Thursday, March 5, 2015

PA for the Week of 3-9

Kindergarten and first grade talent development groups will not meet this week because of PARCC testing.

Second grade PA will begin the week with a review of elements of figurative language we learned at the beginning of the school year.  Then we will be discussing how to do an oral presentation, what elements are included in a great presentation, and how presentations are evaluated.  The kids will create a rubric for their own oral presentation on their inspiration from the Muses of ancient Greece. We will develop the presentations in class.  With any time we have leftover, we will begin to learn about the city states of Greece, focusing mostly on Athens and Sparta. 

Third grade PA students will continue our investigation of life in ancient Egypt.  Last week, everyone got a "Day in the Life" packet explaining what an average day for a woman, farmer, soldier, priest, nobleman, craftsman, and Pharaoh would be like.  We will discuss the similarities and differences between the different groups as well as the similarities and differences to our own lives. We will also be learning about what an Egyptologist does and we will begin to explore The Valley of the Kings using a great interactive map: http://www.thebanmappingproject.com/

Fourth grade PA did an amazing job last week as we learned about traumatic brain injuries through the story of Adam Moore.  You can read his book, he wrote it when he was a fourth grader, here: http://www.brainline.org/content/2013/01/broken-arrow-boy.html.
This week the fourth graders will begin researching the brain disorder they selected last week. We will have two research days each week until Spring Break.  Our grammar unit will continue and we will further explore the different parts of the human brain.

Fifth grade PA students will be continuing to work on their autobiography matrix, post-its, and reading for homework this week.  Please see last week's post for due dates.  During our time in class, the kids will be reading two different informational articles about microbes in the human system and how antibiotics are changing our systems. The photo at the top of the blog this week shows a few of these microbial critters. There are over 100 trillion microbes in the human body!  This is a great introduction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1X8p0vhsWRE  The kids will be comparing two articles, one from Scientific American and another from the NY Times, for a class discussion using pretty advanced texts. How great is PA this week…pretty awesome if you ask me.

An Update from Mr. Schumann

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