Welcome back! I hope everyone had a great two weeks off from school. This will be a shortened week of PA and TD as I will be giving CBM tests to grades K-5 all day on Thursday and Friday in the LMC. Here is what we will be working on in PA and TD.
Kindergarten, First, and Second grade Talent Development students will only be coming to see me twice this week. We are going to explore the Caldecott winning picture book from 1999 titled Snowflake Bentley. This is the true story of Wilson Bentley (1865-1935) who was the first person to photograph a snowflake under a microscope. The students and I will read the book, and then explore some of his original photographs to discuss the patterns and geometry of individual snowflakes. The students will also be creating their own snowflakes in this creative thinking and geometry activity.
Third and Fourth Grade PA will spend our three days together exploring alliteration, collaboration, and creative thinking using the amazing picture book Anamalia by Graeme Base. Groups of students will be creating their own page for this book, writing an alliterative riddle, and working to find as many ways possible to use the letter of the alphabet they are randomly assigned in their large scale illustrations.
Fifth Grade PA will also be exploring a picture book by Graeme Base this week, The 11th Hour. This is a book with over 1,000 hidden messages and clues to help the reader discover who ate the feast at the main character's 11th birthday party. A light, fun, yet challenging group activity to start the new year. The 5th graders will have one hour on Thursday and Friday during their regular PA time to work on their TED talks we began before break. All the students know that this project will be presented during the week of the 12th.