Oh my word! Is time flying for anyone else? President’s Day is RIGHT around the corner. We will be enjoying President’s Day with a mid-winter break! Ya-hooo!
We’re working to CRAM in some Presidents wherever we can. In my case, I’m doing a little bit of those“cross curricular” writing opportunities. Plus, I appreciate the two-birds-one-stone of it all!
Our district’s “year at a glance” calls for us to dedicate February and some of November to non-fiction writing. We’re still early in the process, so there’s a lot of scaffolding in these activities – especially for my first grade friends.
We’ll be reading each of these books this week. I’m not sure if you can tell, but I swiped them from the biography section of our school’s library. Cost: FREE!
A Picture Book of Abraham Lincoln & A Picture Book of George Washington
By: David A. Alder / Illustrated by: John & Alexandra Wallace
While we're reading them, we're keeping track of our learning on an anchor chart. (I lack the artistic skills of one babblying artist)
|Regular anchor chart with questionable visual/spatial reasoning.|
We used our “research” to complete a tree map with what we learned.
At the end of the week my firsties will choose their favorite president and make up one of these babies with a published piece of writing – featuring their research. I wish I could tell you where this template came from – But, I adopted my classroom from a retiree and this was left in her files!
My second graders, however, did this project last year (which they reminded me of A LOT today). So… they’re going to use the Double Bubble to compare the presidents. These kiddos will end the week with a compare/contrast piece featuring both presidents. I’m sure they’ll love the more involved writing J!
Here are the Thinking Maps we're cranking out this week!
* Cut & Paste George Washington Circle Map
* Cut & Paste Abraham Lincoln Circle Map
* Fill in the blank Circle Map/ George (For my second graders)
* Fill in the blank Circle Map/ Abe (For my second Graders)
* Blank Tree Map
* Double Bubble Circle Map
Enjoy your Wednesday night!