Friday, September 21, 2018

PA and TD for the Week of 9-9-24

K-2 Talent Development will continue working on the same projects from last week, but with new groups.  I'll be meeting with every primary student to do a few fun projects that require some out of the box thinking.

3PA will finish reading The Green Book this week.  The students will be writing in their journals from Pattie's point of view, and we will discuss how the characters respond to challenging situations.  This conversation will evolve into a project we will be working on next week. 

4PA has begun our journey to Misselthwaite Manor in The Secret Garden. Our focus this week will be recording observations about the four main characters and how they change throughout the story.  We will also be annotating the text looking for examples of metaphors and symbolism. This text is rich with both, and a complete understanding of the story requires a developed understanding of both of these literary elements. 

5PA had deep conversations about the article " The Cosmic Perspective" written by Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson last week.  What was going to be one day, turned into three.  So, this week, we will begin the Ray Bradbury Story "The Rocket" about a dad who takes his family on a journey to Mars.  The fifth graders will then begin working on a hexagon hive that links "The Scythe", "All Summer in a Day", "The Cosmic Perspective", and "The Rocket". I anticipate some amazing conversations as teams link these five texts into a cohesive hive of hexagons. 
Image result for the rocket by ray bradbury

PA and TD for the Week of 10-15

Kindergarten TD will continue working on decomposing numbers using hexagon hives.  Last week, one of the groups came up with 81 ways to make...