Tuesday, April 25, 2017

PA PTA Fundraiser

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Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to
support IPPA PTA. Come in to the Chipotle at 2856 S. Route
59 Suite 108 in Naperville on Wednesday, April 26th
between 4:00pm and 8:00pm. Bring in the flyer I emailed everyone, show it on your smartphone, or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to IPPA PTA.

Monday, April 24, 2017

A Message from the PA Classroom Coordinators

Hello PA Families,

I just wanted to reach out to let you know next week is teacher appreciation week.  You will be getting information from your child's classroom coordinator on the events happening that week soon. As we have done in the past, I would like to organize a group gift for Mr. Schumann from his PA families.  If you would like to participate in this, please send the money to school with your child in an envelope for the office for Nicole Briggs. 

I would like to present this gift Monday May 1st. Please send your contributions by Friday the 28th . If you are are unable to get the money to me in time, but would like to contribute please just let me know so I can include it in the gift. We will get him an Amazon gift card, as that is his favorite thing! 
This teacher appreciation gift is replacing the end of year gift like last year.

Thank you for your consideration
Nicole Briggs & Kristen Harding


PA and TD for the Week of 4-24

KTD has become a traveling theater group, sharing our Runny Babbit plays with kids all over the school.  Later in the week, we will be looking at an invention everyone knows about, but we will try to make it even better! 

1TD continues to do a great job examining a variety of picture books looking for examples of different types of symbiotic relationships. This unit will finish up this week. 

2TD will turn our attention to Sparta this week.  The kids will be researching this second city state to compare the systems of daily life and the values of these different parts of Ancient Greece. 

3PA will be presenting their slideshows on three different parts of Ancient Egypt this week.  Monday and Tuesday we will be making our speaker notes and rehearsing.  We will begin presenting on Wednesday.  On Friday, the kids and I will begin examining how the women Pharaohs ruled differently than the male Pharaohs.   

4PA will spend the week exploring the writing of Emily Dickinson.  I have a link on the PA site to all of her poetry, and the kids will be examining her work with a SIFT graphic organizer.  S: examine the title and the text for symbolism. I: identify images and sensory details. F: figurative language, looking for metaphor, simile, repetition, omission, unusual word order. T: tone and theme. 

5PA will be working on their Capstone projects all week.  The first part of the summary is due tomorrow.  

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

5th Grade Capstone Update

I wanted to share an update on where all of the 5th graders should be with their Capstone projects, and an outline of the next month. 

Next Tuesday the 25th, the 3-5 page summary of the research done on identifying the problem is due.  This summary should clearly identify the problem in a clear and complete fashion and be supported with evidence from the research to support your thinking. In text citations should be used to show evidence of the research done.  Nothing too fancy, just (www.mayocline.org) after citing a fact. 

Moving forward, we will spend all five days next week working on refining the solution to the problem the kids developed.  On May 2nd, the next 3-5 page part of the writing is going to be due.  This part is all about the credible, thoughtful solution to the problem that reflects the synthesis of what others are doing to solve the problem, and the unique idea developed by each student. 

The bibliography in APA format will be due on May 9th.  All of the sources that were used should be included.  I have shared this site with the kids to use for this part of the project easybib.com  

On May 12th, the implementation plan will be due. This is the realistic timeline for how to solve the problem from the catalyst of the idea to when the solution to the problem is fully realized. Each step that would be necessary to solve the problem should be in sequence and make sense.  Think of it as a road map for anyone to follow to solve the problem.  The format of this is up to the kids and the length will vary based on the topic.  

The Google slides that will pair with the 20-25 minute presentation and the speech need to be completed by May 19th.  I will be administering CBM tests the week of May 15th, so I will not be seeing any of my groups, but I have laptops checked out for the fifth graders to work on this all week in their classrooms. 

On May 22nd, we will begin presenting.  I will email a schedule and post it on the website.  Parents are welcome to come watch on your child's day from 1:00-2:00. 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

PA and TD for the Week of 4-18

KTD will finish up their Runny Babbit scripts, rehearse their plays, and then we are going on the road to several classrooms to share our work.  

