Friday, October 31, 2014

PA for the Week of 11-3

PA progress reports were given to all of the students today, Halloween.  I know it gets crazy tonight, do be sure to ask your son or daughter to share their progress report with you this weekend.

Kindergarten talent development students will begin the week making inferences from a variety of National Geographic photography that has a message or story to tell. 

Here is an example...nature.jpg....and there's a story inside this image.  We will also be working on how to partner read, how to take turns reading, creating story maps, and reading a picture book titled Memoirs of a Goldfish

First graders will be reading a variety of books in small groups and creating story maps based on the important parts in the text.  The kids will also be using "story cards" with characters, settings, and events, to create stories of their own.


The second grade PA students are going to be finishing their "graphic novel" based on a page from The Mysteries of Harris Burdick next week.  When we are done with this project, the kids and I are going to begin to explore fairy tales, the components of fairy tales, and some of the history behind this genre.  Go crazy at the library in the 398.2 section and find some fun stories to read at home.


Third grade PA is going to be investigating the concept of theme in literary texts.  What is the theme of a book?  How do you figure out what the author was trying to tell the reader?  We will begin with some fables and move into a complex picture book about a mysterious object found at the bottom the sea. The third graders will also begin their grammar voyage this week! This will be an ongoing part of the third grader's time with me in PA.


Fourth grade will be continuing to read and analyze the 1941 Newbery winner Call it Courage.  The students should be finished with the book by the end of the week, so know that there will be some light reading homework for some of the students.  We are also going to be film critics this week as we will be comparing the novel The Secret Garden to the Francis Ford Coppola film version with Maggie Smith from 1993. This is going to be a fun week of PA!!!!


Fifth grade will be working on their Capstone projects this week on Wednesday, but we are also going to begin a mini-research unit on people who had the courage to change the apartheid system of government in South Africa.  Our research will include Nelson Mandela, F. W. DeKlerk, Steve Biko, and anyone else the kids come across in their research.  The product will be a short subject documentary film, narrated by the kids, including music that matches the theme of courage and change.  It's going to be great!


Have a great week everyone!

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