Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Kindergarten Talent Development

 This week, the kindergarten groups will be switching so more students have an opportunity for some enrichment during the day at Brookdale. My literature groups will have all new students this week and I'm starting a math group! The literature kids will come on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and the math kids will come on Thursday and Friday from 11:30-12:00. The math students will be playing a dice game this week focusing on doubling numbers. 

Monday, October 25, 2021

PA for the Week of 10-25

 Project Arrow Progress Reports will be given to each student on Friday in class. Please look for it in your son or daughter's backpack. 

3PA will continue to read and discuss The Girl Who Owned a City this week. The kids will be working on their journals and recording examples of change in teams as they read.

4PA will be working on their slide shows on an artist, or group of artists, from the Harlem Renaissance. This week, we will set a due date for the project and the kids will be designing the rubric I will use to assess the final project and speech. 

5PA will be discussing one of the final Ray Bradbury stories for this unit during our time together this week. "A Sound of Thunder" will likely spark a memorable discussion on Monday! Then I'm using an idea from one of the 5th graders for the wrap-up for this unit. Teams of kids will be making a Kahoot! I'm going to design this project with the kids and the standards in mind, so I really don't know what the topics will be, but I do know that this group of students gets excited when their ideas are the inspiration for the work we do in PA. 

TD for the Week of 10-25

 KTD will be talking about the idea of being "perfect" and what that even means. The kids and I will be reading two picture books and using the ideas to make a few projects based on the inspiration in the stories. On Friday, we will be making Monster Traps inspired by a book by the same name.

1TD will spend the week reading a Hindu folktale called "The Mouse and the Wizard." The kids and I will discuss how the story reflects the culture it came from, and if we have time, we will also be making monster traps on Friday!
2TD will be visiting the LMC this week to find a new book by the author of Frindle. After we discuss the end of the book, the letter that Nick waited 10 years to open, and what was going on inside of Mrs. Granger's head the whole time, the kids will work on finishing their character maps showing how the two main characters changed from the beginning of the novel to the end. Andrew Clements has written many engaging chapter books that are perfect for these second graders. The kids will be checking out a book of their choice to use in TD for the next two weeks.

Monday, October 18, 2021

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 analysis of Girl Who Owned a City. There is a graphic novel version of this book that would make a fantastic gift for a 3rd grader reader, built in desire to read the whole book! The cover of the graphic novel is pictured here...

4PA will spend the week working on their Harlem Renaissance Google Slide project. The kids and I went through what should be included in this project and I dropped it into Google Classroom for everyone to use as they create their slides. Because of the web filter at school, inserting a YouTube video is difficult. A video will enhance the presentation so adding one as homework this week would be a great activity.

5PA will be continuing our work with Ray Bradbury's "All Summer in a Day" about an incident that took place at a school on Venus on a very special day. This week, pairs of kids will be acting as the school's disciplinary committee using specific evidence from the story to determine the intentions of the students who locked Margot in the closet. The pairs will make a determination about who was at fault and assign any appropriate consequences for the choices made by the group of students led by William.  At the end of the week, we will be reading about time travel and dinosaurs in Bradbury's story "A Sound of Thunder." 

TD for the Week of 10-18

 KTD  is going to have a really Creepy Week! The kids and I will be reading two fantastic October picture books, Creepy Carrots and Creepy Pair of Underwear! We will discuss the similarities and differences Jasper experiences in both stories, the kids and I will create frightening fruit, and we will be inventing an alternate use for Creepy underwear on Friday. 

1TD will continue reading the chapter books we checked out last week. I will be meeting with the kids to have reading conferences to discuss the stories, make predictions, discuss main idea, and work on retelling what they've read so far. At the end of the week, we will be sharing oral book commercials. This is something I did in the classroom to replace book reports. Just stand up, tell us about your book and why others might enjoy reading it as well.

2TD is 1/2 way through Frindle! We had fun using a calligraphy frindle last week, and this week we will continue to learn more about the battle between Mrs. Granger and Nick, what happens after the newspaper article is published, and what happens when the word goes nation-wide!

