My students are 30 bright-eyed, energetic, 6 and 7-year-olds, from the south side of Chicago, who are eager to learn, explore, and have a place to belong. They are full of potential, but need the right tools to realize all of it.
They come from tough circumstances, but every day they come to school smiling and excited about what the day has in store.
Their smiles and perpetual optimism inspire me to work harder, make fewer excuses, and give them the good start they deserve in school.
The months between Winter Break and Spring Break are notoriously long, grey, and monotonous in school. The excitement of a new school year has worn off, the holidays are over, and it's cold and dark outside.
This year, I'm looking for ways to add a little extra flair to the months of January-March, so I'm planning one extra-exciting activity for each of those months.
In January, we will perform "Contraction Surgery" when we learn about contractions. Students will dress up as surgeons with the masks and caps from this project to perform surgery on two words as they cut out letters and bandage the remaining ones back together with an apostrophe.
In February, we will have fun with "Compound Construction" when we start reading compound words. Students will use the hard hats from this project to dress up like construction workers as they build compound words with Legos.
In March, we will celebrate the birthday of our favorite book character, Pete the Cat, by spending a Friday afternoon rereading all of our favorite Pete books. At the end of the day, each student will get to take home one Pete the Cat book from this project. This year, the winter months will be the best months!
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