Thursday, April 28, 2016

PA and TD for the Week of 5-2

PA permission forms are due on Friday May 6th. 

PARCC testing is over for all of the PA kids, but this week our schedule for PA and TD will be different because I'm going to be screening our new batch of kindergartners for next year on Monday afternoon, and the whole school will be doing the last CBM testing of the year on Wednesday and Thursday.  Here is what we will be working on...

Kindergarten TD is going to begin to learn about grammar.  We will be playing a few games using my huge jar of scrabble tiles to make groups of nouns, verbs, and adjectives in teams.  This group loves to play learning games so this should be a fun way to introduce grammar to my littlest friends. 


First Grade TD has been  reading a lot of fairy tales with me!  This week, we will continue to read some of the classics, but then we will take a twist.  We will be learning about fractured fairy tales.  Fractured fairy tales take a traditional tale and flip it all around.  Our work will start with my favorite, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. 
Second Grade TD has changed a bit.  With one month of school left, and next year's Project Arrow group identified, I'm only going to work with the kids who will be in Project Arrow moving forward.  This year I was able to work with 65% of all second graders and we learned a lot together.  Moving forward, last week my new PA group created a time capsule that we will open on the last day of 5th grade.  That was fun!  This week, we will be reading an article about the lighting of the Olympic torch in Greece, and going deeper into the construction and architecture of the Parthenon.

3PA will complete our Ancient Egypt unit this week with a look at the reign of Cleopatra.  The group will also be taking a final assessment on our journey through this ancient civilization. 

4PA will complete their summative essay on everything we have learned during our neurology unit.  I smiled when group all said the three hours I told them they would have was "not nearly enough time" to write all that they had learned.  So, I'm going to give the kids more time this week, and then we will move into our final unit of the year.  We are going to learn about the life and poetry of Emily Dickinson.  I added two links under "student resources" that the kids can explore to begin to get to know this poet. 

5PA will have all week to work on their Capstone projects.  

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