Friday, October 12, 2018

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 ten.  I was stunned in the best possible way!  This week, the numbers will get larger.  My literacy group will continue to work with wordless picture books by David Wiesner.  We will be exploring the Caldecott winning picture book Flotsam. 
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First and Second Grade TD will continue to explore fairy tales and look for elements in the stories that make this genre unique.  I have about 40 different picture books the students will be using for this unit.  The second graders will have the extra challenge of learning about fractured fairy tales and comparing them to the original versions.  

3PA is having deep conversations about what the world would be like with no adults.  How would they take care of their siblings?  Where would they get food and supplies?  The kids are charting examples of change on a matrix as we read and discuss The Girl Who Owned a City by O. T. Nelson.

4PA had our first Socratic Seminar on Thursday, and it continued into Friday.  Two hours and four questions, that's the kind of thinking I just love to see.  This week, the students will be using a rubric to evaluate their classmates as participants in the seminar.  We will also discuss a watercolor project, an exploration of impressionism in the art world, that will show the secret garden in three stages of development in the story.

5PA has an interesting week ahead of them.  Family Reading Night is Wednesday beginning at 6:30.  I will be opening the show by reading the first chapter of our "One Book, One School" novel The One and Only Ivan.  The kids in 5PA are going to write the trivia questions read over the intercom twice a week for the other students in the school to answer to win prizes. That's not all, I split the group into six teams.  These teams each have a grade level K-5 to focus on.  Their task is to develop questions that are appropriate for all six grade levels, come up with companion texts or poems or picture books for each grade level that have a connection to The One and Only Ivan, and develop project ideas for the students to do in their classrooms.  I will be sharing their work with all of the teams in the school, and the classes will use our work in their classrooms as they read the novel.  I'm really excited to see what these amazing learners develop for all the Bobcats.  
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