December 5, 2018

5PA Capstone

5PA families set your DVR to record CNN this Friday night at 10 PM for the CNN Young Heroes of 2018 special. Great Capstone connections in this show, including a young girl from Plainfield. The CNN Hero of the Year program airs Sunday night at 7:00. I highly recommend watching this show with 4-5th grade students. It will illustrate  how one person can be a positive catalyst for change in our world. 

Monday, December 3, 2018

PA and TD for the Week of 12-3

KTD Math will be solving story problems in teams that require three step addition problems.  

KTD Literacy will spend our time this week comparing characters in two different picture books.  
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1TD will be reading non fiction articles about influential people this week. I have several articles for the kids to choose from including Leonardo da Vinci,  Louis Braile,  Rachel Carson, Jane Goodall, and Helen Keller. We will be discussing what these influential people have in common during our time together. 

2TD will spend the week learning about coding using Bee Bots.  I have a variety of challenges for the kids to complete using these robots. 

3PA will continue working on Creative Problem Solving using fairy tales this week. 

4PA will create a Google Slide Show this week about the novel Call it Courage and the Newbery winner they self selected.  The slides will highlight the criteria used by the Newbery committee and the kids will share their opinions on the worthiness of each book. 

5PA will finish their group projects on The Crossover and Brown Girl Dreaming this week.  The projects will be shared in class on Friday. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

PA and TD for the Week of 11-27

KTD Math will be learning about parallel and perpendicular lines this week.  We will be going on a hunt around the school looking for examples of each.

KTD Literacy will continue our work with nonfiction reading.  The kids and I will be reading two articles about water and comparing key facts.

1TD read the A.A. Milne story "Eeyore Has a Birthday" last week.  This week, we will be reading a Hindu fable titled "The Mouse and the Wizard" and comparing the adventures and experiences the characters had in both stories.  We will also be discussing the central theme of each text. A note to parents, please don't clean out your son or daughter's TD folders as we will be using items in them for more than one purpose.  Thanks. 

2TD will likely finish reading Frindle this week.  the class has done a great job discussing how Nick and Mrs. Granger are changing and how they are changing.  This work will continue this week, and the kids will be creating their own new words to share with the group.  

3PA will switch gears this week and begin learning about CPS, or creative problem solving.  There is a video that I will share with the kids on Tuesday posted below that explains the process.  We will be using fairy tales to solve problems characters face in different stories.  There are four stages to the process. Clarify, to identify the problem in a clear fashion. Ideate, where multiple ideas for solutions are brainstormed. Develop, developing one of the ideas in a comprehensive way. Implement, creating a way to put the idea developed into action.  What could the three little pigs have done differently to change the outcome of their story?  This is where we will begin.

4PA will complete reading the 1940 Newbery Medal winner Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry this week.  All of the students have a copy of the Newbery Medal criteria used by the members of the Newbery Committee and are evaluating the novel as they read.  Once finished, students are going to pick any contemporary Newbery winning novel and evaluate it using the same criteria.  Our mission is to see how literature for children has changed since 1940 and discuss if Call it Courage would still win today. 
Call It Courage (Reissue) (Paperback) (Armstrong Sperry)
5PA will be working on their group projects using Brown Girl Dreaming and The Crossover for three days this week, and Thursday will be set aside for Capstone work.  The kids are off to a great start and asking thoughtful questions about their topics.  

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Monday, November 12, 2018

PA and TD for the Week of 11-12

KTD Math will be working on problem solving using logic.  I have two problems for the class to complete as a group.  One where we need to determine the snack eaten by a class with only 3 clues, and another problem about where five kids are in their line using a chart and four clues. 

KTD Literature will be working on developing rhyming words using scrabble tiles.  My plan is to turn this into a race between two groups to see who can come up with the most rhyming words for a variety of sounds in only three minute intervals.  

1TD spent last week reading three short chapter books and putting post-it notes anywhere one character changed another character.  This week, those changes will be recorded on three different webs.

2TD is finally done with their amazing renditions of A Giraffe and a Half.  The kids did a great job of working together on this book.  Our next adventure will be with the novel Frindle by Andrew Clements.  We will be reading this book together and recording how different characters change in a variety of categories. 
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3PA will spend the week creating a plan based on The Girl Who Owned a City of where they would relocate in Brookdale to create their own city.  The kids will also be creating a visual to show the connections between this novel and The Green Book.

