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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