If I had my own reality show, it might be called “What NOT to Teach!” That would definitely be my theme for the next few weeks, anyway.
So… Let’s talk turkey! For the love of your students, PLEASE do not incorporate the story of the first Thanksgiving into your ELA or reading lesson plans this week. Your middle grades students are SICK and TIRED of that same ole stuff year after year.
For those of you who were planning to have your students do some sort of writing activity (no matter how you think you’re going to spice it up) about what they’re THANKFUL for… Well… there might be a special (BAD) place for you in your students’ hearts this week.
Sometimes, it’s hard to face these truths. I know. I’ve been there, done that wrong!
Of course, there are good ways to Thanksgiving-ize your lessons for the next few weeks, but it may require a little bit of thinking outside of the box. Here’s what my students will be doing:
• Reading a nonfiction article about the mistreatment and abuse of baby turkeys at the nation’s largest hatchery.
• Identifying persuasive techniques and types of details used in the article.
• Viewing and analyzing a video clip about innovative humane practices at turkey farms and processing plants.
• Comparing the nonfiction article to the video clip.
• Viewing a video clip on cooking your first turkey. Taking notes in a series of tasks with a note taking form.
• Turning notes into a recipe for baking a turkey.
• Turning recipe into an explanatory paragraph.
• Completing a Turkey Fun Facts Internet Research Scavenger Hunt.
I love social studies and easily incorporate it often into my reading lessons. But, when I incorporate science (my weakness) like I have this week, I really feel like I’m rockin’ it!