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

PA for the Week of 10-12

 3PA began a journal writing activity last week focused on how characters respond to challenging situations in our novel The Girl Who Owned a City. This week we will discover what happens at the militia meeting, if the Jewel warehouse is all they imagined, and how to protect Grand Avenue. The kids will be reading independently, writing in their journals, and reading together as we continue to discuss all of the examples of change in this page turner. 

4PA will begin the week working on analyzing a second Langston Hughes poem using the tool I put into Google Classroom. Later in the week, we will transition to a new project focused on the Harlem Renaissance. Writing and poetry were only a small part of what was going on in 1920's Harlem, so we need to explore some of the other artists who were working in Harlem at the same times Langston Hughes was writing. The kids will explore a variety of musicians, singers, dancers, poets, actors, painters, or photographers who were contemporaries of Hughes. A Google Slide project will be developed based on what interests each student.         
5PA will be finishing up the writing project we began last week comparing "The Veldt" to the Brother's Grimm version of "Little Red Riding Hood." Then, we will begin a new Ray Bradbury short story, "All Summer in a Day" about a day on Venus that a group of children will never forget. 


TD for the Week of 10-12

 KTD will continue to explore wordless picture books this week. The week will begin with the conclusion of Mr. Wuffles, your average aliens vs cat story. The kids and I will also be reading Sector 7, the story of a boy who goes on a field trip to New York City and ends up in a factory in the sky where all of the clouds are made. If the weather cooperates, we will go outside to read the book It Looked like Spilt Milk and do an activity where we reimagine clouds.  

1TD will be going to the LMC with me on Wednesday to browse through the beginning chapter book section. I'm going to let the kids check out a book that they want to read, and we will work on some story structure mini-lessons so I can have reading conferences with each of the kids a few times this week. 

2TD will continue reading Frindle this week, but we will also be using a new kind of frindle for a fun lesson on calligraphy. Since Nick is so into pens, and we learned about the history of the pen going back to quills, I bought calligraphy markers! We are going to watch a few videos in class and experiment with fancy frindle fun! The kids will get to keep the markers and bring them home on Friday.

Monday, October 4, 2021

Talent Development for 10-4

 KTD will be coming back to our wordless picture books soon, but this week, we will spend some time learning about words. We will read The Word Collector by Peter Reynolds and go on a word hunt. We are going to learn about the dictionary while we play a game based on alphabetical order, and we will be learning about nouns and verbs using high frequency sight words. 

1TD will read another book with Maxine from last week's invention themed work. Maxine and the Greatest Garden Ever is a book that shows Maxine's creativity outside, with a new garden. We will learn about schools that have vegetable gardens that students work in during class, skills the kids learn while gardening, and we will be reading two articles about how to create a garden. 
2TD will continue reading the novel Frindle this week. The students will create character webs for Nick and Mrs. Granger that we will color code. The kids will have three colors to reflect the beginning, middle, and end of the story to show how the two main characters change throughout the book. 

PA for the Week of 10-4

 3PA has been captivated by The Girl Who Owned a City! This week, we will continue to read, discuss and record how Lisa and Todd are responding to challenges, we will meet the antagonist Tom Logan, and teams will be adding details to the change generalizations we started last week.

4PA will spend most of the week with the poem "Freedom's Plow" by Langston Hughes. This is a longer poem that the students will be examining for figurative language, themes, and how the text connects to historical events. The kids have several poems by Hughes in their Google Classroom that we will also be reading.

5PA continues to explore the world of Ray Bradbury. This week, most of our time will be spent with "The Veldt" and the nursery that comes to life. We will compare the experience of reading a story to a reading done by Steven Colbert. Does the performance of a story change the experience as a consumer of stories? The class will also be working with a visible thinking strategy, "See, Think, Wonder" that will kick off with an abstract art Google Slide show. Last week we used symphonic music in a grammar lesson and now I'm using abstract art to examine how we think about and discuss literature. It's going to be a fun week!

PA for the Week of 11-29

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