Hello Everybody! Today, I am linking up with Jennifer from Mrs. Laffin's Laughings for A Peek at My Week.
I'd like to start by sharing a fabulous mentor text that I will be using this week.
Hooray! Today, I get to link back up with Amanda and Stacia from Collaboration Cuties for Must Read Mentor Texts. (I missed the last two weeks because I no longer teach science or math.)
We have been working on our "Conflict and Settlement" unit in social studies. Our current focus in the Revolutionary War. One great mentor text for this unit is George vs. George, by Rosalyn Schanzer.
This book starts off by showing how the two Georges (George Washington and King George III) are alike.
Soon, the reader sees the sharp differences between these two. The book takes the reader through the entire process of the colonists' fight for independence: from unreasonable taxes, to the Boston Tea Party, to the Declaration of Independence, to the the end of the Revolutionary War.
What I like best about the book is how it uses a variety of easy to read maps and cartoons to make some very complex concepts understandable to my fourth graders.
I don't read the entire book to my class, but I share portions of it as we cover significant events. The book is also available for students to read during Daily 3 work time. If the Revolutionary War is in your curriculum, I highly recommend this book!
Here are a few other things I have planned for this week.
On Tuesday, we will have our second monthly school assembly. We decided to have monthly assemblies to build the sense of community in the school. At each assembly, we will be honoring a community leader. This month, we will honor our superintendent.
I have used the book The Best Part of Me in writing for several years now. I have seen many great versions of writing inspired by this book. One of my favorites is from Kelly at Fabulous in Fourth. I love how she mounted the photos on black and white paper. Here is the picture I pinned from her blog.
On Wednesday, students will work on our version of this project, using this inspiration.
I'm off to check out all the other great mentor texts and plans for the week.
Thank you, and have a great week!