Thursday, September 14, 2017

PA and TD for the Week of 9-18

There will not be PA or TD on Monday for the final day of CBM testing.

PA Curriculum Night is Thursday from 6:00-7:00 in the LMC.

KTD will continue making dots this week.  I will be finishing up with KP and moving on to KJ.

1TD will continue working on making pages for the grade level ABC book based on The Z Was Zapped by Chris Van Allsburg.  The creativity I have seen from the first graders has been fun to be a part of.  This week, I will move on to 1K and 1R.

2TD will be completing the toothpick logic problems with me this week.  I will be meeting with the second grade team this week to develop the first small group that will be seeing me regularly for the first quarter of school. Groups are developed collaboratively using classroom observations and assessments, my experience working with these students in the past, and we will review the recent CBM data as well.  TD groups in K-2 are flexible and the students will rotate throughout the year based on what needs the classroom teachers are seeing everyday for higher-level literacy instruction.

3PA will continue to explore the fairy tale "The Ugly Duckling" written in 1844 by Hans Christian Andersen.  Our focus will be looking at the story through multiple perspectives and finding elements that contribute to the theme of the classic story.

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4PA began the Isaac Singer short story "The Power of Light" on Thursday, and we will be looking at elements of the writing for most of the week.  We created a list of new vocabulary words that we will sift through to start the week.  The kids will be looking for examples of our PA change generalizations in the text, and then I will be sharing a novella by Michael Morpurgo titled The Mozart Question. This is the story of a group of musicians who were forced to play music at German concentration camps as prisoners were loaded off the trains.  It is a story about hope, light in the darkness, and the power of shared experiences.  We will be looking for connections between the two texts as we share this reading experience. 
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5PA only had time to begin seeing what America was like in the early 1950's when Ray Bradbury was writing some of the texts we will be exploring this quarter last week, so this week we will continue to build background knowledge and then dive in to "All Summer in a Day" on Tuesday.  We will be having our first Socratic Seminar this week to discuss the story.

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Monday, September 11, 2017


You will hear more about the Indian Prairie Project Arrow PTA at PA Curriculum Night, 9-21 @6:00, but you can find the meeting schedule, and more information at the link below. I will have membership forms for you all on the 21st. 

Friday, September 8, 2017

International Dot Day 9-15

International Dot Day
International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot on September 15, 2009.

The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe.

And each year on International Dot Day – with the help of people just like you –the inspiration continues. What started as a story in the pages of a book is transforming teaching and learning around the world as people of all ages re-discover the power and potential of creativity in all they do.

All of the Kindergarten students have spent time in Mr. Schumann’s Talent Development classroom during the first weeks of school reading this story and making their own dots.  

Brookdale Kindergarten Students should wear something with dots on September 15th to celebrate making their mark! 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

PA and Talent Development for the Week of 9-11

I will be giving CBM tests to all of our kindergarten and first grade students on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday this week.  These are one one one assessments that can take up to 30 minutes per student, so I will only be seeing my students on Monday and Thursday this week.

Kindergarten TD has been making amazing dots as we prepare for International Dot Day on Friday.  We would like all the kindergartners to wear dots to school on Friday as we celebrate creativity at Brookdale.  The kindergartners are going to make their mark and see where it takes them. 

First Grade TD will continue our work with the ABC book The Z Was Zapped. Students will be coming to see me in small groups to work on their own page for a grade level book.

Second Grade TD will continue with whole group lessons this week.  During our time this week, I will be asking the kids to solve complex logic problems using toothpicks.  Yes, it is going to be challenging, and frustrating at first, but I know that with some time and logical and creative thinking, the kids will feel successful.

3PA will finish up our work with "Shells" by Cynthia Rylant and begin reading the classic fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen "The Ugly Duckling" written in 1844.  The kids and I will be looking for story elements that contribute to the theme. 

4PA will be learning about allegories this week.  The kids and I will be reading an allegory by Eve Bunting titled The Terrible Things. An allegory is a story with a hidden meaning, usually a moral or political one.  This story will lead us into the next few weeks of reading. 

5PA will be entering the fantastic world of Ray Bradbury this week.  The 5th graders the last three years have devoured Bradbury's writing.  We will begin our unit with some context of the time when Bradbury was writing the stories we will be reading, early 1950's America.  Then, our first piece will be a short story titled "All Summer in a Day" about a special day on Venus. 

PA Curriculum Night is the 21st from 6:00-7:00 in the LMC.

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