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.
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.