Thursday, March 3, 2016

PA and TD for the Week of 3-7

Kindergarten TD will continue our reading of Judy Blume's Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing this week.  The kids will be working on reading fluently and creating a character map for Fudgie.

First Grade TD is going to be learning about idioms this week. "Going bananas", "raining cats and dogs", and "seeing eye to eye" are all examples of when we say one thing, but really mean something else. The kids are going to make a six-sided idiom ball that they will bring home at the end of the week. 

The first graders had a tornado drill during their time today, so we didn't get to play the NASA Rover game.  Here is a link: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/robotics/home/ROVER.html#.VthgCPkrIdU 

Second Grade TD took longer than I planned to create their Olympian family trees last week, so we didn't get started on the creation of the 13th Olympian God or Goddess.  This week, we will begin this fun project. 

Third Grade PA will begin a Google Slides project this week comparing modern life to life in Ancient Egypt.  The kids will be researching what life was like 5,000 years ago in Egypt. We will learn about family life, food and cooking, cosmetics and bathing, clothing, housing and furniture, entertainment, government, sports, religion, architecture, and medicine. 

Fourth Grade PA is working on finishing up their brain disorder projects.  The work is going well, and all of the kids have done an excellent job with the research and creation of a Google Slides or Pow Toon presentation.  I hope to have the kids present at the end of the week, but that is flexible based on how far everyone gets.  I don't want this to be a homework assignment, so I'll see how close to completion everyone is by Wednesday so everyone has time to practice their presentations.

Fifth Grade PA will have a three day Socratic Seminar based on the two books everyone has been reading.  The focus of the seminar will be how the life experiences an author has are mirrored in his or her writing.  We will also be working on the Capstone project, aiming for 30 sources by 3-16.  

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