I love books! I was a reading teacher for one year and their is not a day that goes by that I do not miss reading to my students. That is probably why I use so many books when I am teaching.
A bad thing about books is they can be expensive. I cannot afford to buy all of the wonderful books I find online, and many times school libraries do not have a lot in the way of books on Susan B. Anthony or Frederick Douglass. I have spent a good deal of time writing Donors Choose projects and getting them funded. Some of the books I have gotten from Donors Choose I have used so far to teach this year.
Below are the books I have read aloud in openings or closings for the past unit in social studies.
These books are incredible and really help the students understand more about each standard we studied.
I also love to read in math. Below are the books we read for division.
I also read to my students when we are packing up. I normally read chapter books to them during this time. So far this year we have read The Math Wiz by Duffy and I Survived: The Battle of Gettysburg, 1863 (Frederick Douglass tie in) by Tarshis. We are currently reading Goblins in the Castle by Bruce Collins (my favorite book of all time!!!).
Donorschoose.org had provided my classroom with close $1,500.00 worth of supplies and books for FREE! As a teacher you can create a free login and design your own project. Then when it gets approved donors will read your project and donate to it. When the project is fully funded the supplies are sent to your school and you simply write a thank you letter, take pictures and post them to the project, and sometimes they ask your students to write thank you letters also.
This has been well worth my time. My current project is called Math Molds Minds. It is for math children’s literature and a teaching book also. I posted this project at the end of last week and only need to raise $107 more dollars (Kia donated half of my project costs!!! Thanks!). Occasionally donors choose will match your donations made with a code word. Between now and September 7th the code word is INSPIRE. If you would like to donate to my project click the link above and make sure to use the word INSPIRE when you are donating (You are the best, by the way!).
Books really do make learning more interesting for students. Whether you are reading to them or they are reading to themselves, books are important to every child’s education!
We began our social studies time last Friday taking a Paul Revere Pretest in our notebook.
I was able to walk around behind students and see their answers. I then knew who had never heard of Paul Revere and who might have heard about him at some point (pretty much everyone had never heard of him).
On Monday we started our lesson by setting up our standard and essential question. I have the standards printed on Avery labels (2″ x 4″ shipping labels). This makes it simple for students. I think when I run out of label I will print on post it notes (labels are expensive and post it are not). Then the students write the EQ down and put a pre and post post it note in their notebook. I ask students to try to answer the EQ on the pre post it note. Even if they write “I don’t know” I want to see something on the post it note.
After going through the first power point we do a vocabulary lesson. I had 8 definitions students cut out and glued down on their pages (4 per page). Then each definition was covered with a post it note. Students could then write the word that matched the definition on the post it note. Now students can quiz themselves on the definitions later without cheating (easily).
On Tuesday students helped me fill out a graphic organizer about Paul Revere (after our second power point of course). This graphic organizer is scaffolding them into being able to write their own biography’s later. The graphic organizer is stored in the notebook under two more vocabulary words and definitions which are specific to Paul Revere’s life (diligent and silversmith).
The folded up paper is the white blob at the bottom of the page. This is the graphic organizer when it is unfolded.
The students will work on an individual timeline tomorrow. Next week their Frederick Douglass timelines will go in their notebooks also.
So far my students have really enjoyed the notebooks. They are a little slow at cutting and pasting, and writing takes years (slight exaggeration), but they are learning a lot have great resources to study in their notebooks!
When I went to college, I had never heard of Frederick Douglass. As a freshman I was asked to read The Narrative in the Life of Frederick Douglass. It is a wonderful biography well worth reading, but third graders do not need to read it or know everything in it, so what should I teach my third grade class?
I have put a packet together for Frederick Douglass (also based off of the Our Democratic Heritage textbook).
This packet includes:
three power point presentations
fact and opinion sort
pre and post assessment
This packet can be found for FREE here. Also, don’t forget about the Paul Revere packet FREE here.
Please know that I also use documents within my social studies notebooks from this source. And yes, it is FREE also! (I love the vocabulary and character webs in it!
If you know of any great resources for Frederick Douglass please leave a comment with the link to those resources!