Black History Month is February 1 through February 28. It is a time to remember the contributions of African Americans in the United States.
Ruby Bridges is an African American who made a difference. She was a first grade student who was taken out of an all black school and put into an all white school that was closer to her home. She had to be escorted by Marshals to her new school because people yelled at her to go away.
Parents took their children out of school because she was black. She was the only one left in her class along with her teacher. It took months and months before parents brought their kids back to school. Finally, Ruby had friends to play with at school.
She was so brave. She changed history. John Steinbeck wrote about her. First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, wrote a letter to her. Norman Rockwell painted a picture of her.
Ruby Bridges is still alive and travels all over the country to tell her incredible story.
The following books tell her story and are available on amazon.
After reading and discussing Ruby's story I've created a FREE craft and writing activity that your class can complete. Please click on the picture below to download the craft and writing page.
Children love to move and have fun. When you incorporate the two together along with learning, then add chants and words, suddenly you have success!
Chants are a great way to practice and learn any words. They work wonderfully when transitioning between work jobs, centers, or standing in line. They are especially terrific for introducing sight or spelling words, color words, or word wall words.
Please download and enjoy my free chant cards. Available at teachers pay teachers. Please click on the image below to link.
Chant cards can be used together as a class, individually, in pairs, small groups, or whatever works best for your students.
Children love to tell stories. It seems they always have something to say about everything. They want to be given an opportunity to be heard and a place where they can express their thoughts. Writing messages are a perfect way for students to communicate with each other and with the teacher. Please download and enjoy my writing product, Narrative Writing - Please Leave a Message, for FREE. Available at teachers pay teachers. Please click on the image below to link to it.
There are seven different message pages that have both blackline masters (where students can color the pages) and also color copies. Two types of lined writing paper are provided and two pages of teaching tips.
The other message pages include: Helpful Hints for Our Classroom, Message to the Teacher, Nice Things About Our Classroom (Used at centers or stations.) The students who are at that center are encouraged to talk to each other and discuss: Helpful hints that can improve our classroom. Nice things that are happening in our classroom. Something that the teacher should know about the classroom or our school (school news only).
Students can pick one paper to complete or students can share one page and combine their thoughts and sentences.
Friday was a fun day!
I visited a second grade classroom.
The students were very sweet and eagerly waiting for me to present a lesson on writing.
I decided to teach story leads for personal narratives because most students usually revert to writing the "One day" beginning. That is such a boring introduction to a story!
I began my lesson by reading the leads from several trade books and asking the students if they wanted to hear the rest of the stories. "Yes," they shook their heads in agreement. We discussed why they thought those books would be interesting to read after just hearing the first few sentences. . . because good leads have something important and interesting to tell. Good leads attract and invite the reader to continue reading.
If you would like a FREE copy of my lesson(s) on story leads please click on the picture below. It's posted on TPT.
I was visiting a kindergarten classroom and noticed lots of fall books displayed across the tops of several shelves. Ooh yes, love those picture books! They get my attention every time. (I can spend hours looking at picture books.) Immediately I began browsing.
After thumbing through several of the books, this one caught my eye, Sneeze, Big Bear, Sneeze! It's a fun and wonderful way to introduce fall.
Big Bear is walking through the forest. The wind is swirling around him and he sneezes. Bear notices the leaves falling off the tree. He thinks his sneeze caused the leaves to fall down. So he gets a hammer and nail and tries to hammer the leaves back onto the tree.
Bear sneezes again and thinks he caused the apples to fall from the tree. He thinks his sneezing caused the geese to wake up and fly south.
The wind tries to convince Bear that she is the cause of what was happening. But Bear does not believe her. Finally the wind gets angry and lets out a whirling, twirling mighty shout and says she does it all because she is the autumn breeze.
At the end, Bear has no choice but to believe that what the wind said was true.
I really like this book! It it a great addition to any classroom library. I decided to make some comprehension question and answer sticks to go along with the book, common core aligned, as well as a windsock craft and writing prompts. It's a great way to support literacy and stretch student understanding and appreciation of the story.