4PA will create their impressionist watercolor paintings of The Secret Garden in three stages of development.  Some of the symbolism and metaphors found in the text will also find their way into the paintings.  This should be a fun week for the 4th graders.  

5PA is finishing up reading two award winning novels written in verse, The Crossover and Brown Girl Dreaming.  Teams were given the four standards 5PA uses 2nd quarter for understanding literature.  The only directions they were given was to show their mastery of the standards in some way.  It can literally be anything they think of, a challenge.  This week, groups will be developing their way of showing mastery of the following standards:

RL.6.2:  Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.

RL.6.3:  Describe how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.

RL.6.4:  Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.

RL.6.5:  Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot.

On Wednesday, we will have our first Socratic Seminar Tug-o-War comparing Ray Bradbury to all other writers to develop our understanding of how text structure impacts themes in literature.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Happy Diwali

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PA and TD for the Week of 11-7

KTD Math will be playing SET with me this week to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.

KTD Literacy will focus on rhyming words this week.  Groups will be using Scrabble tiles in a rhyme race with several twists and turns.  

1TD will be reading books in pairs focusing on how characters impact each other in stories and creating a web that illustrates the interactions. 

2TD will finish up their work on their version of A Giraffe and a Half. 

3PA will finish reading The Girl Who Owned a City this week. The kids will be working on a project in teams to show how they would survive by thinking and planning just like Lisa did in the novel. 

4PA will finish up their posters comparing the novel to the film version of The Secret Garden, we will have a Socratic Seminar about which version was better, and next week we will be creating our three part water color paintings. 

5PA will write their Capstone proposals this week in class.  The students will also continue to read The Crossover and Brown Girl Dreaming. 

Friday, October 26, 2018

PA and TD for the Week of 10-26

KTD Math will be learning a card game called SET.  SET builds cognitive, logical and spatial reasoning skills as well as visual perception skills while playing a game! Because it has a rule of logic (three cards that are all the same or all different in each individual feature), and because players must apply this rule to the spatial array of patterns all at once, they must use both left brain and right brain thought processes. This fun game actually exercises your brain!
I copied this description directly from the SET website. 

KTD Literacy will be reading the 1948 Caldecott winning picture book The Little House.  We will focus on how ideas develop and interact over the course of the text. 
The Little House 75th Anniversary Edition by Virginia Lee Burton - New - 132874194X, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
1TD will spend the week looking at picture books that explore the diversity of different cultures we have in our community.  The students will be looking for similar themes in the books and discuss how our differences make us a stronger school community.  These are just three of the books that will be in the hands of the kids next week. 
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2TD blew me away last week with their work on their own version of A Giraffe and a Half. The creative thinking and collaboration on display was impressive.  We will be writing the final copies of their stories next week, and thanks to Caleb's idea, I'll be making copies for everyone to bring home.  

3PA just learned that the citizens of Grandville are going to be moving.  We also learned what the title of the novel means, Lisa is actually going to own a city.  A city in a castle called Glenbard.  The characters in the book are moving into my old high school, Glenbard West.  We will be reading and developing our own plans for a place to relocate in the Brookdale area that would be able to accommodate the "child families" from Brookdale.  
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4PA has until Friday to complete their essay on The Secret Garden.  The students had a choice between four comprehensive questions about the novel.  Their work should include many examples taken directly from the text to support their opinions.  During our time together, we will be watching the Francis Ford Coppola film of the book. We will use the film to have a Socratic Seminar comparing the novel to the film.  Which was more engaging?  Was the book better than the movie? 
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5PA will continue to find examples of sentences written by Ray Bradbury that illustrate his ability to draw a reader into his stories.  Students will also be looking at other writer's works to extract sentences that highlight their craft.  Is Bradbury special, or do all writers use the types of structure that he has mastered?  The kids are writing examples on note cards for a lesson in a few weeks, something I've never tried before, a Socratic Seminar Tug of War. It should be interesting. We will also begin reading two different novels written in Verse.  The Crossover by Kwame Alexander and Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.  Both are Newbery winners and are magical to read.  There will be ongoing conversations about the differences between prose and verse, novel structure, and commonalities between the two novels.  
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