Thursday, November 12, 2015

PA and TD for the Week of 11-16

Kindergarten Talent Development will be continuing our work comparing The Day The Crayons Quit and The Day The Crayons Came Home during our time this week. 

First Grade Talent Development will be finishing up their Venn Diagrams comparing an informational text and a literary text on the same topic this week.  The facts students pulled from the texts were very detailed last week!  Later in the week, we will be moving on to explore a few ebooks and pulling out story elements.

Second Grade Talent Development will begin a novel study using Mr. Popper's Penguins. The students will be working on answering complex questions using evidence from the novel and their own experiences. 

Third Grade PA will continue learning about the eight parts of speech this week, examining the ideas of identity and change using The Girl Who Owned a City, and we will be searching for poems that match the major themes in the novel.  The "child families" in class will also be planning for their future just like the kids on Grand Avenue. 

Fourth Grade PA will continue to review the eight parts of speech this week, and we will begin a new reading project.  Mrs. Furstenau and I have used the recommendations from Anderson's Bookstore in downtown Naperville to assemble a collection of books up for the 2015 Newbery Award.  The kids will all be reading a different book and evaluating it using the same criteria we used to evaluate Call it Courage. The fourth graders will be expected to read their book at home for 30 minutes each night.  The kids and I will be having a multi-day Socratic Seminar discussing the qualities in each story that make it a potential award winner.

Fifth Grade PA has been doing a wonderful job keeping up with the increasing demands of the work we are doing.  By Monday the 16th, everyone needs to have completed their first of the two books, Brown Girl Dreaming or Crossover, and answered the six questions in the packet they all have.  This week, we will be working in four teams to use a Visible Thinking strategy called "Connect, Extend Challenge" to go deeper into the text.  Visible Thinking is a project from Harvard that is influencing my teaching this year and changing the way I am approaching PA.  For more information you can read here: 
For Capstone work at home, please review these expectations with your child:
1) Two times per week, for 20-30 minutes students should be researching their subject at home.
2) Each time students work on the project, they need to fill out their progress log on paper or on a Google Doc.
3) Each time students find a new resource, they need to record it on their resource log on paper or on a Google Doc.
4) For every resource, students should record on their Google Doc what important information they found in their own words with the link to the site used, or the title of the book/article. 

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