Friday, September 24, 2021

Talent Development for the Week of 9-27

 Letters were given to a small group of K-2 students on Friday who will be in the first small group Talent Development class. The students were selected using a variety of data we have on our youngest learners as well as teacher observations. These groups will be flexible and we will rotate kids a number of times during the school year. I am excited to get started!

KTD will begin our journey using a variety of wordless picture books by David Wiesner, a three-time Caldecott winning illustrator. The kids and I will learn about print concepts, story elements, and story progression as we read these wordless tales. This week, we will begin with Free Fall and by the end of the week, we will be ready for the story Tuesday. 

1TD will be reading about inventions this week as we begin. We will read the picture book Made by Maxine by Ruth Spiro, the story of a first grader who needs to invent a way for her goldfish to be in the school's pet parade. How can a fish be in a parade? We will read the story, discuss the process Maxine went through to invent her "fish float", and then we will be reading about real life inventors. I have an article abut inventing a longer lasting popsicle and an article about a summer camp for kids all about inventing new things. On Friday, the kids will create their own invention.
2TD will start the year off with a good read, Frindle by Andrew Clements. This story is about a boy named Nick and his idea for a new word. His teacher, Mrs. Granger, is not a fan of inventing new words it seems, and many conflicts arise over this key issue. The kids and I will be examining how characters respond to change throughout the book as we read. This week, we will get to know the characters, and we will be making notes about how they act at the beginning of the story so we can compare this to how the characters evolve in the book. 







PA for the Week of 9-27

 3PA will begin our first novel of the year. We will be reading The Girl Who Owned a City by O. T. Nelson. The story begins in the suburb of Glen Ellyn, IL, where I grew up, after a global plague leaves only children under the age of 12 left alive. The kids need to figure out how to survive in a world with no adults. How will the characters get food? What will the future look like? How do children care for their younger siblings? All of these questions will ignite powerful conversations as we go through this tale of survival and change.

4PA will begin learning about The Harlem Renaissance and the poetry of Langston Hughes this week. The week will begin with some background knowledge building about the great migration, Jim Crow laws, and why Harlem became the center of an artistic explosion 100 years ago. We will be reading a variety of poetry by Hughes to begin with, but in the coming weeks, the kids will be able to explore the work of musicians, dancers, actors, writers, and artists who were all a part of this movement. 
5PA began our second Ray Bradbury short story last week, "The Scythe." This is a story set on a dust bowl ravaged farm during the great depression. A family of four, down on their luck, find an abandoned farm house next to a field of wheat with many secrets to share. The kids will focus on how Bradbury uses implicit meaning to drive his narrative, and we will examine Bradbury's writing style to see if he uses any conventions that are unique to his style. By the end of the week, we will move onto "The Veldt", a story about a kid's room no parent would ever want in their home.








Monday, September 20, 2021

PA and TD for the Week of 9-20

 KTD will see their last week of whole group lessons with me this week. Next week, we will begin small group Talent Development for K-2 classes. For our last Peter Reynolds book, we will be reading Ish. This is a favorite of mine to share with kindergarten students because it is all about where every kindergarten student starts school...in an Ish way. 

1TD will be ending their whole groups lesson on making inferences in two ways. Some classes will be finishing up the page for the whole class The Z Was Zapped book, but we will also discuss another book by Chris Van Allsburg, The Wreck of the Zephyr to apply what we have been learning about reading between the lines and making inferences.  
2TD will be reading another book by The Fan Brothers during our time together this week. Ocean Meets Sky is the text that we will use to discuss the similarities and differences found in the two books by these three brothers.
3PA will be working on annotating the text of "The Green Man" this week using an interactive document that the kids have in Google Classroom. The kids began reading and marking up the text last week looking for evidence that Claude is the Green Man, important ideas in the story, and any questions that came up when reading. We will be discussing the questions that students had, reviewing the important points, and then we will be examining the text for evidence of internal vs. external change. The kids and I will also be discussing the idea of protection as we finish up with this story on Friday.
 
4PA began reading a novella last week titled The Mozart Question. This is a fictional tale of the most famous musician in the world, and why he never plays Mozart. There are many connections between this story and "The Power of Light" that we will be looking for together as we finish this story this week. We will also be reading a picture book titled Rose Blanche, another story of light overcoming darkness during World War Two. The week will end with a group discussion that will link the three stories together.   
5PA has begun exploring the world of Ray Bradbury. Our first story is 1950's "The Rocket", a story about the lengths a father will go to do help his children dream. The kids and I will focus on pulling implicit and explicit evidence from the text, determining the theme of a text, and how specific passages in the text contribute to the development of the theme. 












