Friday, October 5, 2018

PA and TD for the Week of 10-9

KTD will look a bit different this year.  There are going to be two math groups and two literacy groups seeing me each week.  Each group will be 40 minutes and focus on the same math or literacy skill.  This week the math kids will be working on decomposing numbers using hexagon hives, and the ELA group will be exploring wordless picture books.  You can watch the Academy Award winning animated short film I shared with the kids on Friday, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, that I posted on the website.  We are working on developing story sense when books have no words and we need to figure out the plot for ourselves. 

1TD will continue to explore fairy tales with me this week.  The kids will be reading a variety of fairy tales and charting how the stories fit into the genre based on the elements we created last week.  

2TD will also be reading a variety of fairy tales and working on comparing traditional tales to fractured fairy tales in pairs.  The teams will also be looking for the elements that all fairy tales have in common and recording specific examples from the text to show their understanding.

3PA learned a lot about the importance of communication and planning when working on a group project last week.  The Green Book posters are almost complete and show a deep understanding of how characters responded to change in the novel.  This week, we will begin reading the O. T. Nelson novel The Girl Who Owned a City, a novel very similar to The Green Book, but also vastly different.  The book begins after a plague has killed all people over 12 years old in the world.  The kids need to figure out how to survive in a world with no adults.  How will they get food, shelter, medicine, and make things work again in a world with nobody to guide them?  This book is set in Glen Ellyn, IL where I grew up and has a lot of connections to how Pattie and her family figured out how to make things work on Shine.  

4PA has gone deeper into The Secret Garden than any other group I have read this novel with so far.  The depth of their thinking about metaphors and symbolism has been truly impressive.  As we approach the halfway point in the novel, we will be discussing how Mary has evolved, how this happened, and who has helped her change.  We are about to meet Colin and Archibald Craven, and the predictions the kids have made about these two characters will be discussed at length. 

5PA will travel back in time, 65 million years ago, on an adventure only Ray Bradbury could have imagined as we read "A Sound of Thunder."  We will have our first Socratic Seminar of the year discussing the connections between the six short stories we have read so far, as well as Bradbury's writing style and what makes him unique as a writer.  All of the questions will be written by the kids, the discussion will be moderated by different student leaders each day, and students will be assessing classmates using a rubric developed with student input.  
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