Tuesday, January 21, 2020

PA and TD for the Week of 1-21

KTD Lit will be doing a shared reading of Rumpelstiltskin this week.  This is a more complex text, so we will be reading it together, making predictions, and identifying major story elements.

KTD Math is gong to work on converting two dimensional pictures into 3D structures using Brain Builders.  This should be a fun week of creative thinking and teamwork.  
1TD will spend half of our time learning about captions in nonfiction texts, and writing some of our own using unique snowmen images. We will also be going to the library to fill up book boxes with some new books.

2TD will be using a variety of online sources to research some of the key events and people involved in the civil rights movement for a writing activity.

3PA remains in Egypt this week.  Now that we know the story behind the Great Pyramid at Giza, we will learn about the construction process.  How the stone was quarried, moved across the Nile to the building site, and how the stones were put into place.
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4PA will finish Broken Arrow Boy this week.  Adam's story has showed the kids so much about how the brain works and what happens when part of it is damaged.  At the end of the week, we will begin an essay about his story and what it taught the class about traumatic brain injuries. 

5PA will be starting a new unit this week centered around autobiographies written by authors of children's literature. The goal of the unit will be to understand how the life experiences of writers find their way into the characters and fiction stories they created.  Kids will be picking their books on Tuesday from a collection of about ten titles I have in the PA library.  

Friday, January 10, 2020

PA Progress Reports

PA progress reports will come home with the kids today in backpacks.  I will be giving them to the kids in PA.  Have a safe wintry weekend. 
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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

PA for the Week of 1-7

Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a nice two weeks off and is ready to begin 2020.

3PA will begin to explore Ancient Egypt this week.  We will be learning about the pyramids at Giza, what they represent, how they were built, who built them, and what mysteries they hold.  This is a great introduction to Egyptian societal structure, religion, and mythology.  

Pyramid by David Macaulay - Used (Acceptable) - 0395214076 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company | Thriftbooks.com
4PA will begin our neuroscience unit this week by learning about a 4th grade boy named Adam Moore. Adam had an accident when he was at a Boy Scout camp that changed his life forever.  Listening to Adam's story will introduce the kids to the brain, what different parts of the brain do, and what happens when the brain experiences trauma.  
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5PA will continue their research on genetically modified organisms in the human food system.  The kids will be working in pairs to finish their research and develop arguments both for and against the use of these products for a Socratic Seminar and a class tug of war using post it notes.  

Monday, January 6, 2020

2020 TD Welcome Back

Happy new year, and welcome back. I’m excited to have every kindergarten, first, and second grader come to my room this week so I can share a few picture books. My TD groups won’t be meeting so I can welcome back all the primary students with a 30 minute read aloud to inspire a love for new stories. Reading books aloud to kids is essential to their development as learners, take back bedtime parents and read together. 

My Wish for my Students