Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Our First Week Back 8-24

Each week, I will update this website with everything the kids in PA and Talent Development will be working on.  Our first day will be Monday the 24th, and this is what we will be working on...

Kindergarten Talent Development will begin in Late September, but I will be meeting with all of the students this week to share an awesome book, The Dot, about how everyone is an artist. Over the next few weeks, all of the little guys and gals will be coming to my room to create their own dot!

First Grade Talent Development: I will be meeting with every first grader this week to share my favorite picture book, Bad Day at Riverbend by Chris Van Allsburg.  This is a great story to introduce inferential thinking. I will be modeling making inferences with the text and setting the stage for next week's activity.

The Second Grade Talent Development will start the year off with an activity using optical illusions and connecting this visual idea to the more complex texts we will read together this year.  We will also be learning about figurative language, starting off with imagery, how words can paint a picture in your mind or impact your senses.  To illustrate this, we will read the 1940's classic picture book The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton.  I will also be collecting some baseline data on the students to use as a benchmark for growth during our time together. 

Third Grade Project Arrow is starting the year with the concept of "change", a theme that will cycle through PA all the way to fifth grade.  What is change, what categories can you put change into, and where are there examples in literature? We will be using a short story by Cynthia Rylant titled "Shells" to find examples of the variety of changes we will be discussing. There will be a short homework assignment for the 3PA kids on Thursday night connected to our investigation of change. On Friday, I will be collecting some baseline data on the students to use as a benchmark for growth during our time together. 

Fourth Grade Project Arrow will begin the year by learning about generalizations we make in the texts we read and the supporting evidence in the text that allow readers to make them. The class will be reading a short story by Isaac Bashevins Singer titled "The Power of Light" about two kids in Warsaw during World War Two. We will use the text to make generalizations and reinforce the categories of change we used in class last year.  On Friday, I will be collecting some baseline data on the students to use as a benchmark for growth during our time together. 

Fifth Grade Project Arrow is starting the year by investigating the concept of a system.  What are systems? What defines a system? What different types of systems are there? Teams of kids will be working together to create a diagram that shows the inputs, outputs, boundaries, elements, and interactions of a system.  I'm also planting a seed in the minds of the new fifth graders that will grow into the year-long project we will develop called "The Capstone." The kids will be discussing their passions, and how their passions could impact a system for the better. There will be a short homework assignment connected to this work on Thursday night.  On Friday, I will be collecting some baseline data on the students to use as a benchmark for growth during our time together.  


PA and TD for the Week of 9-17

PA Curriculum Night is Wednesday the 19th from 6:00-7:00 in the LMC. Kindergarten-Second Grade TD will be continuing the small group work ...