In this text, Lucy was just a little girl when her parents were sold off the plantation where her family lives. With no family other than her siblings, Lucy learned from his older brother Albert that their lives could be different thanks to a secret code displayed on a number of quilts. The code was part of the Underground Railroad: a system to help slaves be free. Using the information from the quilts, Albert escapes leaving Lucy behind. Lucy was afraid that he would be caught and she would never see him again. Until one day…things changed.
In this story, we learned through these characters about how important family bonding is, how difficult it could be to make some decisions and the importance of never giving up.
This secret code was created by the slaves to find freedom. For this post, I want you to think about what code would yu create if you were in a situation like that? Would you use a quilt or something different? Provide a brief description of your code and how you would use it.
In this story, Santa lost his job due to his lack of planning skills. From the elves’ point of view, Santa wasted a lot of time and energy. Surprisingly, one of the elves had an idea to solve the problem. He created the “Deliverator” to replace Santa. This machine looked -at first- very promising until there was a problem…
After comparing and contrasting Santa versus the “Deliverator”, we discussed the pros and cons about replacing people by machines in the world we live in. So for this post, I want you to evaluate about the advantages and disadvantages about having Santa or the Deliverator.
Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Book Reviews, Global Education | Posted on 12/10/2013
If you are looking for ways to introduce the topic of Human Rights to your students, I highly recommend the following books.
We Are All Born Free ~ The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights in Pictures
I would use this book particularly with K-2 students because it is not only beautifully illustrated, but the language used is at level they can easily understand.
The other great resource I found is an introduction to the concept of Human Rights from a child’s perpective: I Have The Right To Be A Child. It was written by Alain Serres and illustrated by Aurelia Fronty. It provides a general overview of children’s rights in a meanigful and direct way.
These two books are just a perfect reminder about how important it is for our 21st century learners to become aware of the significance of Human Rights is this global society they live in. As educators, we should not only teach our students about their rights; we must celebrate them everyday!
“If the Shoe Fits“, is a story about Rigo, his family, and the brand-new-shoes he got for his birthday. While working with this text, we were able to infer character traits from Rigo and his uncle Celso. We also discussed how the events of the story can affect characters’ feelings and actions. So, for this post I want to think about the specific event where Rigo was being bullied by Angel.
1-How did this particular event change Rigo’s feelings and actions?
2- What could have been different about this event? Did Rigo do the right thing by ignoring Angel?
Camilla Cream loves lima beans, but she never eats them because other kids in the school don’t like them. And Camilla is extremely worried about what other people think about her. While reading this book, we were able to determine character traits by combining evidence from the text with your own inferring. So in this post, you will answer the following:
1) How did Camilla change from the beginning to the end of the story?
2) Provide at least three quotes from the story and the character traits that you infer from them.
Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Global Education | Posted on 07/12/2013
Today, Malala turned 16, and she celebrated it by delivering an absolutely moving speech at the United Nations. While many girls her age dream about a “sweet 16″ lavish gathering, -she instead- stood stronger and prouder than ever as she asked for the right to an education for every single child. What a great example for so many teenagers! She’s an amazing leader and I’m totally convinced that she will have a bright future.
Happy Birthday Malala!
“I speak not for myself but for those without voice … those who have fought for their rights — their right to live in peace, their right to be treated with dignity, their right to equality of opportunity, their right to be educated.”
Malala Yousafzai, July 12, 2013
Beatrice’s Goat is a true story about an Ugandan girl who was able to fulfill her dream thanks to a goat. Beatrice eventually was able to receive an education in Uganda and was able to earn a Master’s degree here in U.S.A. While reading the story, we were able to compare and contrast this text with A Chair for my Mother.
1-What differences and similarities were you able to point out across the two texts?
“A Chair For My Mother” is a wonderful story about a girl, her mom, her grandma and a jar full of coins. The girl lives with her mom, a waitress, and her grandma in a small apartment. One day, on their way back to their apartment, they discovered it had caught on fire and they have lost everything they had. They moved to a new aparment, but since they had no furniture at all, they start saving up money to buy a new chair.
After reading the book, we discussed what it would feel like to lose everything you had. So, for this post you will think about the following:
1-What lesson do we learn from the characters in the story? 2- What context clues did you use to understand the expression ” There’s no good place for me to take a load off my feet”?
3-If you lost everything you had, what would you miss the most?
As the end of the year is soon approaching, testing is even closer! After reading about what the test will look like in the future, we have compared and contrast current questions with future ones.
Based on that, do you think the changes to the tests are an improvement or not? Why?
Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 05/06/2013
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