Kindergarten whole group literacy enrichment will continue this week with a great picture book for October! We will be reading Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds. Last week we met the main character, Jasper Rabbit, in Creepy Pair of Underwear, and this week we will be exploring Jasper's fear of creepy carrots. The kids will also be creating their own frightening fruit!
Monday, October 19, 2020
Monday, October 5, 2020
Kindergarten TD: I continue to meet with whole classes to do enrichment lessons using picture books. This week, we will focus on reading the pictures, using the illustrations to enhance our understanding of characters and story elements. I picked two of my favorites for our time together, Jon Klassen's This is Not my Hat and We Found a Hat.
Monday, September 28, 2020
Kindergarten students this week will be focused on painting their houses to look like their dreams. I'll be reading the picture book The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Manus Pinkwater, a story about a neighborhood where all of the houses look the same until Mr. Plumbean gets a wild idea!
Monday, September 21, 2020
3PA wasn't able to see the short story "Shells" on their Chromebooks because the link was blocked, so we read it together on Monday. The group will still be working in pairs looking for examples of change in different categories on Tuesday. Then, we will be reading a few picture books to find examples of change as a group and the week will end using a novel students will pick from home.
4PA will be discussing the short story we read last week, "The Power of Light" in a whole group Zoom seminar. The kids and I will also be reading a short novel titled The Mozart Question that has many thematic connections to the short story. We will be discussing examples of change and looking for thematic connections as a group.
5PA began thinking of a problem in the world that they would like to find a solution to on Monday, the beginning of their Capstone Project. This week, the students will begin to do some research on the problem, to show that their idea is actually a problem. We will also be looking at a poem by Billy Collins titled "On Turning Ten" about all the things that change when we reach double digits. The week will end with the class writing their own version of the poem that celebrates childhood.
Sunday, September 20, 2020
Monday, September 14, 2020
We had a great opening to our year in PA! Each week, I will be updating our website with the focus for the week, so I won't be sending you a link for Curriculum Night as the classroom teachers will. I also put an active link to our class Zoom meeting on the top right of the PA website for easier access. Here is what what we will be working on this week during our time together.
For K-2, Talent Development small groups will not begin until October, but I am still going into teach whole group lessons with each class.
3PA will begin the week discussing the concept of change. This will be a theme that will run through all of the PA curriculum. What types of things change? How do they change? Can we categorize change into different groups? Once we have a better understanding of change, we will be reading a short story by Cynthia Rylant titled "Shells" that will generate conversations about the idea of change. A link to the text is in Google Classroom.
4PA will review the concept of change and the change generalizations we used last year to begin the week. The kids and I will then be reading the Isaac Singer story "The Power of Light" about two young people in Warsaw during World War II. A link to the text in in Google Classroom along with the matrix.We will use the text to work on the change matrix that I shared with the class.
5PA will finish reading The Collector of Moments and discuss what the theme of the text is and why the author wrote this story. Then, we will begin discussing The Capstone Project which the kids will work on all year. The Capstone Project is all about an idea to make the world a better place. We will start off by examining our passions in life. The idea to make the world a better place will be tied into something your child is passionate about. Lots more come on this in the weeks ahead.
Have a great week!
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Welcome back! PA will begin on Thursday, day one we will be off and running. Our first two days in 3-5 will be spent discussing the changes to school this year and how we will adapt. The Peter Reynolds book, Ish will be our starting point this year, because we really have school-ish going on. What will school look like and feel like during this ishy year? See you on Zoom! Everyone should have received and email from me with our permanent Zoom link and a Google Classroom code for Thursday.
Monday, May 18, 2020
Monday, May 4, 2020
Sunday, May 3, 2020
Saturday, May 2, 2020
Sunday, April 26, 2020
3PA: Create a way to share your own personal ranking of the top 10 discoveries of Ancient Egypt. Number 1 should be the most important and 10 is the, while still amazing, the least important on your list. 1-10...create your list and fully explain your choice, 1-10, in any way you want.
4PA: We left off with reading poetry by Langston Hughes, who wrote about life 100 years ago in Harlem, NY in the 1920's. I wanted to take you on a trip through a period of time known as The Harlem Renaissance during our last weeks together. This week, explore this link: http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/interactives/harlem/faces/index.html
We can talk on Thursday about what you can create or share about your thinking.
5PA: Capstone is back, optional, but I know my students want to share their plans to make the world a better place, and it's a good time for big picture problem solving. So kids, basic Mr. Schumann directions, by now I bet you know them already:
- Create a way to share facts from your research, provide evidence, that the problem you want to fix is, in fact, a problem.
- What is your idea to fix the problem.
- Format is your choice.
- Due May 25th, as we discussed on Friday kids. I'm so proud of you guys.
Monday, April 6, 2020
3rd Grade April 14th @3:00
4th Grade April 16th @3:00
All I want you guys to do is escape into a good book. We can travel anywhere in books. I know that you kids have about 50 books from the PA library, just keep them until they can be returned to school. If you need a good book recommendation, visit here: https://www.librarything.com/catalog/brian_schumann/yourlibrary
I will be posting some links each week that any student at Brookdale can use at home. Stay well friends, and I will see you on Zoom, and in person when it is safe.
Wonderopolis is a fantastic website to get lost in, exploring things that you wonder about: https://wonderopolis.org/
Fold and Fly is a fun website with dozens of paper airplane designs that you can use to pass the time: https://www.foldnfly.com/index.html#/1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-2
I know this is going to be difficult news to absorb kids, but we will get through this and be back together again when we can. I'm sending you my love.
Kindergarten whole group literacy enrichment will continue this week with a great picture book for October! We will be reading Creepy Carr...