Wednesday, September 8, 2021

A Conversation with Ray Bradbury

PA and TD for the Week of 9-8

 Kindergarten classes will be visiting my room this week to learn more about author Peter Reynolds. Last week we read the story Happy Dreamer and this week, we will be reading The Dot, a book about creativity, perseverance, and how to make your mark. 

First Grade students will be joining me to continue to explore the idea of making inferences when reading, reading between the lines really. The kids and I will work to guess the text on each page in The Z Was Zapped.

Second Grade classes will continue our project from last week based on the book The Barnabus Project. Students will be using their creativity to create their own DNA mash-up of two of their favorite animals that would make good pets.

3PA had to switch gears last week because our copier was down and I didn't have copies of "The Green Man" ready. Instead, we read a short story titled "Charlie" about the beginning of kindergarten. This one student, Charlie, is getting into all sorts of trouble in a young girl's class as the school year begins, but as it turns out, there is no Charlie in the group. Seems like one little girl has some explaining to do at home! This week, we will continue working with this text as we explore the idea of change and how to write answers in complete sentences. 

4PA began reading the short story "The Power of Light" last week and will continue with this text for our time this week. Our focus was developing categories of how things change to group ideas as we read. This week, we will do some shared reading and writing lessons to show how to find examples and how to record these thought in complete 4th grade sentences, something this group needs to focus on moving forward.

5PA finished reading The Collector of Moments last week. This week, we will discuss the deeper meaning and how to take the message from the story and apply it to all of our work in PA and beyond. On Friday, the students will meet Ray Bradbury! Check out the video I posted and listen to this man talk about books!



Monday, August 30, 2021

PA for the Week of 8-30

 3PA will spend the week with a short story titled "The Green Man." We will use this text to examine the concept of change in literature. How do things change? How does change shape characters and the plot? Are there different categories of how things change? 

4PA will be reading a short story set in 1940's Poland titled, "The Power of Light" by Isaac Singer. Two children are working together to survive in their war torn town during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. This is a hopeful story about how light wins out over darkness. The kids and I will be exploring the concept of systems as we read. What systems are involved in this story? Family systems and political systems are obvious, but can we find more examples?

5PA will begin the year with a special picture book by Quint Buccholtz titled The Collector of Moments. During this shared reading experience, we will be examining the text for the deeper meaning behind the words. What is Max trying to teach the Professor? What does the deaf horse represent? How will we collect moments this year and beyond?



  


Talent Development for the week of 8-30

 After a week of reading to the primary students, it is time for some whole group lessons. I will be meeting with all of the primary classes once a week for 30 minute higher-level thinking and reading activities. 

Kindergarten classes will begin an author study on Peter Reynolds. He has written many picture books that are perfect for our newest Bobcats. We will begin with a book titled Happy Dreamer, a story about all the things we can dream about. The students will take the abstract idea of a dream, and turn it into a concrete picture expressing some of the things they dream about. 


First Grade will be exploring an amazing alphabet book by Chris Van Allsburg titled The Z Was Zapped. The illustrations give the reader a few clues about what is happening, but the students need to infer what the illustration shows to guess the text for the page. We will work on using the picture clues to "solve" each page. 



Second Grade will be reading a picture book from The Fan Brothers titled The Barnabus Project. In a secret lab beneath a pet store specializing in "perfect pets" something strange is happening. Animals are being created using genetic engineering to sell to children. We will be creating our own perfect pets, blending two animals that have no business being blended!


Curriculum Night 9-1

 On 9-1 at 6:00 I will be hosting a Zoom PA Curriculum Night. I'll go through some information about PA, I'll discuss some of what we will be learning this year, and then I will be available for questions. Please use this link, or the link sent out in the Bobcat Buzz. 

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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year

 Welcome to Project Arrow! Seeing so many of the students at Meet and Greet made school feel like it is supposed to feel, full of the exciting promise of learning some amazing things this year in person!!! We will begin meeting on Monday the 23rd. All of the 3-5 classes will be visiting my room during our first two days of school for some fun read alouds, so I will be seeing all of the PA kids this week.

