Thursday, February 4, 2016

PA and TD for the Week of 2-8

PA testing is over, so our normal schedule is back!!!  Here is what we will be working on this week. 

Kindergarten Talent Development will be reading a wordless picture book by David Wiesner titled Free Fall.  The story is about a boy who falls into a book while dreaming.  We will be mapping out the details in the story, then we will draw things we all dream about, and finally we will go to the LMC to find a book that looks like our dreams to read and talk about. 

First Grade Talent Development will be using Pebble Go, an online database of stories, facts, and biographies, to do some research on an inspirational person that they have never heard about before. It's always fun to learn about something completely new!

Second Grade Talent Development will begin a unit on Ancient Greece this week.  The kids and I will be learning about the concept of a system, the elements in a system, and the inputs and outputs of different systems.  I will be introducing the 12 Olympian Gods of Ancient Greece, and the students will begin doing some research on the mythology of this amazing civilization. 

3PA will be exploring a book about how the pyramids were constructed in Ancient Egypt this week.  Last week, we watched most of a documentary film that provided great background knowledge about these structures.  The students each took about 4 pages of notes with facts and details we learned.  This week, we will compare what we saw last week with a text about this wonder of the ancient world.  We also have a special guest coming to class this week. There just happens to be a Fulbright scholar from Egypt visiting Naperville for a semester at North Central College. Egyptian Scholar, Maha Mourad, will be coming to Brookdale on Tuesday to speak with the kids about Ancient Egyptian society and religion.

4PA will begin a research project on a neurological disorder this week in class. Each student will be exploring three of the disorders I have under the "4PA Neuroscience Links" tab on the website, and then selecting one to use for an in depth research project and presentation that we will be working on during PA for the next few weeks.

5PA will have the whole week to work on their Capstone projects. I have arranged "Capstone Conferences" with each student so we can check in and set goals for the next few weeks.

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