Kindergarten Talent Development is starting off the year celebrating International Dot Day 9-15ish, yes it's a thing. This day is based on the book The Dot by Peter Reynolds. I read the story to all of the kindergarten classes during the first week of school, and this week, all of the students in KC will be coming to my room to make their own dots, but there's a twist. Mrs. Furstenau is going to use an app to turn the dots into 3D dots that she can project on the Smartboard in the LMC when she meets with all our newest Bobcats. So cool!
First Grade Talent Development is also starting off the year with some fun activities that I will be doing with the whole class. All of the first graders will be coming to my room to create a class book based on the Chris Van Allsburg book The Z was Zapped. Teams of students will work together to make their own version of this alphabet book. Here are a few examples from the book...
Second Grade Talent Development is going to be for all the classes to start off the year as well. The second graders will be visiting my room to create story maps for images from another Chris Van Allsburg book, I love his writing! We will explore The Mysteries of Harris Burdick to better understand story elements.
3PA will begin to explore a theme that runs through all three years of PA, change. We will discuss the idea of change and try to create categories of change. The kids will be reading a short story by Cynthia Rylant titled "Shells" in order to pull out examples of change that fall into the categories we brainstorm. We will also begin to examine the theme, or the central idea, of a text.
4PA is going to be learning more about key literary elements this week using some poetry and a short story. The kids and I will read the poems together and use the text to identify the theme in the texts. At the end of the week, students will be writing their own version of the poem "Famous" by Naomi Shihab Nye. If we get through that, we will begin a short story titled "The Power of Light."
5PA will review the change generalizations we learned about last year and then put that learning into action with a very special picture book by Quint Buchholz titled The Collector of Moments. This is a long picture book so we will be spending several days reading and discussing the complex themes and messages. If you hear your children talking about hearing the music in paintings or talking about deaf horses, that's from me. This is one of the amazing illustrations from the story about Max and the Professor...
Have a great long weekend!