Monday, January 21, 2013

Martin Luther King, Jr. + Freedom on the Menu +Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs = Fun Galore!

   I love the week leading up to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  It's an excuse for me to listen to one of my favorite songs, Stevie Wonder's "Happy Birthday," again and again.  This week kindergarten and first grade read about why we celebrate this holiday.  We had lots of great discussion about how Dr. King changed the world.  We also learned how to use table of contents, glossaries, and the index to learn facts about Dr. King.  We closed with a video of the aforementioned song.



   In third grade we discussed Dr. King's legacy using Carole Boston Weatherford's Freedom on the Menu:the Greensboro Sit-Ins


   

   We opened with a discussion of what it meant to be segregated. The following slides (courtesy of the Library of Congress) helped us visualize segregation more easily, though it's still a difficult topic even for adults to understand.




  After viewing these protest signs, we practiced using persuasion, making our own placards like FOTM's Connie.


 

    In second grade we switched gears, practicing comparison and contrast, using Mo Willems' Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs vs. Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  We closed by creating a title and cover art for our individual versions of Goldilocks, using the following Mo Willems' video to inspire us to greatness.  

  
   We had a great time in OAES Library Media Center---looking forward to the next week. One last thing, all you Reading Rock Stars, don't forget! Wednesday, January 25th, reading logs are due.

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