Thursday, October 31, 2019

Newbery Medal Winners 1922-2018

4th grade, get ready for our first Mock Newbery Award reading challenge! All our Brookdale 4th graders will be able to read 25 outstanding books published in 2019 that are eligible for the 2020 Newbery Medal. More information will be coming home soon. 

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

PA and TD for the Week of 10-28

KTD Lit will have two days with me this week as we explore creative thinking using the books Not a Box and Not a Stick. The students will be re thinking what shapes and lines can be, and making new creations using their creativity and imaginations. 
Not a Box; Board Book; Author - Antoinette PortisNot a Stick; Hardcover; Author - Antoinette Portis

KTD Math will be working with addition and strategic thinking this week as we make more magic crosses using consecutive counting numbers to create identical vertical and horizontal sums using five note cards.  

1TD is headed to the library to replenish books boxes with more challenging texts for independent reading in the classroom.  We will also be story mapping one of my favorite picture books Creepy Carrots. The format of the story map is called "Claps" for characters, location, action, problem, and solution.  
Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds - Used (Good) - 054578042X by Scholastic Inc. |
2TD is in full swing with round two of students exploring picture books published in 2019 in contention for the Caldecott Medal.  The kids are evaluating and judging the illustrations and the text using the criteria used by the Caldecott committee. 

3PA is more than half way done with the novel The Girl Who Owned a City.  We will continue to evaluate changes happening in the text, and discuss how Lisa has become a catalyst for change in her neighborhood.

4PA has finished The Secret Garden!!! This week, teams of kids will be charting examples of symbolism and metaphors on table sized Post-it notes placed around the room.  These will be used for a Socratic Seminar early next week.  The conversations I overheard yesterday as students pulled examples from the text show a very detailed understanding of this complex text. The 4PA students will also be working on writing an article about one of the characters in the novel, but set 20 years in the future.  

5PA will begin work on a TED Talk this week about a young person who was a catalyst for change in their community and made a positive impact on a system for good.  I have a list of 22 change agents that will serve as a jumping off point for the students, but they can research any young person who has made a change for good in their community.  Yesterday, all the students got a research organizer, a TED Talk guide, and there are examples of talks on the PA website.  We will be working on this project for the next two weeks or so, and presenting their five minute presentations in class.  
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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Ms. Clawson, Teacher Feature Article

The 4th graders are going to begin an assignment next week inspired by our very own Ms. Clawson.  She was featured in an article yesterday in the Naperville Sun, you can read the article using the link below.  The 4PA kids will finish The Secret Garden by Monday, and then will be writing their own feature article on one of the characters in the novel set 20 years after the story ends.  What would Dickon be doing? How is Colin? What is Mary up to twenty years after the book ends?  The students will be using this article as inspiration for this project. 

Jorie Clawson, a teacher at Brookdale Elementary School in Naperville, rode her bike for 112 miles when she competed in the 2019 Ironman Wisconsin competition in September. She was also required to swim for 2.4 miles and run for 26.2 miles. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

PA and TD for the Week of 10-21

KTD Literature explored the world of clouds in David Weisner's book Sector 7. It's amazing how much detail the kids were able to extract from a wordless picture book.  On the last page, we met a character we will be reading about next week.
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KTD Math will be using five consecutive counting numbers to make a magic cross this week.  A magic cross will give a student the same sum, adding three numbers horizontally and vertically.  We will start with index cards with the numbers 1-5...but the challenge will continue with different combinations and larger consecutive numbers.  
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First grade TD will be reading two different stories during their time with me this week to determine if one, both, or none are fairy tales.  We will read a version of The Sword and the Stone and Little Bear's Visit.  I will also continue to meet with kids for reading conferences using books from their book boxes. 
Little Bear's Visit by Else Holmelund Minarik - Used (Good) - 0808527363 by Perfection Learning Corporation |
Second grade TD switched groups on Monday and eight new kids are going to be evaluating past winners of the Caldecott medal and reading many books published in 2019 to pick a winner from this small group.  In three weeks, both groups will merge for a debate on what book should be given this year's medal and honor medal. 
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3PA finally got to the secret supply place in The Girl Who Owned a City.  The kids and I will continue to read this novel together and look for examples of change, and we will begin to make plans of our own, imagining if this virus really did spread around the world.
The Girl Who Owned a City (ebook)
4PA needs to finish reading The Secret Garden by Friday.  The class is continuing to examine Mary's evolution and look for examples of symbolism and metaphors in the text.  Next week, we will begin discussing the layers in the book, the characters, the house, and in the garden.  Get ready for a watercolor paining project as well.  The kids have been planning this as they have read the text so far.  

5PA will conclude our very vibrant discussions on the Ray Bradbury stories we have read over the past weeks.  The students will also be using their passion examiners for their Capstone project to write a brief proposal for their idea to make the world a better place by Friday. 

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. 
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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

My Wish for my Students