A few days ago I got this awesome question in my email.
“I just bought your Frederick Douglass pack on TPT. It looks great!! Can you give us any tips on which activity you plan or have done first?? Thanks!!!”
It made me think a.) this is a great question and 2.) I haven’t shared anything about my new line of products!
In Georgia we study several different historical figures in Social Studies in both second and third grades. It kind makes me scratch my head, because we study these people in isolation and not really in any relevant context. For example we study Paul Revere in third grade, but not the Revolution War? What?!
So, I have made a few products to teach these difficult, isolated concepts. I created this line of products for third grade called Historical People Pockets. So far I have created a pack on Paul Revere, Frederick Douglass, and Susan B. Anthony.
Each of the packets include:
-a mini book with questions
-character traits flip flap book
-step book that is great for formative assessment
All of the activities fit in a pocket (hence the name) or can be glued in an interactive notebook.
Each pack is $4.75 EXCEPT for Susan B. Since today is her first day listed, I reduced it 50% off! For tonight only it will be $2.38!
I will be making one for all the third grade historical figures. Next up is Ms. Mary McLeod Bethune!
So, back to the email question. I responded:
I thought the mini book would be a great way to front load info.
Then I would probably use any text provided by the district (my county provided these awesome small biography books), use PebbleGo (does your school have a subscription? LOVE it), or a video, or something visual (the person that emailed the questions told me there was a great video on the Biography channel for Frederick Douglass). I would usually use the books as my reading mini lesson and tie it in to main idea, text structures, text features, or main idea.
Then we would do the map and then the trait flip book.
Then I would finish up with the timeline and do the step book as partner work. In the past, at this point in the year, the students in my class would not be ready for the open answer questions. Yet.
Creating the pocket and word search would be time killers that not everyone would get to do (to be honest).
So, how would you use them? What order would work best in your classroom?
I have also had several questions about my other packs.
So far I have only written one for Paul Revere in third and Jimmy Carter in second. My goal is to write one for every figure, but these are very labor intensive and take awhile. These may not happen as quickly as I like! But I promise to try!
My sweet friend Abby at The Third Grade Bookworm
made these paper dolls from the pack but added the teabag and feather. So cute!!
And another friend took this picture of a student filling out the circle map. Great graphic organizer to replace the boring, old KWL!
Mandy Gregory is a 2007 and 2012 Teacher of the Year. She has taught 4th, 3rd, and 2nd grade in both the general education and inclusion setting. She is the owner and creator of the Teaching Tips website (www.mandygregory.com) and has over 10 years of experience. She is married with two beautiful children.