Wednesday, February 6, 2019

PA and TD for the Week of 2-11

KTD Math will learn about the magic cross with me this week.  The kids will be tasked with creating different magic crosses using the numbers 1-5 in a cross pattern that have the same horizontal and vertical sums. Here is an example...
KTD Lit will spend the week with the wordless picture books of Aaron Becker, specifically his trilogy Journey, Quest, and Return. We will examine the use of color and what role it plays in telling the story, and also what the colors represent in the theme of the books.
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1TD is going to read a short novel this week, Nate the Great, by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat.  This is a beginning chapter book, and there are dozens of Nate the Great books that the kids can check out and read on their own.  We will be using the text to examine point of view and the main idea and supporting evidence.  The kids will use laminated hexagons and dry erase markers to link ideas connected to these two topics. 
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2TD will begin reading the Roald Dahl classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory this week.  We will be developing fluency and focusing on how the points of view of the children in the novel help to shape the content of the story.
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3PA spent their time in the classroom during PA testing reading the book Pyramid that went into greater depth than the documentary we watched in PA. We will discuss the detailed notes they took and what additional information they found in the text.  This week, we will explore the top ten greatest discoveries of Ancient Egypt.  The students will see the unfinished obelisk of Aswan, Khufu's boat, the treasures found in King Tut's tomb, and other ancient wonders.  I will also share information that was discovered on February 2, 2019 in the Egyptian city of Minya.  40 new mummies were found just days ago.  You can read about it here: NY Times Egypt Unveils Dozens of Newly Discovered Mummies
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4PA will present their Google Slides about The Harlem Renaissance beginning Monday.  The students were guided by 8 questions that connect to PA standards, and then given the opportunity to explore any aspect of this period of American history.  We will see projects on actors, musicians, fashion, poetry, and the history behind The Great Migration.  By mid week, we will transition into a unit on neuroscience.  I'm going to introduce this unit using a book written by a fifth grader after an accident that resulted in a traumatic brain injury when he was at a boy scout camp.  Adam Moore's story explains what different parts of the brain do, and what happens when they are injured.  The book shows his sense of humor and his courage through his recovery.
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5PA will finally present their TED Talk about a catalyst for change.  Everyone should be ready to go on Monday.  I'm excited to watch what the kids have been working on during PA testing. 
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