First Grade TD small groups also begin this week. The first graders will be coming to my room to create their own page for The Z Was Zapped. I will be seeing every first grader over the next few weeks to do this activity.
Second Grade TD will begin our small group adventure with a poetry activity based on the book Lemonade and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word. Pairs of students will be working together to create as many small words using letters from a larger word using Scrabble tiles. The pairs will then write a short poem using only the smaller words about the larger word.
3PA is going to start our first novel of the year, The Green Book by Jill Patton Walsh. This science fiction tale explores what it would be like to have to leave Earth and go on a voyage to another planet to develop and call home. The students will be working on developing their understanding of our PA change generalizations as we go through the novel.
4PA finished two readings of the short story "The Power of Light" last week. This week we will be using hexagons to show thematic connections that text has with a novella that we will be reading titled The Mozart Question. Both stories are set during WWII and tell different stories of survival and triumph. The students will create their own categories of connections that they will code using different colors of dry erase markers on laminated hexagons. The hexagons will be put together in a hive, but each side that touches another hexagon must show a connection between the two stories.
5PA is about to embark on a literary adventure into the wonderful world of Ray Bradbury. We will begin our journey with a powerful story, an allegory of sorts, set during the Dust Bowl. A farmer, his wife, and their two children are driving west, searching for work after their farm blew away. They run out of gas near a small farm house surrounded by a huge field of wheat, but the farmer discovers that the field, and the old man who used to tend it, are not what they appear to be. The kids and I will be reading "The Scythe" all next week.