Monday, November 18, 2019

PA and TD for the Week of 11-18

KTD Lit will focus on sensory images and personification in stories during a shared reading of The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton. 

KTD Math will spend another week with the visual perception game SET.  This is a card game that focuses on patterns, shapes, numbers, colors, and how the shapes are filled.  It is a great family game and the kids caught on pretty quickly last week.

1TD will all be adding books to their book boxes this week, but one book is going to have a main character that is very different than the student reading it. We will be celebrating diversity and learning how to give a book commercial, a quick two minute book talk that will be shared with the group.  

2TD is now a pretty large group of 17, the two smaller groups merged last week.  We are doing more of a reading workshop model now where students are reading self selected texts, conferencing with me, and journaling about a specific topic, this week the theme of the text or the central idea of the text will be the topic of our journals.  

3PA is reading a classic story from 1843, Hans Christian Andersen's "The Ugly Duckling" as a way to discuss identity.  How is the duckling's identity shaped by the interactions he has with different characters?  The kids will be developing a storyboard with captions showing how his identity developed. 

4PA will complete our work with The Secret Garden this week with a watercolor painting project showing the garden when it was barren, growing, and in full splendor.  Each painting will be paired with a quote from the story and include visuals that reflect some of the symbolism and metaphors we found in the text. 

5PA will finish their TED talks on Monday, work on our capstone projects on Thursday, and the rest of the week we will be reading a chapter from Little Women looking at how Jo was able to impact many systems in her family. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019


Conferences are coming up next week, and I’m looking forward to speaking with parents about how students are progressing in PA. My philosophy with parent teacher conferences always includes the students first. The students are the most important part of what I do as a teacher. Please bring your child to our conference, they need to hear feedback about their progress and set goals moving forward. I structure conferences as a conversation between me and your child, one you are a part of, but the main participant is the most important person in the room, your son or daughter. I’m looking forward to our conversations.

I wasn’t able to update the website this week at school because I need to use my phone’s fingerprint ID to have access to make any updates, and use a secure code sent that requires that feature. My fingerprint feature on my phone isn’t working, but it is on my iPad. I’m upgrading my phone this weekend. 

Monday, November 4, 2019

PA and TD for the Week of 11-4

KTD Math will work on an estimation and adding problem using graham crackers. We will watch a video showing a few crackers from the box, followed by more information about how many crackers are in one sheet, one sleeve, and  how many sleeves come in a box.  The kids will need to work in teams to figure out how many crackers are in a box. You can watch the problem here:

KTD Lit will be story mapping the book Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner this week.  We will explore this wordless book about a cat who finds an alien spaceship inside a cat toy.  The kids will be identifying the characters, the setting, the action in the story, the problem, and the solution. 
Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner - Used (Acceptable, missing dust jacket) - 0618756612 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company |
1TD will be having guided reading conferences using the books we checked out last week in the LMC.  I will be listening to the kids read, discuss the story, and try to get to know the students better as readers so I can help them make better choices for the books they check out when they are with me in TD. 

2TD will have our last week looking at the picture books that are on the short list for this year's Caldecott Medal. At the end of the week, we will take a vote for the winner and the Honor book for 2019.  

3PA will finish reading The Girl Who Owned a City this week.  The kids will continue to chart examples of change as we read, and they will begin planning for a project we will begin based on the novel.

4PA will have our first Socratic Seminar based on  The Secret Garden this week, mostly focused on symbolism and metaphors.  The class is also working on writing a feature article about one of the characters at the end of the book, and 20 years in the future.  The group is doing a great job with this project, but will only have Monday in class to work this week.  Finishing the article will be homework that needs to be shared with me by Friday. 

5PA will begin researching for their TED talks about a young person who was a catalyst for change. The students have converted the TED research organizer to a Google Doc, and will have all week to work on gathering information from multiple sources. 

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