What do you need to bring to Project Arrow? Please send a 1 1/2 inch or 2 inch three ring binder to PA. This binder will travel back and forth from the classroom to PA everyday. I will be updating this website regularly to keep families informed about what we will be working on at school each week. 


Project Arrow Schedule:

12:15-1:00 3PA

1:15-2:15 4PA

2:15-3:15 5PA

Monday, April 26, 2021

PA and TD for the Week of 4-26

 KTD Lit will be exploring the picture book The Barnubus Project by The Fan Brothers. The story is about rejected pets from a peculiar pet store trying to escape the lab they were created in and see the world. The kids will be creating a pet in the style of Barnabus too!

KTD Math will be playing a dice game that focuses on doubling the number rolled and, using a chart I have at school, crossing out four numbers they double in a row. We are playing connect four!

1TD will be reading The Book of Bad Ideas this week. The story is a collection of ideas that kids have had, but they soon realize that they were bad ideas. "Never go down the stairs in a box with your friend." Clearly a bad idea. The kids will be writing and illustrating a page to add to the book based on their experiences. Lots of laughter this week, I'm sure!
2TD is going to begin a project that will take us to the end of the year. The kids will be evaluating past winners of The Caldecott Medal, an award given to one picture book a year that shows excellence in the illustrations and the text. The class will be given the criteria that is used by the people who select the winner and the same criteria will be used by the class. We will be reading winners that were written in the 1940's to the present. 
3PA will finish up our work on the short story "The Green Man" this week. Next, we will be reading the original version of Hans Christian Anderson's classic from 1843, "The Ugly Duckling." Our focus will be on how the duckling's identity was shaped by his experiences with others in the story. 

4PA have begun their group of three drawings showing The Secret Garden in three stages of development. Barren, growing, and splendor will be captured by the kids in their artwork. Each picture has a few quotes the students found in the text as evidence of the garden's development. 

5PA will continue reading their autobiographies and a work of fiction by the same author this week. We will also be spending a lot of our time remaining time this year on Capstone. I will have a date for when they will present by the end of the week, coordinating with the 5th grade team because the 5th graders will spend a whole day in PA presenting and watching what their classmates developed. 








Monday, April 12, 2021

PA and TD for the Week of 4-12

 Talent Development students will all be working with the poetry of Shel Silverstein this week. We will focus on creating spoonerisms that we learned about last week with Runny Babbit. Students will be taking different poems and rewriting them using spoonerisms. 



3PA will be reading a short story titled "The Green Man" this week. There are many layers to this tale that we will be discussing together. 


4PA will begin the week with a surprise, and then we will finish reading The Secret Garden. The kids will begin an art project relating to the book by the end of the week.  

5PA will begin a new unit this week. We will be reading an autobiography written by an author of fiction for younger people. The kids will be annotating the book using post it notes that will be color coded. 

Friday, April 9, 2021

New PA and TD Schedule

This is the new PA and TD schedule for 4th Quarter

4PA 9:30-10:30

2TD 10:30-11:00

KTD 11:30-12:00

5PA 12:35-1:35

3PA 1:35-2:20

1TD 2:35-2:55 

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Safety First

 

Safety is our first priority at Brookdale, so I wanted to share a photo of what my classroom looks like as we head back to a five day schedule. The carpet circles have been measured out to have 3 feet of space on all sides. We will be safe and ready to learn!

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

PA and TD for the Week of 3-16

 KTD Lit will learn about the non-fiction text feature of captions this week. We will learn what they are for, what kinds of books will have them, and we will write some of our own using some very interesting pictures!

KTD Math will work on estimation and a video division problem using a chocolate bar. 

1TD will be using the information found last week to create an infographic poster with images and facts on the topic they explored. The remote kids can do a poster at home or a Google Slide. 

2TD will be discussing perspectives during our time together this week. How do two, or more, characters view the same event differently? Why can the same event be interpreted in different ways?

3PA Will continue reading The Girl Who Owned a City and exploring the change generalizations we developed at the beginning of the school year. This week, the group will also be using the Visible Thinking strategy called "Step In" focused on exploring viewpoints. Three questions will guide our thinking this week. What can this character perceive? What might this character know about or believe? What might this character truly care about? These questions will be examined for each character in the novel.


4PA will be using the same Visible Thinking strategy as the third grade group, but using the characters in The Secret Garden. The kids started this last week in small groups, and the conversations I heard were excellent! 

