Thursday, February 13, 2020

PA and TD for the Week of 2-18

I apologize for not updating the website last week, the flu has been running through Brookdale, and it ran into me.  Here is what we will be doing next week in PA and TD.

KTD Literature will read the book Perfect by Max Amato.  We will talk about how making mistakes is just another way to learn things and creating a fun picture using big pink erasers!
Image result for perfect book by max amato
KTD Math will be working on estimation using two different three act video problems.  First we will try to estimate how many small bottles of ketchup can be filled by a whole bottle, and then we will try to extend patterns using post-it notes using mental estimation.  then, the kids will all build the pattern with their own post it notes to see if their estimations were correct.

1TD will use their imaginations next week as we discuss all the things that can pour out of a broken crayon.  We will use the pictures the kids create for an upcoming writing lesson as well.  We will also go to the LMC to fill up book boxes.  I am so excited to see the growth in their choices in what texts they want to check out.  

2TD has shown a lot of growth over the last few weeks.  They have been working in teams on posters of lesser known civil rights activists, and we talked a lot about revising, organizing, and listening to their partner's ideas.  It was a nice evolution to see.  This week, we will be generating a list of long words they know, with as many letters that they can think of.  Teams will pick two of the words to write a "Lemonade" poem, a poem where all of the words in the poem have to be squeezed from the big words, and the poem needs to be all about the big word.  This activity was inpired by the book Lemonade and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word which we will be reading as well.
Image result for lemonade and other poems
3PA has been doing a wonderful job researching many parts of Ancient Egypt and the Pyramids at Giza.  Pairs of students are now using all of their newly learned information to create a Google Slide Show.  I am very impressed with how well they are following the only direction I gave them for this project, organize it as a story.  The show should take the audience on a journey that follows a narrative and the organization of the ideas should be logical.  I am excited to see them continue their adventures through the world of Ancient Egypt.

4PA began doing some exploratory research on different neurological disorders last week.  This week, each student will select one of the three disorders they explored to go deeper into researching.  This research project will not be about the disorder, simply stating facts and checking requirements off of a list.  Instead, the kids will tell stories about the people and families affected by the disorder and share the facts and statistics through the eyes of people who have the disorder.  We have watched a few stories in class, and they made quite an impact.  I shared the story of one man who was diagnosed with ALS, but wanted the end of his life to be about kindness, so he drove around in a Krispie Kreme bus and gave donuts to people and spoke to them about kindness.  I've posted the clip above. 

5PA has been reading an annotating their autobiographies and are doing a fantastic job.  This week, we will finish reading the autobiographies and move onto a piece of fiction written by their author, this time annotating for examples of how the life of the author can be found in the pages of their fiction.  We will also work on Capstone projects on Thursday.