1/6/14- I also supplemented this lesson by showing the kiddos two books we had in our library with examples of older toys as well as those we use today.
1/7/13- I did this with one of the 3rd grade classes today. I gave each set of partners a picture, had them circle "old" things and list what games they saw. I had them share with the group what looked old and what games. I supplemented the lesson by pulling up a picture of the replica of the Laura I. Wilder house near Independence, KS and showed it to them. I began On the Banks of Plum Creek but we didn't finish chapter 1. Had some respect reminders for when others are sharing.
1/9/14-3M- Great at picking out details of pictures but hard time taking things seriously. Overall pretty good....didn't seem to excited about me reading On the Banks of Plum creek sections.
On the Banks of Plum Creek will get more exciting, I promise!
1/13/14- Today we did the Read Kansas lesson about "Early Schools in Kansas". When we compared schools of that time to schools of today, they had some really good contrast/comparisons. They were impressed by how far some of the students had to walk and that many didn't have books. They also thought that the teacher who disciplined kids with a ruler should go to jail! ;)
Ha ha, that is way funny! I'm doing it in a few minutes so we will see how it goes for mine!
1-13-14; Read Kansas/School days from the past;
I think these kids as any kids now days have a hard time imagining what school was really like back then. When looking at one of the photos one of the kids asked which one was me? Ha! "Don't think I can remember that far back!" They liked sharing the kinds of games they played; a lot of them knew what croquet was.
1/14/13-3P- We had the first chapter and School chapter to read so a lot of time was spent listening. Some were fidgeting so the part about the ruler caught their attention! We discussed the pictures and some similarities and differences of school now and then. I think I could have spiced it up a little.....lost some of them.
1/15/14-3M...did pretty good. We looked at some pics on google of one room school houses and I think that visual helped. We also talked about the No shoes, lunch pail, chalkboard, ruler, etc. from the story. We did the little clue sheet from the lesson. It went pretty good. Good listeners (mostly..ha ha)
1/21-3P-I decided to go ahead with Why is the State called Kansas and just adapted the lesson from inside the folder. We read the 34th star together and discussed it and then in partners I had them read Meet the Kansas front and back (I copied 1 set per partner) and fill out the graphic organizer. I labeled my own graphic organizer with the suggested questions from the lesson plan so they could answer those in their organizer. They did pretty good with reading quiet but we had to talk about adding detail to create a mental picture. They were writing things like -What was the Kansa house made out of. " It was a wooden dome". Asked them to give more so they added "it was covered with....." I will start with mental pictures with the next class before we start the work.
1/23/14- 3M- Today I started the lesson asking them about which star on the flag we were and where we got the name Kansas. They knew the star, they did not know Kansa. I read the 34th star page to them and then I read a little from the book Early Days in Kansas by Bliss Isely. I read pg. 17 that talked about Coronado coming to KS and then I read chpt. 4 about the Wild horses and the Wichita and Kansa Indians not liking each other. They found it interesting and it tied in the Kansa (Kansas) to Wichita Indians and Wichita...both names they are familiar with. We then worked with our partner to answer the questions on the graphic organizer and I talked to them about painting a mental picture in my mind but providing lots of details. Some got it, some didn't but I think it helped!
1-28-14- 3P-I started the lesson with a youtube video of the original Home on the Range. It has the lyrics and pictures from the past (which we have been talking about some as well). We listened to that and then read the History card. I made my own little worksheet which made them use the dictionaries to look up words. They had to re-write the phrase from the lyrics so that it made sense to us. For example: "forever in azure so bright" they would re-write something like this "forever the blue sky so bright". They did great looking up the meaning of the words but wasn't quite sure how to re-write it so we did that together and showed them how to replace the word we didn't know with the definition in the sentence. Some may need changed to make sense but some fit right in. Overall pretty good.
1-27-14; Home On the Range; We ended up talking about games played from long ago. They played 20 questions; we did a practice round to show them what kind of questions to ask to figure out if it's a person, place, or thing. They liked it.
1-27-14; Forgot 3rd grade read the chapter about Nellie Olsen. They
liked hearing about her.
1-30-14 3M We listened to youtube Home on the Range and discussed how sometime poems were hard to understand because they use unfamiliar words. They worked with a partner looking for the definition of words they didn't know from 3 different lines of the song I provided. WE worked together to rewrite those lines so that they we understood the meaning.
2-10-14; Searchasaurus/Cups; The first class had a difficult time with following directions and working together as a table group. Maybe next time, have them try it without the computers, then get the computers and check to see if they got them under the right subject headings. 2nd class only had time to search for about 10 minutes because of an assembly. They were getting better at using the link for Searchasaurus.
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