In this Cherokee tale, a boy is trying to solve a problem that was affecting an elderly couple in the village. When the boy realized what the problem was, he did not know how to solve it. So he decided to ask the Belowed Woman for help. Luckily, she suggested a solution.
After reading the story, you will be thinking about the following questions:
1-What character traits can you infer about the boy?
December 1st marks the anniversary of the bus boycott day led by Rosa Parks. This year is the 60th anniversary from that inspiring day of courage. In preparation for this day, Teaching Tolerance offered an outstanding webinar that I had the privilege to attend. This webinar provided me with excellent tools to implement in my classroom to teach to my students the importance of Rosa Park’s leadership in the Civil Rights movement.
One of the key ideas that I took from this webinar, was that even though we recognize Rosa Parks as one of the leaders in the Civil rights movement, she did not act alone. There were a lot of other men and women that helped shape the movement. Among others, there were Caucasian pastors and attorneys providing legal support and encouragement. The idea that is most relevant for the classroom though. is that it takes teamwork to accomplish a goal. Some students sometimes believe that if they are not like a particular leader, they won’t be able to make any changes or to stand up for their what they believe in. The reality shows that big changes come from great leaders that are part of a group. So what the “Beyond the Bus”movement is trying to prove, is there are myths around the Rosa Parks’ story that need to be clarified. But above all, what I want my students to understand is that they don’t have to be politicians or rich and famous to promote action, or to be agents of change. Rosa Parks was just a normal person, who was going home from work and by sitting down she stood up to change the world.
The hour of code 2015 is fast approaching!!!! This year, we will be joining the hour of coding for the third time in a row!
Every year, the organizers release a video advertising the event. This time around, they released this video with a strong emphasis on girls. So for your post, you will be answering the following questions.
1-What is the video’s purpose?
2-Why do you think the producers are using all girls to convey their message?
Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Writing | Posted on 11/06/2015
This week, we have been learning about poetry elements. We know that poetry is used to express feelings or emotions. Good writers use different poetic elements to express their thinking. Your task is to select a picture from Storybirdto create similes, metaphors, alliteration, personification, onomatopoeia or hyperboles.
In class, we have discussed the importance of identifying the theme or central message when we read stories, poems or interact with social media. After watching this commercial, you will think about the following questions:
1- Can you determine the central message or theme that the producers are trying to communicate?
2- Why do you think this commercial was created?
Technology is here to stay. More than ever, our classrooms are becoming a creative outlet to bring the world to our students. Thus, we are one step closer to bringing our schools into the 21st century!
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Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Teaching Ideas | Posted on 02/28/2015
The following video is an example of how to prepare students to interact with complex texts. The importance of scaffolding in this case with “focus questions”, provides students with a solid understanding of who they are learning about before moving on to why.