Thursday, October 13, 2016

PA and TD for the Week of 10-17

Kindergarten Talent Development will be working with the wordless picture books of David Wiesner this week.  You can see his books here:  Our focus will be on story structure and story elements.  

First Grade Talent Development will continue to work on our writing project from last week, and we will also begin a new writing project based on the Caldecott Honor book Creepy Carrots. Pairs of students will be writing their own version of this book, but with a twist.  The kids will be writing "Frightening Fruit" stories.  I've done this project for the past two years with first grade and the final books have been amazing!
Second Grade Talent Development will continue our work with Mr. Popper's Penguins this week.  We will be discussing mood, tone, the theme of the text, and groups will be looking for examples of change as we move through the novel. 

Third Grade PA will be working on the school design project based on the novel The Green Book that we finished last week.  The teams will be designing the school using materials available on planet Shine, creating a relevant list of classes that will be taught, creating essential questions for each class that will show what is to be learned, and creating a presentation that will be shared in PA. We will set a due date for this project on 10-21. The journal from the point of view of one of the characters on Shine is due on Monday.  

Fourth Grade PA will continue our work with The Secret Garden this week.  We will be having a Socratic seminar using questions the kids developed and the class will begin working on an essay responding to one of three questions that were shared last week. 

Fifth Grade PA will work on examining the "passion" Wordle that we created last week in order to develop an idea for the Capstone project.  The kids will also be reading our last two Ray Bradbury stories, "A Sound of Thunder" and "August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains."  The kids will be creating questions focused on the writing style of Ray Bradbury and thematic threads that flow through all of the stories we read. 

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