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.

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