Great activity for World War II that forces students to think critically! Students are given five scenarios that involve World War II, the Holocaust, and its aftermath. Then they are asked to answer a series of thought provoking moral questions. Each story is based on a true event and the real stories are also provided. Extension suggestions and a lesson plan are included.
The Common Core State Standards require that students be able to recount stories and determine their central message, lesson, moral, or theme. Using the 9 main themes identified in my own classrom, I have created a quick and easy worksheet for students to use when determining theme and responding to literature!
Do you have the kid on the cover in your class? I've met him many times. This is a set of social narratives for providing expectations, perspective, and coping strategies for the classroom routines of raising hands to talk, lining up and walking quietly in the hall, and following teacher's direction. Great for a variety of student in addition to those with autism.
Teaching about theme - some great ideas here. I don't like the one word "themes" on the one anchor chart since they don't correspond to the definition of theme ("the message, moral or lesson..."), but there are some excellent ideas for teaching theme and assessing it here.
The Starfish Story is a great product for back to school. This poem adapted from Loren Eiseley’s work, is a perfect way to spread inspiration and motivation to your colleagues, staff or students in your class. #backtoschool #inspiration #free
This is a part of my 90 page unit about fables called Animals and their Stories for second, third, or fourth grade students. Fables are about animals that can talk and act like people. Students will learn to understand the central message, lesson, or moral of the story through asking and answering questions, describing how characters respond to major events, understanding the words and phrases that develop a better understanding of the lesson or theme, and understand how story structure…