Thursday, April 21, 2016

PA and TD for the Week of 4-25

Kindergarten Talent Development will be writing stories this week in TD. We are going to combine all of our knowledge about books that we have learned this year to write a story of our own.

First Grade Talent Development will continue our work with Fairy Tales this week.  

Second Grade TD  will be exploring the secrets of the Parthenon in ancient Greece during our time together.  

Third Grade PA  will not meet this week because the students will be taking PARCC tests during our PA time.  

Fourth Grade PA will continue to learn about memory this week, and then we will move into Howard Gardener's theory of Multiple Intelligences.  

Fifth Grade PA will be examining how change promotes growth this week, specifically how scientific change promotes growth in our understanding of the universe.  We will have one Capstone day this week, and the next two weeks of PA will be devoted to Capstone projects.  The kids will have a total of 11 hours in school to complete their projects which are due on May 18th.  The three parts kids are working on are the summary of research, the implementation plan, and the visual to accompany their speech. The specific parts of each are in the PA binders, but here is what I shared with the kids: 

The Visual Presentation:

Relevant to Topic: The visuals in your presentation reflect a complete understanding of the theme of your research.
Engages the Audience: Your visual is dynamic, captures the attention of the group, and draws them into your research.
Inspirational: The visual inspires the audience to your idea to impact the world.
Quality of Visual: The visuals selected show a mature understanding of the topic.


The Summary: 

Clearly Identifies the Problem: Your summary clearly identifies the problem in a clear and complete fashion.
Research is Evident: Your summary is consistently supported with evidence from your research to support your thinking.
Credible Solution: Your summary shows evidence of your thoughtful reflection on the topic to develop a solution that is possible.
Impact System: Your summary illustrates how your idea will impact a global system in a positive way.


The Implementation Plan:  

Realistic: Your plan has a realistic timeline and the sequence is accurate.
Comprehensive: The plan takes the group from the catalyst to full realization of your idea.
Evidence from Research: Your plan reflects the research completed with respect to the logistics, resources, and materials needed for implementation of your idea.

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