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This week, we’ve been working on activities with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Our state standards require that first graders learn about influential Americans. Although I’ve been creating a lot of resources for my students…I came across a pack by Katie Knight that has been a real time saver for me. 🙂 Her pack highlights 13 American Heroes. I have placed the timeline pieces up on my cabinets, and as the the famous American ties into what I am teaching, I select pieces of her pack to use in my classroom. We’ve already studied Harriet Tubman and Martin Luther King. This week, we used her resources for George Washington and Lincoln! 🙂
I’ve been really working towards pairing texts in my classroom during the read aloud times–making an effort to balance my read alouds with a mix of literary and informational texts. George Washington’s Teeth, by Deborah Chandra, A Picture Book of George Washington, by David Adler, A Picture Book of Abraham Lincoln by David Adler, The Gettysburg Address and Of thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama.
Today, I’ll share about my George pairings. On Monday, we read the historical fiction text George Washington’s Teeth. A true account of the struggle that Washington had with his teeth–written in rhyme. The second book is a biography on the entire life of President Washington. The students really responded to both texts. While I read the book, I stopped and monitored their comprehension through targeted questioning and partner sharing. (We’ve also been working on collaborative ways to ask and answer questions about our reading.)
On Monday, I read both of my George texts. On Tuesday I read both of my Abe texts. Today, We reflected on both texts with this Venn Diagram activity that I whipped up! 🙂 I took facts from each book and asked the students to fill it in! They did a great job with it! 🙂
Once we did that…I had them brainstorm about what words they could use in their George Washington stories. I just made a simple bubble map on the board. The classroom was SO QUIET when they were writing! They were really thinking about it! 🙂 It was so cool! 🙂