Tuesday, February 19, 2019

PA and TD for the Week of 2-19

KTD Math will be exploring some building challenges this week with a game I bought at the IAGC convention.  We will be using Brain Builders to create different structures. 
Mindware Keva Brain Builders
KTD Literacy will be exploring the differences in text features by comparing fiction and nonfiction books to see how they are different from each other.

1TD did a great job with their first chapter book reading with me last week.  This week we will be exploring two new short novels and discussing how the point of view of different characters shape the story. We will be reading the Newbery Honor novel 26 Fairmount Ave by Tomie DePaola and Teach Us, Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish. 
Image result for 26 fairmountTeach Us Amelia Bedelia ( Greenwillow Read-Alone) (Hardcover)

2TD just got to the part in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory where Charlie found the golden ticket.  The group is loving this shared reading experience and are taking copious notes about the five children and how different they all are.  We will continue reading this novel together this week.

3PA has finished learning about the ten greatest discoveries of Ancient Egypt.  At the end of PA today, one student said, "These ancient people really did a lot of modern things!" which is so true.  The rest of the week will be spent going on virtual tours of the 63 tombs found in The Valley of the Kings using a link I have on the website.  

4PA will continue our introduction to neuroscience using the book Broken Arrow Boy by Adam Moore.  Adam suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was in fourth grade.  By learning about what happened to his brain, we will begin to understand what certain parts of the brain are responsible for and how the brain works.

5PA will be diving into some philosophy this week as we explore conformism and individualism using the picture book The Big Orange Splot. After reading this short book, we will be discussing questions like: Which is better, being like everyone else or being different? Is it ever okay to be like everyone else? If so, when? We will also be reading a poem by Billy Collins titled "On Turning Ten" and writing a version of our own that celebrates childhood and dives into the transition to middle school.

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