Friday, March 27, 2015

PA for the Week of 4-6

The kindergarten talent development students will be working on researching a topic of their choice this week.  We will focus on using the facts to write a speech that the kids will give in my classroom.  The students and I will create a rubric together for this project and discuss what big questions need to be answered as a part of this inquiry based presentation.

The first graders and I are going to continue to learn about figurative language.  The week before break, we learned about onomatopoeia and personification.  This week we will review those, discuss idioms and review what they learned about them in their classrooms, and begin to learn about similes and alliteration.  The class will begin making a simile book and we will create our own page for a book by Graeme Base titled Animalia.

The second grade PA kids will begin our week resuming the tours of ancient Greek historical sites and what they tell us about the what life in Ancient Greece was truly like. Then we will be diving into an amazing underwater discovery from Ancient Greece that is truly FASCINATING! The kids will be learning about The Antikythera Mechanism. This 2,200 year old machine is the most complex and technologically advanced device of the ancient world.  It was found at the bottom of the Aegean Sea in part of an ancient shipwreck.  You can begin to explore here: http://antikythera.whoi.edu/

Third Grade PA students will continue to explore the mysteries of the pyramids this week in a continuation of our work before spring break.

The fourth graders are going to be learning all about dreams this week in PA.  What are dreams? Do we all dream?  What do the kids in PA dream about? What is the purpose of a dream? What influences our dreams? Do certain TV shows or video games influence nightmares?  All of these questions will be answered as we discuss our own dreams and read what psychologists have to say about the subject.  On Friday, we will make a timeline for completing the brain research project, what the final presentations will look like, when they will be due, and the steps needed to be successful in completing everything on time.

Fifth grade Project Arrow students will begin the week by creating a detailed timeline for completing the Capstone project by the end of the quarter.  This is a big project, so to ease any anxiety, we are going to go through all of the steps and set due dates for the next nine weeks. We will be continuing our grammar journey and investigating a poem from 1958, titled "I am a Cherry Alive" about a little girl's song of celebration at being part of, and alive in, the universe. We will end the week by reading some of the writings of this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, who defied the Taliban in Pakistan and demanded that girls be allowed to receive an education. She was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012, but survived. We will learn her amazing story.   

Hello Again...

It's been some time since I've posted anything, and I wanted to share a few things before the end of the year.  First, Betty Slater....