Monday, December 16, 2019

PA and TD for the Week of 12-16

KTD Lit will be playing a game I call "Dictionary Dash" this week.  Pairs will use dictionaries in a race to find different words based on clues I give the group.  

KTD Math will be using laminated hexagons to break apart the number 100 into as many math problems they can think of. All of the hexagons connect into a large hive showing how many ways the kids can think of to show the number 100. 

1TD will continue reading with me this week, and discussing the books they check out for their book boxes. Last week, the group discussed books with diverse characters, comparing how we were similar and different from the kids we read about.

2TD has done a great job with our reading workshop model.  This week, we will continue to read books selected by the students, and discuss them in reading conferences.  We have also been working on giving book commercials during our time, creating a community of readers.  It's nice to see kids getting excited about a book a classmate has enjoyed and then reading it based on the recommendation. 

3PA will finish up our poetry theme project this week. The kids found some interesting poems to pair with all the stories we have read this semester.  The rest of our time will be spent working on a project that focuses on the identity of each student.  Kids will be bringing in five items that that represent their identity, writing a paragraph about each item, and sharing them with the group. 

4PA will finish reading their contemporary Newbery winning novel this week, and we will compare it to Call it Courage which won the prize in 1941. I am looking forward to our discussion on how literature for children has evolved from the 40's. 

5PA asked last week to focus all of our time in class this week on their Capstone research, and I agreed to give them the whole week to work on their projects to make the world a better place. 

Have a wonderful winter break! I'll see you in 2020!!

Monday, December 9, 2019

Monday 12-9

There will be a guest teacher in PA/TD today. I slipped yesterday, my hip is angry, and moving around is quite uncomfortable. I’m sure, after a day of rest, that I’ll be ready for the rest of the week. See you on Tuesday. 

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

PA and TD for the Week of 12-2

KTD Literature students will be reading two books with me during their time in TD this week.  We will read The Goose and the Golden Egg and Teddy Bear for Sale looking for connections between the two stories.  The Monday group did an outstanding job of finding connections!

KTD Math will be solving a video math problem in three acts.  This problem focuses on estimation strategies and complex counting using a soccer player juggling a ball using different parts of his body.

1TD will get new books for their book boxes, we will continue to read and conference about their independent books, and we will also be reading a set of more diverse picture books for a speech next week.

2TD will focus our reading workshop this week on summarizing and retelling using student selected books. I have been very proud of the kids in this group as they settle into our new routine and structure.  The books the kids are reading are more complex and I'm getting to know them better as readers.

3PA will finish up their "Ugly Duckling" identity time lines this week.  The pairs did a great job of working together on this project and their time lines show their understanding of what shapes someone's identity.  Next, we will be reading a short story titled "The Green Man" about a mythical man who lives in a forest, and has a complex identity that is shaped by many forces.  We will be discussing the text through the lens of change and identity for the week.

4PA will say goodbye to The Secret Garden this week.  Yesterday, the class finished their watercolor paintings, and they are all very proud of their work.  Today, we will take a gallery walk to look at all of the paintings and discuss how each artist showed the magic in the garden. Our next unit will focus on the Newbery Medal, a prize given to one book for middle grade learners each year.  The class will learn about the criteria used to select the winning book each year, and then begin reading the 1941 winner Call it Courage. After we read the novel, we will discuss why this book was selected and if we agree.  The class will then all pick a more modern Newbery winner to compare with the 1941 winner.  Has literature for children evolved? How and why has the writing for kids changed?
Call It Courage - by Armstrong Sperry (Paperback)
5PA began the week reading a poem by Billy Collins titled "On Turning Ten" about the things that change as kids grow up.  The class will begin writing their own version of this poem celebrating all of the things that make childhood magical.  Thursday will be another Capstone day, and on Friday we will begin reading several articles about the two sides on the GMO debate. 

My Wish for my Students