Friday, May 26, 2017

Have a Great Summer!!!

Thanks for all the hard work and creativity this year kids!  See you in August when PA and TD will begin again.  To my 5th grade friends, Hill is lucky to have you! 

5PA will meet on Wednesday for one final Capstone.

2TD will meet on Wednesday and Thursday.

I'm in end of the year meetings and finishing up the administrative sides of my job the rest of the week, and then off to Door County for the whole summer. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Ultimate Paper Airplane Challenge

Next week will be the final week of PA and TD for the year.  I wanted to spend some of our time finishing up what we have been working on, and some of our time having some challenging fun as well.  All I'm sharing now are these three websites...hmmmm...I wonder what it might be???  You might want to try a few of these to warm-up.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

PA and TD Next Week

I will be giving CBM tests to our K-1 students next week, so we will only have Friday groups.  5th grade will have laptops to continue to work on their Capstone Project during their PA time.   

We watched this video today on tips for giving a great TED talk, I recommend everyone watch it again as our presentations begin in 8 school days. Our schedule is below, and parents are invited to come watch your kids.

Capstone Schedule 1:00-2:00

Monday 5-22
Jayden, Charlie, Will

Tuesday 5-23
Megan, Mehar,  Dhiraj

Wednesday 5-24
Lucas, Felipe, Martin

Thursday 5-25
Abhilasha, Jack,  Zoe

Friday 5-26
Ethan, Sarah

Wednesday 5-31 Make-ups

Friday, May 5, 2017

PA and TD for the Week of 5-8

Thank you for everything you did to make Teacher Appreciation Week so special.  All the notes, treats, gift cards, and flowers were very kind.

KTD spent last week going through different nonfiction and fiction stories looking for text elements common to each.  As a group, they came up with almost 50 ways they are unique!  We will start off our week learning about what a Venn diagram is using a math game I found: Next, the kids will make one big diagram comparing fiction and nonfiction text features. Then, we will be learning about captions found under photos in nonfiction books and we will be writing some of our own using a slideshow I created with photos of animals.

1TD will continue our work with protagonists and antagonists this week as we explore a variety of books. Teams of students will be making T charts to show what they pulled out of the stories. Later in the week, we will be using Scrabble tiles to have a verb battle!

1CD finished up their ultimate tree houses with me on Friday, so this week, we are going to create a creature that is able to survive in a very inhospitable habitat, inside a volcano. What adaptations would it need? What features does it have? How does it hunt? What does it eat? How does it survive the temperatures? Teams of kids will pool their ideas to create a new creature!

2TD will explore more secrets of The Parthenon this week. Did you know the restoration took over 30 years and cost more than $100,000,000! As the most copied building on Earth, and an enduring symbol of wealth, power, and democracy, we will explore how they put the pieces back together again.

3PA will end our Egypt unit on Monday as we finish examining the fall of Ancient Egypt, was it really a massive drought? We will have to see what the soil samples from the area show in the documentary we started on Friday. We will end the year reading a Newbery winning novel, The Watson's Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis. This is a story of a family from Flint, MI who takes a summer trip to Birmingham in 1963. We will be talking about family bonds, racism in the South during the 60's, bullying, friendship, guilt, blame, and the good times people have with those they love.
4PA have all cut out the six panels for their Emily Dickinson houses. This week we will finish the designs and put them together. Look for them outside of the PA room. The week will end with an examination of our personality types using the Meyers-Briggs test. This will lead to a final neuroscience project to end the year.

5PA is almost done with the Capstone project! This week, the bibliographies are due on Tuesday with 20-30 sources in APA format, and the class will put the finishing touches on their visual to go along with their TED talks. As I write this, the PTA is supervising the whole school while they watch the movie of The Tale of Despereaux. Best part of my day was when the whole fifth grade group asked if they could bring laptops to the gym and sit in the back to work on their projects. That's a cool way to end Teacher Appreciation Week.

Monday, May 1, 2017

PA and TD for the Week of 5-1

KTD will be exploring the differences between fiction and nonfiction books this week.  Teams of students will be making  Venn diagrams showing how the texts are similar and different. 

1TD will be learning about common traits of protagonists and antagonists in fiction stories.  Teams of kids will be reading a variety of picture books and creating an infographic poster that shows what these characters have in common. 

2TD will continue to work on their posters comparing life in Athens to life in Sparta.  Later in the week, we will be watching a PBS documentary on the Parthenon.

3PA will finish up our Ancient Egypt unit this week.  The kids will be designing a set of stamps showing important moments in Egyptian history.

4PA will be creating a "Little White House" honoring a poem by Emily Dickinson.  This project was inspired by an art show in Amhurst, MA where artists created an outdoor exhibit on the grounds of Emily's house.  
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5PA is nearing the end of our Capstone journey.  This week, the solution writing is due, and we will continue to add to the visuals that will pair with the speech.  

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