Students will recognize and draw conclusions about why major United States landmarks, historic sites, and The Star Spangled Banner are important.
Our Essential Question: Why are certain people, places, and events recognized as more important than others? (Standard 3)
In order to answer the essential question I wanted to give students the opportunity to investigate national monuments. We started with print and digital resources.
Students were so excited to share as experts about their chosen monument.
I had planned an 80 minute work time. I had 2 classroom volunteers helping for about 45 minutes. Students were so engaged I had to remind them to take a break and get a drink or use the restroom. We stopped for lunch and I asked students to clean up and explained we would work on their research the next day. They begged me to let them finish after lunch. What can I say... I'm a softie. We finished and their end products were amazing. Sometimes I have to remind myself they are only 7 and 8 years old because their stamina and work products surpass my expectations.
My research goal for students was for them to read information, choose the most important ideas, organize ideas and share them in their own words. We made great progress on using your own words instead of just copying from the text. We still need to work on choosing the most important information and organizing that information.