Thursday, August 30, 2018

PA and TD for the Week of 9-3

It's that time of year again, CBM testing for our K-1 students.  These assessments can take up to 50 minutes for each student and they are given individually.  I will be working with the entire support team to administer these tests on Tuesday and Wednesday, so I will not be meeting with my groups on those days.

KTD will continue our author study of Peter Reynolds on Thursday and Friday.  We will be reading Ish and Beautiful Dreamer.  I posted the video of Peter Reynolds and how he can create anything by simply starting with a dot. 

1TD will begin exploring the book The Z was Zapped this week. 

2TD classes will be diving into the Chris Van Allsburg story The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. This is one of my favorite books of all time because of the thinking it encourages.  
Image result for the mysteries of Harris burdick
3PA has started off the year in spectacular fashion!  We only have two days, so we will continue our work from last week and explore the short story "Shells" by Cynthia Rylant. 

4PA will be finishing their version of the poem "Famous" on Thursday.  On Friday, we will review the concept of change, the categories of change, and start reading a short story set in Poland during World War II titled "The Power of Light" by Isaac Singer.

5PA was so absorbed in The Collector of Moments, some kids have three pages of notes in their Google Drives with clues that will lead to the theme of the story.  Groups of kids will be working on a visible thinking strategy called "color, symbol, image" to share their thoughts about the book on Friday. 

Ready Set Draw-ish! Peter H. Reynolds' THE DOT

Friday, August 24, 2018

PA and TD for the Week of 8-27

Kindergarten Talent Development small groups will not begin until the first week of October, but I will start working with our newest Bobcats on Monday. This week, I will be seeing each class in my room to begin an author study of Peter Reynolds.  Over the next two weeks, I will be reading four of his books to the kids. We will be using these books for a project later this month.
1st Grade Talent Development will also begin with a few whole class activities this week.  I will be meeting with all four first grade classes to share two picture books.  Please, Open This Book and Ted. These are fun and engaging stories that students love.  I'll be introducing myself to the kids and explaining what my job at Brookdale is all about during our 40 minutes together.


2nd Grade Talent Development will also begin with whole group activities this week. Our first week will be similar to first grade, just a few fun stories and introductions.  I will be sharing The Book With No Pictures and The Wreck of the Zephyr with all three second grade classes

3PA will begin our journey by discussing a reoccurring theme in the PA curriculum, change.  The kids will be exploring categories of change in order to develop some generalizations about change.  How do things change? What causes change? Are there different types of change? We will use these generalizations all year long, but will begin applying them to a short story by Cynthia Rylant titled "Shells." I have already shared all of the documents the kids will need to their Google Drives.  Please make sure to charge your Chrome Books up because we will be using them almost everyday in PA this year.

4PA is staring off the year with some poetry.  We will be using two poems to explore different literary elements that we will learn about during our first semester together.  The kids will be reading "Birdfoot's Grandpa" by Joe Bruchac and "Famous" by Naomi Shihab, both poems are already in their Google Drives.  Teams of students will be working to identify examples of different literary elements in the poems and working to pull out the theme of each piece.  We may have time to begin writing our own version of the poem "Famous" by the end of the week. 

5PA might be my favorite grade to start the year with because of the opening activity I have done the last five years. I will be sharing a very complex picture book that takes about three hours to read and dissect titled The Collector of Moments by Quint Buchholz.  Finding the theme will be the primary focus, and we will end the week with applying this theme to the work we will do in PA all year long.  You might hear the kids asking about why its not good to be a deaf horse and listening to the music coming from art...but I promise it will all make sense.  The documents the kids need are already in their Google Drives.  

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

PA Times

3PA will meet M-F 10:20-11:10

4PA will meet M-F 2:25-3:25

5PA will meet M-F from 12:00-1:00

Please bring a one inch three ring binder to PA during the first week.  We will be doing a lot of our work on the Chrome Books this year in an effort to go paperless, but I still have some old school paper projects as well.  

Thank you all for the kindness you have shown me since my accident.  It means a lot. See you this Friday for our first day! 

My Wish for my Students