After looking at the 2nd grade’s current IB/PYP Unit of Inquiry, I asked our second grade chair about what we should be working on in the library. I suggested that I could read some picture book biographies about people who have made an impact on their community and she liked that idea. The students were learning about people who make a difference in their communities, such as Jimmy Carter, MLK Jr. and Jackie Robinson. I read Jeanette Winter’s book, Wangari’s Trees of Peace, which is an excellent biography about Wangari Maathai for this age group.
As I was reading the author’s notes in the back of the book, the students all perked up when I read that Maathai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. They would say, “Just like Jimmy Carter” or “Just like Martin Luther King, Jr.!”
After reading the book we discussed how Maathai changed her community. I asked the students for words from the book that were important or key and we created a word wall on a white board. Note: I had to write “woman” and “women” because many of our students used the singular form of the noun when referring to the plural or they use “womans”.
Then I asked the students to respond to one of two questions: How did she change her community? or Whose lives did she impact and how? I asked the students to provide text evidence (one of their ELA standards).
Video Recording via Flipgrid
Some students wrote a sentence of two and were immediately ready to video tape their response on Flipgrid. Others needed some help with editing, which the teacher and I provided them with. Since classes are scheduled for about 30 minutes we did the actual recording at their next library visit. They love to see and hear themselves. I email the link to the teacher after all students have recorded their reflections.
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