With Dr. Seuss' birthday right around the corner, we have been reading, reading, reading...and learning a bunch too!
Today, the kids got to present their Black History Projects. Every year, my team & I ask the kiddies to do their first research project. Encouraging kids to read non-fiction text and to practice some of our Common Core research strategies is one of the reasons we do this, but we also think it's a great way to celebrate Black History Month.
Often times, only the "bigs" get to do stuff like this & line the hallways with their cool stuff, so we like to give our firsties an opportunities to show off their big brains!
Here's some of the awesome projects!!!
Aren't they great??? My favorites are always the ones where the kids really do most of the work & you can tell. I have to say, they did a great job presenting their "person", too. I was just a wee bit proud :)
When we're finished, I grade them using the given rubric & the kids evaluate themselves. That's a big part of our evaluation system this year - having kids set their own goals, and grade themselves on their work and progress. That's so hard to do with first graders, but we're working on it!
So, because a couple kids chose Louis Armstrong & it's a great culmination activity for our study of black history, we also listened to a few tunes... ( I love all that YouTube has to offer!!)
I just LOVE their illustrations....this always shows off their sweet side & that children's innocence we don't get to see much anymore. It makes my heart just swell with happiness.
We then cut them apart & make them into a little book.
If you want a copy of this, let me know & I'll email it to you...or leave a comment with your email address. I dont have it uploaded to TpT or Docs, so I can definitely send it on :)
What do y'all do for research projects?? We are looking for another one to do because the kids had such a good time & they rocked it !!!
So, that's about it for our Tuesday. Time to get to making some Dr. Seuss stuff for Friday - we get to have D.E.A.R (Drop Everything and Read) Day & the kiddies get to wear their PJ's to school, bring a favorite stuffed animal, pillow and blanket. Fun fun... I love days like that ! :)
As always, thanks for stopping by!