I know I am a little late to the party on this one, but I wanted to post about our President's Day celebrations (just in time for Casimir Pulaski day - oops!).
One of the things I am trying to work on more is the "research" aspect of the Common Core Standards. Students are supposed to be gathering information, organizing it and discussing it. We took the opportunity to do so when we discussed Abraham Lincoln and George Washington for President's Day.
Here are the steps we took:
1. Read 3 books each about Lincoln and Washington.
2. Used post-it notes to mark facts (discussed fact/opinion).
3. Organized information in a Venn diagram as a group.
4. Wrote about it ourselves.
5. ...and then we of course added some color to make it exciting! The kids did a really great job, even if they were just copying from the list, everyone helped to organize. Some even expanded on their ideas and write their own.!
SO proud of my little ones for not only researching, but organizing the information and expanding! Not to mention all the "chopping" they had to do to sound out unfamiliar words.
We are going to try to do this with a number of other subjects... so stay tuned! :o)