Thursday, April 14, 2016

PA and TD for the Week of 4-18

Kindergarten Talent Development will begin the week creating Venn Diagrams comparing the two picture books we read with ants as the main characters to the research we did on real ants.  Next, we will be discussing captions and what they do in the informational texts we read.  I created a slide show with pictures of animals doing some pretty amazing things that the class will be writing captions for.  

First Grade Talent Development is going to begin a unit on fairy tales.  We will be learning about the characteristics of this genre, and then we will be selecting several examples to read.  For each story read, the students will be mapping the features that make the stories fairy tales.  The kids will also be doing some work comparing stories and the fairy tale elements found within these classic stories. 

Second Grade Talent Development will start the week of working with different maps of Ancient Greece.  We will learn about the different bodies of water that surround Greece, find Mount Olympus, and a few of the city states.  The kids will all be taking our first TD test all about Ancient Greece on Tuesday, and on Thursday we will finally begin to learn about the Antikythera Mechanism, and ancient computer of sorts developed in Ancient Greece. This is what it looks like...
Third Grade PA will turn our attention to the Queens of Ancient Egypt this week.  The kids will be learning the differences between the ruling style of male and female Pharaohs.  Then, we will begin to explore The Library at Alexandria and all of the connections to what we learned last year about Ancient Greece.  Alexandria, named for the Greek ruler Alexander the Great, was actually mummified in the Egyptian tradition and remains in Egypt in his tomb today.  The kids and I will look for all the ways these two ancient cultures merged thousands of years ago.  

Fourth Grade PA is going to be learning all about memory this week.  We will investigate short term memory, long term memory, explicit and implicit memory, autobiographical memory, and we will be making connections to a certain Pixar film to see if the filmmakers did their neuroscience research when making a film about memory. 

Fifth Grade PA will begin our week with a grammar quiz, and then we will be learning about the subject and predicate parts of sentences.  Tuesday will be a Capstone Day, inching closer to our first presentations one month from Monday. Later in the week, we will be reading a short story titled "Charles" about an imaginative kindergarten student.  The kids will be sharing their own Charles moments on a graffiti wall in the classroom.  The week will end with the long anticipated book Enigma, I didn't forget Patrick, where the kids will need to find clues in the story to unlock a combination safe on the final page.   

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