5PA has been very persuasive in asking to write sequels to the creative writing we did earlier this year using microscopic photography as their inspiration. The first stories were very clever and entertaining, so, we will be writing sequels this week in the same groups as before. This writing also allows for more Zoom socialization, something has been difficult to foster over a screen, but when I pop into breakout rooms and hear the kids being kids and laughing while they work, it almost feels like normal school.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Middle School Transition Night

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The Zoom meeting last night was limited to 100 people, I'm not sure why, but the link and passcode above will take you to a recording of the meeting. 

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Monday No PA

 Starting next Monday, I will be giving the IAR test to a small group of students, so there will not be PA. For the next three Monday's I will be assessing students in grades 3-5. 

PA and TD for the Week of 3-9

 KTD Lit will be reading the first book in a trilogy by Aaron Becker titled Journey. The kids and I will be discussing story elements like main idea and the problem and solution in the story.

KTD Math will be playing a game this week, where we will use questions to guess a mystery number. 

1TD will be using the website DK Find Out https://www.dkfindout.com/us/  for a research project on any topic that the students choose. The kids will create a way to share what they have learned with the whole group.

2TD will be reading the next section of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, working in teams on the visible thinking strategy of "See, Think, Wonder." After reading a chapter, kids will discuss what the most important thing they saw in the chapter, what they thought about the most, and what do they wonder about the story moving forward. 

3PA have reached the half way point in The Girl Who Owned a City. This week, we will continue to work on the change generalizations for the novel, and teams will be using the visible thinking strategy of "See, Think, Wonder" in small groups to help facilitate meaningful conversations about the book.
4PA has really gotten into The Secret Garden this year. During our time together this week we should get through a chapter a day, if you are following along at home. The group will continue to chart notes about the evolution of Mary and Colin and how Martha and Dickon are helping them, as well as looking for the meaning behind all of the symbolism in the text.

5PA has been working in teams to complete a variety of activities based on a folktale from Japan titled "The Enchanted Sticks." We will finish this work, and then move on to a short story by Shirley Jackson called "Charles" about a kindergarten class. Thursday will be a Capstone research day. 





Wednesday, March 3, 2021

PA Middle School Transition Night

 Good morning!


I hope that you are all doing well! Below is the Zoom info for the IPPA PTA Middle School PA Info Night. I will be sharing it on facebook and through memberhub as we get closer to the event, but I wanted to give it to all of you now so you have time to share it with your 5th grade families. Thank you for all you do and your help getting this info out!


Catey 


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Friday, February 5, 2021

PA for the Week of 2-10

 3PA will focus on chapters 5 and 6 of The Green Book this week. How will the colonists survive if their crops fail and have crystalline elements absorbed from the soil? What will the moth people do to the residents of Shine? We will finish reading the book this week!

4PA is enjoying The Secret Garden! The small group discussions about symbolism and metaphors have been fun to listen in on over Zoom. This week I anticipate reading chapters 8-11, continuing our work with the characters and figurative language, and we will finally find out where the sound Mary keeps hearing is coming from.

5PA spent last week working on their Capstone and conferencing with me about the direction of their projects. There are some really interesting topics being explored and the kids are all doing well as they continue their passion project. This week, we will work on Capstone just on Thursday as we circle back to the inaugural poetry we were reading. Teams of kids will extract the themes from the three poems and what the poems say about the times they were written in, and then we will discuss their thoughts as a whole group. Later in the week, we will begin reading a short story titled "Ghost Cat" that I have in our Google classroom. 

Talent Development for the Week of 2-1

 I am excited to get TD going again, and this time with a few live children with me in my classroom. This will be my first time doing a combination of students in the room and students over Zoom. I have no idea how its going to go, but we have all learned to adapt during the pandemic, and I'm sure we will get the hang of it eventually.

Kindergarten Literacy will meet on Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:00-10:30. If your child is going to be in school on Tuesday, they will need their Chrome Book for accessing digital resources. This week we will be reading two Caldecott winning picture books with a lot of snow. In Owl Moon we will try to identify the main idea and discuss what we learned about the two characters in this quiet, peaceful story. We will also read a true story about the first person to photograph snowflakes in Snowflake Bentley. The kids and I will discuss the differences between the two types of picture books when we have read both. 

