I took this picture from my front porch earlier this afternoon. I think we have between 2-3 inches (please don't laugh at us, seasoned weather vets). Roads are NUTS. Schools didn't close in time and kids will be stuck there overnight. Yes, you read that correctly. School buses are still stuck on the road. WITH kids. I can't even imagine. My husband's 1 hour commute took SEVEN hours. It is gridlocked and scary.
But, anyway. You want to read this whole post to the bottom. Pretty please :).
A few weeks ago I got a Facebook message from a friend of mine from the school. I am sure the message is one most of you can related to. It said something along the lines of, " I am tired, over worked, and can't think of a single creative idea for informational writing. Please help me and see if you can spark the creative juices."
I got sucked in like nobody's business and had ALL KINDS of ideas. And once I get started on something, I have a hard time letting go. The idea gets bigger, and bigger, and bigger until I am usually squashed by the snowball. My coteacher and I always joked last year that if there was a hard way and an easy way to do something, we inevitably took the hard way and adjusted it to make it as complicated as we possibly could! LOL!
So that simple little spark my friends asked for turned into this and this.
I wrote two different units. The Georgia Hero Unit is specifically aimed at Georgia third grade teachers and the Famous African Americans Unit is specifically aimed at third grade teachers in states that are using the Common Core Standards.
The units are mostly identical, except for the people being researched. All of the lessons are the same, so there is no need for teachers to purchase both. We would all just be sad :(.
This thing is HUGE- over 130 pages each! It is pretty much your entire informational writing unit with every informational writing standard addressed EXCEPT for publishing with technology. I specifically left this out because I did want to make any assumptions about a teacher's technological resources (or lack thereof).
Students use Post It Notes and a flip book to order and record research. Flipbook and step-by-step instructions are included. Small, mini books are included on all the Georgia Heroes (except for Caser Chavez and Lyndon B. Johnson) and on all 6 famous African Americans.
Two page list of suggested, authentic texts is included.
Tons of materials to teach the informational lessons, including 6 posters.
For the next few hours this is going on:
Better hurry! It won't last long!!
I also created an abbreviated pack of the famous African American unit.
I also created an abbreviated version of the Informational Unit Focusing on Famous African Americans with two exceptions. I added a different graphic organizer and the comprehension questions for each figure. It is 43 pages and is a steal at only $3!
For each famous figure there is:
- · A mini book for students to read and use for research
- · Three comprehension questions about the mini book
- · Answer key for the questions
- · Graphic organizer about the figure’s life
- · A list of suggested resources for additional research
- · Paper for students to write a final draft
However if you buy EITHER the Informational Writing Unit Focusing on Georgia Heroes or Famous African Americans, you get this free. Simply email me at email@example.com and I will send it to you!
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