Friday, January 16, 2015

PA for the Week of 1-20

I hope everyone enjoys the long weekend!  Here is what the kids of Brookdale will be working on with me this week...

Kindergarten talent development students will be exploring the different parts of a book, and the story elements contained inside.  The kids and I will also begin a chapter book together titled Henry and Mudge and The Long Weekend. We will be looking at the similarities and differences between picture books and chapter books as we read.

First grade talent development students will be discussing the idea of inspiration this week.  What is inspiration? What inspires you? Why do people need inspiration? What does inspiration create?  This is a theme the kids will be exploring in the classroom during 3rd quarter as well.  The kids and I will be reading two picture books about inspirational people, "Dave the Potter"  aka "Dave the Slave" and Malala Yousafzai.  Dave was born into slavery in 1801 and today his pottery can fetch up to $40,000 per piece at auction, and Malala is this year's Nobel Prize winner for Peace for her work to educate young girls and boys around the world.

Second grade PA will dive into our study of ancient Greek civilization this week.  We are going to learn about the relationship between ancient Greek religion and their understanding of the natural world through the story of Hephaestus, the son of Zeus who was the blacksmith to the Gods.  The students will soon be writing their own myths based on the research we did on natural disasters several weeks ago.

Third grade PA will finish The Girl Who Owned a City this week.  Last week Tom Logan shot Lisa and took over the city.  We stopped at a real cliffhanger!  This week we will learn the fate of the city and write a comprehensive reflection about the book and how it helped us better understand the theme of change.

Fourth grade PA will begin our grammar unit this week with a review of prefixes and how they alter words, and an extensive refresher of the eight types of words that make up the English language.  The eight types of words are: noun, pronoun, verb, adverb, adjective, preposition, conjunction, and interjection.

Fifth grade PA will have two more days to develop their TED talk and Prezi about a person under 30 who made a positive impact on a global system. The kids know that they will be working on this project at home to complete it and rehearse their talk several times. These presentations are due on February 2nd, the week that 5th graders will also be taking the qualification test for middle school ELA PA.  The math testing will be in the spring for 5th graders. Then, fifth grade will begin our grammar voyage with a review similar to the fourth graders. 

During the week of January 26th and February 2nd, I will be administering PA qualification tests to students in grades 2-5 all day long, so the schedule is going to change.  I will not be meeting with groups as much, but I will be seeing all of the kids at times during the testing window. 

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