Monday, November 30, 2020

TD for the Week of 11-30

 KTD Math will be learning an addition trick using five consecutive counting numbers. When the numbers are put into a cross shape, you can find many combinations that give an equal horizontal and vertical sum. We will be challenged with the magic cross puzzle. 

KTD Lit continues our reading of the wordless picture books by David Wiesner.  This week, we will be exploring Sector 7, to see where clouds are made in a huge factory in the sky, and how a field trip to NYC ends with a cloud coming home with a student.

1TD will spend our time discussing the differences between characters in two Dr. Seuss stories, The Sneetches and The Zax. We will learn about going beyond the surface when looking for differences, no boys and girls, surface differences for these kids.  We will look at personalities and character motivation to go deeper in our thinking. 
2TD This is our first week of small group talent development in 2nd grade, welcome! This week, we will learn about fables, a genre that may be new to many of my new students.  What characteristics are common in fables? What do these stories aim to show the reader? Can we find fables with common themes? We will explore the world of Aesop, using his complete online anthology. 






PA for the Week of 11-30

 3PA will be sifting through all of the information and facts we learned about the top ten greatest discoveries of Ancient Egypt this week.  The kids will be asked to pick only five of the discoveries to include in an individual Google Slide project, the five discoveries they believe shed the most light on this ancient civilization.  On each slide, kids will pick images to include and a paragraph, written in their own words, about the history of the discovery, the when and where, and then what the discovery told us about Egyptian life that makes it important.

4PA will finish reading the story Broken Arrow Boy early this week followed by a comprehensive discussion about what we learned about the complexity of the human brain as a result.  Then, students will begin exploratory research about three different neurological disorders.  There is a section on this website for "4PA Neuroscience Links" with all of the information the students will need for this research.  Once facts have been gathered and recorded on the form in Google Classroom, each student will pick one of the disorders to use for a project we will be working on until Winter Break.

5PA wore me down, in a good way, with their enthusiasm for creative writing based on a collection of photographs taken under magnification that I shared with the group weeks ago.  As I shared the photos, everyone started to think about stories.  So, I posted link to a collection of photographs taken over the last 45 years of small life to use as inspiration for a collaborative writing experience.  Teams of three selected images for the setting, protagonist, antagonist, problem, and solution which will be used in crafting this tale.  Before the kids start writing, they will be working on the back story, what the reader does not know before the story begins, this is called the exposition in literary terms.  Good writing begins with knowing the story and characters before the drafting begins. 

Sunday, November 15, 2020

No PA Material Pick Up

I do not have materials for PA students to pick up from school this week. My plan is to do as much learning using online resources through winter break to make things easier on the students and Brookdale families. There will likely be a pickup in January with materials for 3rd quarter. 

5PA

 This week, students will be finishing up their Veldt essays, continuing with Capstone research on how to make the world a better place, and we will be reading a Ray Bradbury short story about a brief summer day on Venus. 


4 PA

 The 4PA group will continue to learn about how the brain works, what happens when the brain is injured, stories of people who have had brain injuries,  and the science behind the most complex organ in our bodies. We will begin a lengthy research project on a neurological disorder after Thanksgiving. 

3PA

 Third grade will continue to explore life 5,000 years ago in Ancient Egypt this week. I posted the documentary we will continue to watch and discuss this week, showing the top ten discoveries of Ancient Egypt. Do we agree that these are the top ten? Was anything left out? We will be discussing these topics in the weeks to come. 

Second Grade TD

 This will be the last week of whole group lessons from Mr. Schumann in second grade. My small TD groups will begin after Thanksgiving, but I want to continue to show students how fun a book or story can be, so this week I’m reading Chicken Big by Keith Graves. Books should bring joy! 


First Grade TD

 This week, we will read a beautiful picture book titled Awake Beautiful Child, a story that follows an ABC pattern throughout the text. After we read the story, students will be writing their own ABC versions inspired by the book. 


Kindergarten Math Talent Development

 Kindergarten Math Talent Development will focus on thinking about numbers and solving problems together. I will be using picture books, live instruction using my dry erase board, and some video lessons this quarter. Please have a dry erase board and marker ready this week. 


Kindergarten Literacy Talent Development




 We are going to have fun thinking about books and reading in KTD! This week we will continue to explore the wordless picture books of David Wiesner, a master storyteller! Mr. Wuffles, Tuesday, Sector 7...we have a lot of stories to figure out. 

Egypt's Ten Greatest Discoveries [Full Documentary]

PBS - Pyramid - David Macaulay

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Talent Development K-2

On Tuesday, Brookdale K-1 Talent Development small groups will begin. The lessons I’ve been teaching to each primary classroom for the last nine weeks have been a lot of fun, but next week my focus will shift to small groups. Classroom teachers will contact the families of the students moving forward with small group K-1 TD through Zoom. Classroom teachers put a lot of thought into these groups using a variety of assessments, and from our ongoing relationships with students. 

2nd grade TD will look different this quarter. I’ll be teaching a higher level literacy lesson with each classroom live on Zoom from 10:30-11:00 every week. 

PA Progress Reports and Conferences

 Progress reports for all 3-5 PA students were mailed today. I will be joining classroom conferences for all of my 3-5th grade students on conference days. 

3rd and 4th Grade Materials Pick-up

3PA and 4PA will have materials to pick up available on Thursday the 14th from 9:30-4:00 and on Friday the 15th from 9:00-4:00. I will have ...