|Citizenship is the Character Ed Word for the Month|
Before reading My Teacher for President, I asked the students what they thought the President does. "He runs people out of the country." "No! No! He runs in the country." "He gives us gas." "He tells jokes."
I love my job. <3
Then I asked them why their teacher would be a good President. The first four reasons on the chart below, were generated before I read the book to some 2nd graders. My favorite; "She's bossy." The teachers loved seeing what their students thought of them. After reading Vote for Me!..., to a class that tattles on each other all the time, I had them tell something nice about another student in their class. I paired students so they would have to say something nice about someone they fight with all the time. The smiles and attitudes were priceless.
|My Teacher for President|
|Kindergartners Vote for Pete the Cat or Pigeon|
I listen to the news on tv in mornings while getting ready for work. One morning they were trying to explain electoral votes. I was still confused. Grace for President explained it so that I could understand it. My plan to have students research the number of electoral votes that NC has was ruined in one class, when a student noticed the illustration of the map with the numbers on it.
While two students at a time voted for Greg Heffley or Junie B. Jones, the other students watched Word Girl: A Vote for Becky. They made connections between the book and the video. It was interesting to see what connections each class was able to make. Every class was able to connect the most obvious similarities, but they surprised me with their higher order thinking.
|5th Graders Vote for Greg Heffley or Junie B. Jones|