I had to cut my unit in half, but I think I'm hitting on the key parts.
Part of our Curriculum is to compare Life Now to Life Long Ago. I would say the Thanksgiving Theme fits right into that standard.
|We started with Learning about and describing the Pilgrims.|
|We planned and wrote 3 sentences about the Pilgrims. We did the same for the Native Americans.|
|The Next step was to Compare. I gave each student a "bubble" to write on. They wrote a fact about either the Native Americans, the Pilgrims or both.|
|They then attached it to the double-bubble map.|
I forgot to take a picture of the finished product--ughh! I will add it tomorrow.
We also used the scholastic Virtual Videos of the Pilgrim Village, Wampanog Village and Mayflower.
I really liked these videos and so did my class. They kept asking--Are those real Pilgrims?
We are also learning about Fact families and related facts. After our regularly scheduled lesson, we made these cute Fact Family houses. I let each child pick their own "family member" for their house.
It was super easy. They folded the corners, put the 3 numbers in the roof top--and then wrote the facts. 2 addition and 2 subtraction. It was a great way to extend the lesson and see who can do the facts independently.
I love working ahead and knowing I am prepared. My team and I mapped out the whole 2nd quarter in math so I know what I am teaching every day from now through January 22nd!
I decided I needed to also be that prepared in Language Arts as well.
so I began working on the Common Core standards and Winter/holiday Writing.
I finished my mega Writing unit: Writing in a Winter Wonderland.
It's aligned to common core and has 120 pages of all the writing you could possibly need from November 26th to January 31st (maybe longer)
|Preview--this is just a little of what is included|
|Planning for Writing an Opinion Piece|
|1 example of Common Core Alignments for grades 1-4|
|Narrative Prompt Cards|
|Winter Writing--1 page of "Arctic" Themed Informational Writing|
|1 example of a Book Cover|