Thursday, February 25, 2016

PA and TD for the Week of 2-29

I hope to see many of you at Stem Night on Friday from 6:30-8:00!  Some of the 5th grade PA students will be showing how you can look at your own cheek cells under a microscope along with a few other specimens.  Here is what we will be working on next week in class...

Kindergarten Talent Development did a great job with reading Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing last week, and we will continue our reading this week.  Fudgie thinks he's a dog in one chapter, and he tries to fly in another.  We should have a lot of laughs together!

First Grade Talent Development will be designing their own robots in class this week based on our reading from last week. The animal robot will need to have a meaningful purpose that can help people.  This is going to be a lot of fun.

Second Grade Talent Development will continue our odyssey through Ancient Greece this week.  Teams of kids are creating a family tree of the 12 Olympians, and we will begin to create the 13th Olympian that each student will design on their own.  

3PA will finish up their tomb designs and share them with the group to start off the week, and then we will be reading about daily life in Ancient Egypt.  We will be reading about a typical day for an Egyptian farmer and comparing it to a typical day for an Egyptian nobleman.  Then, we will move into the system of writing used in Ancient Egypt, hieroglyphics. The kids will be reading about the history of this written language, and then we will create our own cartouche, or a big oval with our names written in hieroglyphics.  


4PA will continue our research on a neurological disorder, and I will share the options for the presentations.  This work is going very well and the students have been finding a lot of great information.  The key part of the presentation will be to humanize the disorder by telling the group stories of people living with the disorder, not just a list of facts.  The kids and I have been talking about what it means to be a storyteller and how to weave facts into a narrative that will be engaging for the audience.  

5PA will be completing their work on the "color, symbol, and image" activity based on their autobiographies this week, and everyone will be checking out a work of fiction by the author of their autobiographies.  The kids are going to read the novels, annotate them, and then prepare for a Socratic Seminar focused on how the life of the author is reflected in their writing.  

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