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, October 5, 2020
PA and TD for the Week of 10-5
First grade TD: This week we will be reading a new picture book by The Fan Brothers, The Barnabus Project. In this wildly imaginative tale, Barnabus, a half mouse half elephant pet, was viewed as a failure and would not be sold at the "Perfect Pets" pet store. He and his friends find out they are going to be recycled, so they plan their escape. The students will be creating their own perfect pet, an extension of the mini lesson on character traits that will be the focus of our time.
Second grade: I am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James is a special book. This is a new book in my library, but one that I will be reading for years. The text is verse like, and celebrates all the things and people that make us who we are. We will read and discuss the text, and then students will write an "I am" poem of sorts that shares part of what makes them who they are.
3PA: We started to explore Egypt last week and the group did an outstanding job absorbing a lot of new information and vocabulary. We have already touched on ancient Egyptian society, religion, farming, mythology, the role of the pharaohs, and we are beginning to learn about the family dynamics in Khufu's world. This week, we will continue our journey back in time as we continue the documentary film Pyramid. I suggested that the kids look on Destiny for books to reserve on ancient Egypt for curbside pick-up from the LMC.
4PA: The kids will be presenting their Google Slides on the Harlem Renaissance beginning on Tuesday. It was so interesting to see who the students selected to research, the directions were to pick artists who spoke to them and had connections to their own interests. So, we will be learning about some of the amazing people who were a part of this artistic explosion, but we will also learn more about each other as a group. Once everyone has shared, we will review important literary elements like imagery, symbolism, metaphors, theme, mood, tone, and figurative language to prepare for reading the poetry of Langston Hughes. The first two poems we will read are "Freedom's Plow" and "Dream Deferred", but we will explore and analyze many of his poems in the next two weeks.
5PA: We began our week being introduced to the poet Emily Dickinson, we watched a 30 minute documentary about her life and family. I think it's important to get to know the poet before we read their writing because it helps understand the context and themes woven into the lines of verse. Dickinson's poems are condensed and packed. This makes pulling meaning from them very challenging because so much can be interpreted from a single word. The kids and I will review important literary elements and then begin exploring some of her works. There are links to her complete works under student resources.