Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Comparing George's Stories

President's Day is coming and a great activity to get your students doing some critical thinking is to compare a few books about a president. I am thinking of George Washington in particular. There are a few great and quite different books out there that chronicle his life, or some part of it: George Did It, Big George are two of my favorites, the latter being new in the last year or so. Choose a more traditional biography to add to the exercise, like those written by David Adler. See what your kids come up with - let them do the talking and see where it takes you.  Have fun!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Black History Heroes

Scholastic had a great article in the winter issue of their Instructor magazine about "first" in black America. I learned things I didn't know and I know students would too. They've included some terrific stories in the article and have a list of suggested book titles to go along with the topic. I've linked the article here so you can check it out.