Friday, January 15, 2016

PA and TD for the Week of 1-19

Project Arrow Report cards will come home today in backpacks. 

Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade Talent Development groups are all going to continue the creative writing activities we began last week.  The creativity and collaboration thus far has been excellent.  The kids have all gotten off to a good start on these stories and I am looking forward to seeing where the characters will end up.

Third Grade PA will be learning about the system of Ancient Egyptian religion this week.  The students will be exploring different gods and goddesses of this ancient civilization all week long using a variety of online tools.  The students will be investigating the names of the gods and goddesses, how they are depicted, the meanings behind the name, and reading a bit about the mythology that surrounds the deities. 

Fourth Grade PA will continue our work with the anatomy of the human brain this week using three different interactive brain maps.  When this work is complete, we will begin reading the story of Adam Moore, a boy who suffered a traumatic brain injury, or TBI.  When Adam was a fourth grader, he had an accident at summer camp that injured his brain.  He wrote a book about the events titled Broken Arrow Boy, when he was in his own 4th grade classroom. This is an inspirational tale that will help us better understand how the brain works. 

Fifth Grade PA last week was amazing.  The kids all did fantastic jobs on their TED talks, I wish everyone could have seen the presentations!  I was truly impressed with the quality, individuality, and comprehensive storytelling that was on display.  This week, we will finish up the final TED talks and then jump into a new unit. The kids will be reading informational articles about the pros and cons of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the human food supply. My plan is to dispassionately present both sides of this issue, and then see what happens in the classroom.  I have several articles for the class to read and annotate, and then we will prepare for our first nonfiction Socratic Seminar of the year. Remember, that an hour of work each week at home on Capstone research remains part of PA homework.  Students should each have around 25 sources at this point. 

Have a great long weekend!  

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