Thursday, October 27, 2016

PA and TD for the Week of 10-31

Kindergarten and First Grade TD will be talking about "feeling" words and alliteration this week as we read the picture book Walter Was Worried. The kids will be brainstorming feeling words and talking about times when they have had the feeling.  Then, everyone will make their own portrait and hiding their feeling word in their image.  Can you spot the feeling word in this picture? 
Second Grade TD will continue with our poetry theme from last week.  The kids and I will be reading the book Lemonade and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word. The concept of the book is to take one large word and then scramble up the letters to see what other words can be made using only the letters in the large word.  The kids will be brainstorming long words, and then using Scrabble tiles, generating a word list, and finally writing a poem using those words that is about the original word.  
Third Grade PA will be focused on how our identities are shaped by our experiences and how those experiences change us using the novel The Girl Who Owned a City by O.T. Nelson.  The story begins after a global plague that kills all people over the age of 12.  The children are now in charge and need to figure out a way to survive on their own.  The story is set in Glen Ellyn, IL where I grew up, in a neighborhood much like Brookdale. This novel always sparks amazing classroom discussions, I'm sure you'll hear about it at the dinner table. 
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Fourth Grade PA will begin the week with a tug of war using post-it notes comparing the quality of storytelling in the novel The Secret Garden to the film version we watched in class.  Then we will shift gears by learning the criteria that determine which book is awarded the Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to children's literature. The kids and I will visit the Newbery website to see which books have won the medal in the past, and then we will begin reading the winner from 1941 Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry. 
Fifth Grade PA will spend the week developing an idea for their Capstone project.  We will be going deeper into the "passion examiner" that they have been working on, finding quality articles on the topic, and writing a proposal for their idea to make the world a better place while making an impact on a system.  I added several new links in the student resources section of the website that I would like the kids to use when researching their topics.  

My Wish for my Students