Thursday, September 3, 2015

PA and TD for the Week of 9-8

I hope that everyone has a great extended weekend.  This is what we will be doing in PA and TD next week...

Kindergarten Talent Development will continue with the kids coming to my room to create a dot.  Mrs. Cunningham's kids are all finished, so next week I will move on to Mrs. Blessing's students. 

First and Second Grade Talent Development students are going to be reading poetry next week, a lot of poetry.  We will investigate how poetry is different from prose and our main focus will be determining the theme of a poem.  I have selected works by Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, William Shakespeare, Roald Dahl, Dylan Thomas, and a few others to read as a group.  I'm looking forward to great discussions about what the poems mean. 

Third Grade PA will begin reading a short novel titled The Green Book by Jill Patton Walsh.  It is a science fiction story about a group of refugees from Earth who are forced to relocate to another planet, a place the new residents call Shine. I will be weaving the change categories we have discussed so far this year into our conversations as we read, and we will also examine the challenges faced by the people in this foreign world. The kids will soon be working on a project connected to the challenges faced by characters in this fast paced book. 

Fourth Grade PA will be learning about dilemmas faced by characters in the texts that we read this week using a thought provoking short story from China titled "The Old Man and his Affectionate Son." I'm sure you will hear about the dilemma in the story at the dinner table next week.  The kids and I will be discussing the central idea in the text, and then looking at the issue through the eyes of all stakeholders. The discussions should be amazing!  We will also be reading a Native American poem titled "Birdfoot's Grandpa" to find thematic threads to the short story, novella, and poems we read about WWII in class.

Fifth Grade PA will be going back in time this week to the 1950's and 1960's.  I have gathered a few video clips for the group to watch to build some background knowledge about life in another time, the time of master storyteller Ray Bradbury.  The kids will embark on a unit dedicated to his suspenseful science fiction stories beginning with the 1954 story "All Summer in One Day." We will also be learning about a method to discuss literature that we will use for most the year, a Socratic Seminar.  I cannot wait to begin reading these stories with the kids, my students last year fell in love with his writing! 

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