Thursday, May 7, 2015

PA and Talent Development for the Week of May 11th

The year is flying by!  We only have three weeks left, and we are going to make them count.  Here is what we will be working on this week at school...

Kindergarten will be on a field trip on Monday, so we will be finishing our PowerPoints on Tuesday.  Then we will get back into the novel Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume.  The main focus will be working on summarizing the chapters as we read. 

The first grade group will be looking at what would happen if one part of a symbiotic relationship were to stop collaborating with the other.  What are the consequences? What would happen if...will be our conversation starter for many great conversations this week.  The kids will also begin writing poetry based on the book Lemonade, Poems Squeezed from a Single Word. Groups of students will be working with Scrabble tiles to find as many small words using only letters from a larger word, and then using their list of words to create a poem. 

Second grade PA will continue with our math based problem solving unit "The Athenian Secret." The teams have made flags, created a team name, and now are working complicated math and logic puzzles to earn codes from me that will lead to unscrambling a secret message about Greek mathematicians.

The third graders and I are going to be exploring primary sources this week.  When doing any research, using a primary source is always a great starting point.  If, for instance, one is researching FDR, using his own words, rather than a book someone else wrote, a secondary source, is key to understanding the person or event in the best light.  All of the third graders are working on a report about an influential person, we are just going to sprinkle a little PA into the mix using this website as a starting point: http://primarysourcenexus.org/

The fourth graders will be presenting their projects on a brain disorder all week.  I am really excited to see all of their hard work come together in these presentations.  I will also be sending home a study guide for an upcoming neurology test so the students have time to prepare.

This is the final week of Capstone time in class for the fifth graders.  The kids will have this last week in class to work, all of the following week to work at home and rehearse their TED talks, and then the last week of May, the 26th-the 29th, the kids will present their year-long projects to the class.  All of the fifth graders were given their presentation dates in class on Wednesday. I cannot wait to see how my super students are going to change the world!

What is Creative Problem Solving?