Tuesday, October 15, 2019

PA and TD for the Week of 10-15

No KTD Literature this week because we had Monday off and there is a 3-5 author assembly today.

KTD Math will continue to work on the strategy of doubling numbers or multiplying by 2.  I need a rematch with Mason who took me down five times in a row on this game last week.  

1TD will continue our work with identifying the elements of fairy tales in books they have in their book boxes from our trip to the library last Friday.  The kids and I will also finish up "Jack and the Beanstalk" and identify elements as a group during this shared reading experience. 

2TD will have one more week as members of the mock Caldecott Medal committee.  On Friday, we will make our selection.  So far, The Scarecrow by Beth Ferry and illustrated by The Fan Brothers seems to be a class favorite.  It's a beautiful story and the illustrations are stunning. 
The Scarecrow
3PA have met Lisa and Todd in our new novel The Girl Who Owned a City. This book ties into The Green Book as both texts are about survival and change.  In our current read we are thinking about a world with no adults and how kids would survive on their own.  We will be doing a lot of thinking and planning just like the characters in the novel as we continue to read. 

4PA will stay on the moors of England this week as we continue to explore and peel back the layers of The Secret Garden.  The kids are charting examples of Mary's evolution and the many metaphors connected to her in the novel. We are also planning for a watercolor painting project when we finish the book. 

5PA will spend the week having a Socratic Seminar, using questions they wrote, about the stories we have read by Ray Bradbury.  The group is quite excited for the discussion.  
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Monday, October 7, 2019

PA and TD for the Week of 10-7

KTD Literature will actually read Free Fall this week, a wordless picture book, and complete a story map in pairs about the story.

KTD Math will be working on doubling numbers on dice while playing a connect four type of game. 

1TD will start the week learning about the elements that make a fairy tale a fairy tale.  After brainstorming a list of what they know about the genre, I will add to what they develop, and we will begin reading a variety of stories to see if they match the criteria. 

2TD did a fantastic job reading past winners of the Caldecott Medal and discussing why each book was worthy of the prize.  This week, we will be reading contenders for the 2019 medal and evaluating them using the Caldecott criteria.  
The Proudest Blue (ebook) The Undefeated (ebook)Image result for a stone sat still
3PA has designed an invention that will make life easier for the people of Shine, interviewed a classmate for input, and used that input to refine their ideas.  This week, the kids will create their invention and share it with the group.

4PA is doing an amazing job with The Secret Garden.  We will continue to read this week and take notes on Mary, Martha, Dickon, Colin, imagery, symbolism, and metaphors we find in the text.

5PA will have some time to complete their essays on "The Veldt" this week and we will read one more Ray Bradbury story.  "August 2026, There Will Come Soft Rains" is our final story, so the kids will be working on writing open questions about all of the stories we have read by this iconic author for a Socratic Seminar. On Thursday, we will begin The Capstone project. The first step is to examine what the kids are passionate about. Many more steps to come, but for the remainder of the year, Thursday will be Capstone Day. 
Image result for august 2026 there will come soft rains

Thursday, October 3, 2019

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Kindergarten Literacy Talent Development was going to read the wordless picture book Free Fall with me this week, but the concept wasn't fully understood by the students, so I switched my plans up.  We watched the short film, posted below, as an example of a wordless film.  The kids and I watched and developed the idea of the story together and even discussed how colors and music help tell a story.  Next week, we will be reading Free Fall, because now they understand how wordless stories work.  Everyone should watch this Oscar winning short animated film.  Imagine a world with no books!!!  

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

PA and TD for the Week of 10-15

No KTD  Literature   this week because we had Monday off and there is a 3-5 author assembly today. KTD Math  will continue to work on the ...