           
Kindergarten Math will meet on Thursday and Friday from 10:00-10:30. There are many kids who are in both the literacy and the math group, so I'm going to do a bit of a crossover lesson using the snowflake photography of W. A. Bentley. We are going to look at the geometry of snowflakes, identify different shapes, and make our own snowflake drawings. 
First Grade Talent Development will meet from 10:30-11:00. The first grade team and I split TD into two groups that will meet on Tuesday/Wednesday or Thursday and Friday. The students who are in school will come to my room and meet their classmates on Zoom. This week we will be learning about an inspiring individual, a theme for first grade this quarter, Sonia Sotomayor. Kids at home will have access to a digital copy of the text and the kids at school will have the actual book. We will focus on the key moments in Justice Sotomayor's life and why she is seen as an inspiring person. You can see an interview with her about this book in the clip I posted on the website.
Second Grade Talent Development will be seeing me Tuesday-Friday from 11:00-11:30. We will be doing a combination of in person learning and Zoom, so some kids will be in my room and others will be joining on their computers. The second grade teachers gave copies of the novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to all TD students. If your child does not have a copy of the book yet, please come by school and pick one up. I put a few extras inside the main door of school on Friday morning. I was able to find a link to a complete copy of the text that I have under the "student resources" tab on this website that the kids can use until they have the book. We will begin reading this week and recording character traits for the main characters as we discuss this classic of children's literature. 





 



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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

PA for the Week of 2-1

 3PA will be continuing to read The Green Book during class this week. Last week, we spent time finding details about the setting on this new planet and how authors use words to paint a picture in the mind of a reader. The kids turned those details into a drawing showing what their "Shine" looked in their minds. This week we will continue to write a first person journal from Pattie's point of view and discuss some of the plans the colonists are making. 

4PA will be reading The Secret Garden this week. The layers in the story are just beginning to unfold. Our main focus will be identifying symbolism and metaphors as we discover them in our reading. The kids will also continue to add notes to the character matrix that we began last week. 

5PA will be working on Capstone all week as the kids pivot to developing a solution for their passion project. We spent the first half of the year finding information on the problem itself, proving that it is a problem. Now, the students will begin researching different possible solutions and finding out what is currently being done to try to solve the problem. I will be meeting with each student in a breakout room to check in to make sure everyone is still on the right path.

Monday, January 25, 2021

PA for the Week of 1-26

 There is no Talent Development this week because of CBM testing.

3PA will continue reading The Green Book by Jill Paton Walsh. In the 3PA Google Classroom there is a guide with the activities, vocabulary, an article about jelly fish and bioluminescence plus the questions we will be discussing as we read chapters 3 and 4. Feel free to explore this before we meet tomorrow kids.

4PA is going to start reading The Secret Garden this week! I love this book and am excited to begin reading with the kids. In the 4PA Google classroom there are a few new items that we will be using as we read. This week, we will begin to explore the moors and try to tolerate Mary! The kids will be taking notes on four characters as they read for a project we will be working on when we finish the novel. There is a link to an audio version of the novel under students resources on this website.


5PA will spend this week reading inaugural poems by Robert Frost, Maya Angelou, and Amanda Gorman. We will be extracting the theme of each poem and discussing how each poem sheds light on what was going on in our country when each was written. Copies of all three poems are in the 5PA Google classroom along with a tool we will use to analyze the texts.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

PA for the Week of 1-19-21

 There is no Talent Development this week.

3PA will begin reading the novel The Green Book this week. As the kids read this science fiction novel, they will be writing a first person journal pretending to be the main character, Pattie. There are going to be many good discussions as we read this week. The kids will be expected to finish their 7-10 sentence journal entries as homework and there might be some reading to finish up as well. The book is available to pick up inside Door 1 at school. 



4PA will be presenting their neurological disorder projects in class all week beginning Wednesday. Everyone has Tuesday in class to rehearse and finish up final touches. If you did not pick up a copy of The Secret Garden last week, please come get one. 

5PA has Tuesday to finish up their TED Talk on a young person making a difference in the world. The kids will be presenting this to the group beginning on Wednesday.


Monday, January 11, 2021

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 two novels for 3PA, The Green Book and The Girl Who Owned a City. 4PA will have a copy of The Secret Garden to pick up. They will be inside Door 1, the main office door, with a sign above for 3PA and 4PA. Many of the books are not school property, they are books I purchased, so please be gentle. 

PA and TD for the Week of 1-11

 Talent Development will be pausing after this Friday, along with all of our academic interventions, as we transition into hybrid instruction.  The academic support team will be working on individual assessments and helping classroom teachers complete one one one assessments we have missed during remote learning. All interventions and TD will resume on 2-10, but groups will have some new students and some students will be rotating back to their classrooms. 

