Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Red, White, and Blue!

We have been learning a lot of information about our flag. This week we read The Red, White and Blue-The Story of our Flag in our reading book. The students chose their favorite facts and wrote and illustrated them in their response journals. We are currently doing a writing unit that teaches us how to write about our reading. This was a great story to practice that skill. Our comprehension skill this week is fact and opinion. This concept is difficult for some students. Today, we made a T- Chart and brainstormed all the facts and opinions we could think of about the American flag.

America Theme Wall

Reading About History

We are also learning about our country's history in Social Studies. We have learned about the American Revolution and George Washington.

Writing About History

We are currently reading The Magic Tree House - Revolutionary War on Wednesday. The Magic Tree House books are so wonderful because they incorporate factual text in the books. We learn facts about history as we travel through time with Jack and Annie. These books are wonderful for second graders!

Another favorite of ours is George Washington's Teeth. George had bad teeth all his life. Did you know he had only two teeth when he crossed the Delaware? He had only one tooth when he became president! Poor George!

We drew portraits of George Washington. This was a directed art activity.

Portraits of George Washington

Tomorrow we will be reading patriotic poems. We will also be making edible flags with graham crackers and twizzlers! I will be posting pictures of our creations so stay tuned!

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