1TD did a great job last week learning about the three types of symbiosis.  This week, the kids will be looking for and recording examples of mutualism + +, parasitism + -, and commensalism + 0 in a variety of picture books. 

1st Grade Creativity Development will meet with me on Friday to design their ultimate tree house!  This is going to be fun. 

2TD will spend the week in ancient Athens.  The students will be working in pairs to complete some research on what life was like in Athens thousands of years ago.
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3PA will be adding a few more slides to their presentations on Ancient Egypt this week based on the top ten discoveries of this civilization. Then, we are going to explore Egyptian language and make our own cartouches
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4PA will take a bit of a "brain" break this week.  We are going to begin a mini-unit on the poetry of Emily Dickinson.  The kids will be learning some background information about the life of the poet, do a bit of independent research on her, and begin reading and dissecting her writing. 

5PA surprised me last week with their work on the manifesto project. The class was very absorbed in creating their work on Canva.  This week, the kids will finish their design, write the accompanying paragraph, and then we will have two days to work on our Capstone projects.   

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

PA Testing Results

Letters with the results of this year's PA testing will be sent home with the students on April 21st.  The letters will include a summary of the scores and explain if your son or daughter qualified for PA next year at Brookdale.  Those students who do qualify will also have a permission to participate form that needs to be returned to school.

5th grade letters will explain if your son or daughter qualified for middle school PA Reading, PA Math, or both. There is also a letter for those students who did not qualify for our middle school programs with a summary of the scores.    

Monday, April 10, 2017

PA and TD for the Week of 4-10

KTD will begin to turn poems from Runny Babbit into a script for a play this week.  Teams of three will be converting the verse to dialogue, creating stick characters, and begin practicing their plays. 

1TD will begin the week by examining specific relationships in nature.  We will be learning about symbiosis, a fancy name for how different species work together.  We will learn about commensalism, mutualism, and parasitism using a Google slide show I made, but then we are going to be reading a variety of picture books that show examples of these relationships between characters. 

2TD will spend the week creating their own 13th Olympian God or Goddess. They will be creating the name, symbols, animals, powers, and an accompanying myth.

3PA  will be working on PARCC testing during their PA time this week, so we will not be meeting. 

4PA did an outstanding job presenting their neurological disorder presentations last week.  Very impressive work for 4th graders!  This week we will be looking at what makes you, you using a PBS documentary by neurologist David Eagleman.  We got through about ten minutes of the film last week in 30 minutes of class because of discussion and questions! 

5PA will begin working on an infographic manifesto this week that defines what the kids each hold true about their place in the world.  We will be looking for quotes from historical figures and authors for inspiration.  This project connects back to the essay we read last week about how one good road is enough to take you to anywhere in the world you can imagine.  Due to PARCC testing, kids will not be able to begin their final copy on canva.com until next week.  The students will also have two days on iPads to continue working on their Capstone projects.  Here is an example of the infographic manifesto...

Monday, April 3, 2017

PA and TD for the Week of 4-3

KTD will spend the week reading the poems and stories of Shel Silverstein.  We will also be working on translating the spoonerisms of Runny Babbit. 
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1TD is writing and illustrating the final copies of their ABC books inspires by Awake Beautiful Child that we began before break.  

2TD is exploring the 12 Olympian Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece using a great website that can be found under the "student resources" section of the PA website.

3PA will spend this week learning about the 10 greatest discoveries of Ancient Egypt.  Two of the ten will be added to their growing slide shows on Egyptian religion and daily life.  Today we learned about Khufu's boat that was preserved in a limestone chamber near the great pyramid and the unfinished obelisk quarry. 
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4PA will begin their neurology presentations on Tuesday. Then we will be exploring the idea of what makes you you using an amazing PBS documentary. 

5PA began the week with a short story titled "Enchanted Sticks."  We are using the story to analyze character traits and how they lead characters to make different choices.  The kids will have Wednesday to work on their Capstone projects, and then we will be reading an essay by Robert James Waller titled "One Good Road is Enough" to examine inspiration and make some generalizations about the writer's spirit of adventure to connect with the fourth quarter theme of moving forward.  

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