I have been wanting to start this segment of my blog for awhile. I incorporating a strong piece of literature with a Moffat photograph and a primary source document in as many of my lessons as I can. It's hard to go wrong when you have the primary source and a Moffat photograph!
I had a grand time in Colonial Williamsburg this summer as a participant in the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute. We were treated like royalty.
However, one of my most cherished moments was on my last day there when I noticed the Marquis de Lafayette on his horse and approached him for a photo. Before I even got up to ask, he motioned to me and said, "Is that the famous traveling rabbit I have heard about?"
Thanks Marquis de Lafayette. You made my day! Hope yours was a good one!!!
Youtube is such a wonderful addition to the classroom as we were able to enjoy the very creative birthday song as well as an overview by Finley Holiday. Many of the students were familiar with some of the more prominent National Parks, which led to a very engaging conversation about the parks. One of my students even brought in her collection of Junior Ranger badges (I had mine to show off as well).
Over the years, I have grown to LOVE the National Parks (my husband thinks I am crazy for the Park Rangers). I was not exposed to the NPS as a child and feel like I am making up for it now. The diversity of the system leads to learning about science and social studies and can be differentiated for any grade level. Many of the parks have well developed lesson plans online that can be used for extended learning. My biggest challenge is going to be to limit the number of parks that I share with my students. I want to create a balance between the beauty and conservation efforts of the National Parks with the historic value of the memorials, battlefields and monuments. It is impossible to go wrong with any of my choices.
I am looking forward to the new year for many reasons. It excites me to bring the NPS into my classroom as an educational tool and I am looking forward to more travels to National Parks that I have yet to enjoy. Our studies will be a fun-filled adventure that I am excited to embark upon! More updates down the road!
Mofat enjoyed a visit with Chief Ranger Paul at the Yorktown Visitors Center
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It is hard to decide which parks to highlight and share with the students as the choices are so exciting. I am thankful for the collection of NPS brochures that I have collected over the years to share with the students. I do think that is important to highlight the diversity of the park system and the many sites that the NPS protects.
The stories that come from the NPS are inspiring for students of all ages. These stories and the wealth of online resources are going to be an inspiration for learning in our classroom for the upcoming year. Because of the diversity of the park system, the cross-curricular opportunities are a teacher's dream. In my grade, I focus on the social studies and my teammate focuses on the science. The diversity of the NPS offers a fantastic umbrella to focus on both subjects, not to mention art and writing opportunities.
If you have not already seen the NPS WebRangers Program online, please take the time to explore the website. This site offers a great variety fun learning activities applicable to all ages and abilities.
Can't wait until Thursday!!!
This particular student has become an TR expert (as much as a first grader can). His parents gave him a presidential book for his birthday and he proudly shows it to anyone that visits our class and will listen. I even had to scold him to put it away as we had other assignments. He proudly presented me with a TR book that he had written.
My point in all this is that history and the stories involved, does impact all kids, you just don't know when and where. I am so proud of this student and his desire to learn more! I hope that his interests in the field carry him far and I am thankful that we took to the time in class to learn about TR!!! BULLY!!
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