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.

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

PA for the Week of 10-18

  3PA will be ending the 1st quarter of school with Lisa, Todd, Julie, Charlie, and Tom Logan. This week we will continue our reading and an...