Making the family connection: Discuss: Today’s research remains connected to our U.S. Presidents. We can discover information about our Presidents, the White House, Washington DC, or any
Materials: family learning journals/paper, pencils, colored pencils, and/or crayons
Remindthem to open their journals to the next available page and date it. Don’t forget to have them label the top of the page with today’s learning topic/skill.
Today’s literary connection: Biography reports can be used for any historical person, the best resource is one that has listed “primary sources” from the archives of that person. These archives can be letters, journals, news articles, or biographical reports that were directly gathered from real time interviews. Historical research is an attempt to make personal connections with the situations, the people, the events, and the ideas of the past that have influenced and shaped our present. Primary source documents are artifacts created during a particular period in history.
Guided Inquiry: Using the information from the slide above, discuss how today’s biographical report could be researched (Kid’s Discover link; FVRL link; Ben’s Guide link)
Family Investigation: Invite one of the family to begin writing down important facts while you discover new information about our presidents and/or Washington DC.
Learning extension: Using the facts from your investigation, invite all learners to draft 1-3 facts that they want to remember. Remind them to use complete sentences (who, did what, when, why). Then they can create a picture to go with their learning.
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