I think Mother Nature is confused. This is Georgia, people.
I took this picture from my front porch earlier this afternoon. I think we have between 2-3 inches (please don’t laugh at us, seasoned weather vets). Roads are NUTS. Schools didn’t close in time and kids will be stuck there overnight. Yes, you read that correctly. School buses are still stuck on the road. WITH kids. I can’t even imagine. My husband’s 1 hour commute took SEVEN hours. It is gridlocked and scary.
But, anyway. You want to read this whole post to the bottom. Pretty please :).
A few weeks ago I got a Facebook message from a friend of mine from the school. I am sure the message is one most of you can related to. It said something along the lines of, ” I am tired, over worked, and can’t think of a single creative idea for informational writing. Please help me and see if you can spark the creative juices.”
I got sucked in like nobody’s business and had ALL KINDS of ideas. And once I get started on something, I have a hard time letting go. The idea gets bigger, and bigger, and bigger until I am usually squashed by the snowball. My coteacher and I always joked last year that if there was a hard way and an easy way to do something, we inevitably took the hard way and adjusted it to make it as complicated as we possibly could! LOL!
So that simple little spark my friends asked for turned into this and this.
Included in the pack are 23 days of EXPLICIT lesson plans for students to select, research ,write, revise and edit a four paragraph essay about a Georgia Hero or famous African American.
famous figure there is:
- · A mini book for students to read and
use for research
- · Three comprehension questions about
the mini book
- · Answer key for the questions
- · Graphic organizer about the figure’s
- · A list of suggested resources for
- · Paper for students to write a final
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.