KTD Lit: We will finish our author study of David Wiesner this week as a whole group on Wednesday. I have a substitute on Tuesday and I didn't want to miss our final discussion, so the Tuesday kids will join the Wednesday kids for a whole group wrap-up of our wordless picture book study.

KTD Math: We will be working another estimation problem this week.  It takes stamina to work on one problem for 30 minutes, but the groups have done very well!

1TD: The group will finish reading Frog and Toad are Friends during our time together this week.  The focus of our discussion will be how the differences between Frog and Toad make the story more engaging for the reader. Authors use juxtaposition to contrast characters all the time, but how does this make a story more interesting? 

2TD: We ended up spending two hours reading Rooted in Justice about Vice President Elect Kamala Harris last week.  The group took detailed notes on the experiences Kamala had in her life that will help her in her new job. This week, we will be reading about President Elect Joe Biden and looking into his past experiences and how they will shape him as a leader.  On Friday, we will see how these two people with very different experiences, might be able to use those experiences to make good decisions for America. 

3PA: This week, we will be building background information for the first novel we will read together this year. I'm not giving the title of the novel yet because I know this crowd! The students will be working alone and in pairs to start the week with a lunar survival problem. If your spacecraft is trapped on the light side of the moon, waiting for a rescue, what items from the spaceship would be most important? I have a list of 15 items that kids will number rank and defend their rank in writing. Next students will work in pairs to collaborate on their list and compromise on a new list taking in ideas from both partners. After we discuss as a whole group, students will be reading and discussing the five articles that I put into Google Classroom this morning. 

4PA: Kids will, hopefully, finish their neurological disorder slides this week, write the speech, and be ready to present after MLK Day.

5PA: The kids have all week to work on their TED Talk on a young person who made their community a better place. I uploaded a sample outline and a TED Talk speaker guide, the same one given to anyone giving a TED Talk, to Google Classroom this morning.  

Sunday, January 3, 2021

TD and PA for the Week of 1-4

 Welcome back! I am looking forward to a much better year in 20201.  Here is what we will be working on this week.

KTD Lit will continue developing story sense, understanding of story elements, and critical thinking skills with another Caldecott Medal winner, Flotsam, by David Wiesner.  There are a lot of connections to the other books we have read together.  The conversations about how he mixes his stories together have been great and I trust they will continue this week.     


KTD Math began learning about estimation before our break.  This week, we will be working on two different video estimation problems that encourage deeper mathematical thinking with addition and subtraction.

1TD will dive into the world created by Arnold Lobel that belongs to Frog and Toad. The students and I will discuss the literary term of juxtaposition, how differences in characters can create a richer story. We will be reading a digital copy of Frog and Toad are Friends and discussing how differences make stories more interesting to read.

2TD will be reading two picture books this week about our future president and vice president.  Our focus will be centered on how similarities and differences can make a team stronger, in any setting. What similarities and differences can be found in their upbringings, experiences, their family lives, and anything else the group uncovers. 




3PA will start the year off playing with language.  We will be learning about palindromes and anagrams as we explore two picture books, Ann and Nan the Anagrams and Mom and Dad are Palindromes, Kids will be working on teams to create their own palindromes and anagrams without using the internet!


4PA will begin creating their slide show to serve as a background for the presentation on the neurological disorder that we were working on before break.  The goal of the presentation is to tell a story, not list facts. The kids will be creating a character that is an amalgamation of stories read about people who have the disorder being researched.  I will share a few of the presentations former students have created as a guide, along with the rubric everyone has in Google Classroom. 

5PA begins the year acting as the school board disciplinary panel for the school district on Venus where Margot was locked on a closet in the Bradbury short story, "All Summer in One Day." Teams of kids will gather the evidence pertaining to the event, make an informed decision about possible disciplinary action, and defend their choices. I will also be sharing the stories teams wrote before break in Google Classroom for all of the kids to read as homework Monday-Wednesday. On Thursday we will discuss the stories, seminar style, and then begin a mini-TED Talk about a young person making a difference in the world.



Stay tuned for PA materials pick-up, and what TD will look like in the hybrid model.





Talent Development for the Week of 9-27

  Letters were given to a small group of K-2 students on Friday who will be in the first small group Talent Development class. The students ...