3PA will arrive on planet Shine this week in The Green Book. What is this new world like? What resources are available? What will new homes on Shine look like? What is the soil like? Can the colonists successfully farm the land? Is Shine safe? To follow along with what we are working on, check out the hyperdoc in Google Classroom. My plan is to get through the end of chapter 5 this week.
Monday, November 29, 2021
K Math will be busy during our hour together working through a few complex estimation problems. We will be using arrays of dots to see what multiplication means, and we will be using post-it notes to create layered patterns following different patterns.
K Literacy will be making story maps this week as we focus more on story elements like characters, location, action, problem, and solution...CLAPS. We will be clapping our way through a few picture books based on Crayons this week, beginning with Gurple and Preen by Linda Sue Park.
Monday, November 15, 2021
It's almost Thanksgiving!!! That does not seem possible, but it is here already. Today, I am going to start off all the PA groups with a bit of Thanksgiving fun. Kindergarten teachers sometimes ask their students to provide directions on how to roast a turkey, a hilarious exercise for the adults who read them...but what have the 3-5 kids learned from watching you cooking at home? Today, the kids will be writing their detailed instructions on how to roast the bird. I will read them tonight and declare a winner in each group tomorrow. I'm not going to prepare the winning recipes, but whoever comes the closest in each group will get culinary bragging rights. Sometimes, just having an hour to do something fun is just what school needs. Have your son or daughter give you their take on how to cook a turkey tonight!
3PA will blast off into space this week for a journey to a distant planet called Shine. The kids are I are beginning Jill Patton Walsh's The Green Book. We will be working off of a multi-page document in Google Classroom with daily activities for each chapter and links to explore.
K Lit students will be spending time with the David Wiesner picture book Sector 7 during our time together this week. The story is about a field trip to The Empire State Building and ends up in the sky factory called Sector 7 where all the clouds get their weather assignments for the day. This wordless adventure will spark conversations about story elements and development of the plot in a story.
Monday, November 8, 2021
3PA finished reading our novel last week! I am so excited to have a whole group discussion today about what the kids think about the completion of this tale. The kids will be working most of the week on finishing up their journals based on the book, they are really into this assignment, most are at the six page mark in their journals already. By Friday, we will be ready to begin a new novel, one with many connective thematic threads to this last book. On Friday, we will begin a science fiction story about a group of families who need to leave Earth and colonize a new planet. We will be reading The Green Book by Jill Patton Walsh.
Welcome to Talent Development
My kindergarten group swapped students two weeks ago, and this week, I will have all new first and second grade students for the next six weeks. TD is a 30 minute pull-out literacy enrichment program for our youngest students who show an aptitude for reading. We will meet every school day to work on reading skills that will provide some challenge. The work we do will typically be one school year above the grade your child is currently in and I do not assign homework. Here is what we will be working on this week.
Kindergarten Math will spend time learning about breaking down larger numbers, or showing the number in new ways. How many ways are there to show the number 12? We can use addition, subtraction, basic multiplication, pictures, tallies, words, there are a lot of ways to show numbers. The kids will be in groups using blank hexagons and dry erase markers to make chains of ways to "decompose" a number.
Kindergarten Literacy will read a memoir this week. The memoir of a goldfish. What would be in the life story of a goldfish? What if other animals or objects could write their own life story or memoir? That's the kind of fun we will be having together this week!
3PA will arrive on planet Shine this week in The Green Book . What is this new world like? What resources are available? What will new hom...