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Spring And Poetry Are In The Air

Being that it’s poetry month, my Kindergarten-first grade class started reading more poetry over the past two weeks and we have started writing our own poems!  The kids are so creative and motivated, it’s a treat to see. We started with acrostic poems. Acrostic poems are very concrete and accessible for students writing at all…

Learning to think Critically about History

The students use a history book called Reasoning with Democratic Values.  It’s a valuable resource for our class because it engages issues in American history with an open mind regarding what the correct path should have been at different points in history.  The legacy of many events in American history are settled. We’re comfortable in…

K-2 Artifact Detectives

In social studies this year, we have been learning about the history of Chicago, using machines as a lens to guide us.  Recently, we studied the Great Chicago Fire. Students were fascinated with learning about the second star on the Chicago flag and one of the reasons Chicago is nicknamed the “Second City”.   I…