We just finished our third week with students and I FINALLY feel like the kids are “getting it.” You know, getting how to ask to go to the bathroom or get water, how to read to self, where to turn in work, how to sit quietly on the carpet. I love, love, love the fresh anticipation and newness of a new school year. I hate, hate, hate training kids. This is where I start to hit my prime in teaching and find my stride. All is good in my little corner of the world.
We have been busy little beavers learning our location in the whole wide world. I realized how important this was when I told the students to put a craft we had made on the United States map carpet to dry. A student asked where Antatrica was because he wanted to put his Tacky there. I might have cringed a bit before I explained. And then I changed all my Social Studies plans to fit in this little gem from all over the web.
First I read the book Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney. It is the perfect intro for this unit.
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.