Friday, November 14, 2014

PA for the Week of 11-17

Kindergarten talent development students will continue working on charting story elements this week.  The kids will be using a picture book about a five year old who tries to do her dad's job titled Bea and Mr. Jones. We will also be charting story elements using a few British commercials that feature stuffed animals coming to life.  The advertisements will be a jumping off point for creating a story about what our stuffed animals would say about us and what we would do with them if they came to life.

First grade talent development students are going to be reading literary and informational texts on the same topics and charting the differences. We will explore the hallmarks of each genre with the texts about dolphins and insects.

Second grade PA spent all last week dissecting the original version of Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale The Snow Queen.  I did not expect the book to take a full week, so we will be continuing to read other fairy tales like the Grimm version of Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel.  Later in the week we will be reading the 1875 version of The Gingerbread Boy and then exploring the idea of change with our readings of many modern versions of the story. 

Third Grade PA will be creating a British ABC book for Brookdale's World Culture Fair.  We will be examining the differences in vocabulary across the pond with words like "boot" and "bonnet" which we would call the trunk and hood of a car.  The class will also continue reading Mr. Popper's Penguins as we learn more about important story elements and point of view.

Fourth grade PA is going to be writing our critique of the film version of the Secret Garden, but this is an in school assignment, so don't plan on any homework for this writing project.  Later in the week we will begin reading a folktale from Japan titled "The Tongue-Cut Sparrow" that we will use for an in-depth discussion about theme.

Fifth graders are going to be creating their final films on an influential agent of change in South Africa.  If all goes well, this is the first time I've used this website, I will post the videos on my You Tube channel and send out links next week so you can watch from home.  Wish us luck!

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