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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Day 120- George Washington (not Carver)

We are studying American History and Government, and who better to start with than the Father of Our Country?

The hard part of this lesson was that my students have already learned about George Washington Carver from when we studied Famous Scientists and during our Black History lessons. When we started our KWL chart, most of what they "knew" was about Carver, not Washington!

Now, I ask you, how can there be any confusion? Washington and Carver lived a hundred years apart, in different states, and grew up to have different occupations! I mean, they don't even look alike! Washington wore a wig!

Now, any teacher worth her salt knows to write whatever the students come up with in the "Know" section, that way, if it's wrong, we can fix their misconceptions in the "Learned" section. But after a while, I had to start asking my students, "Now, was that Washington or Carver?"

Here is what we came up with. Tomorrow we will fill in the "Learned" section. Some of my students get pulled at the end of the day, and I don't want them to miss anything.

In order for us to fill out the "Learned" section, first we have to learn something! We went through a Power Point I made just for this occasion. If you'd like the Power Point on Washington, click {HERE}.

I see us creating a Venn Diagram tomorrow too! I think it will help us visualize the difference between the two.

I don't have pictures from this morning because I wasn't in my classroom this morning! I was pulled into a math Professional Development (the last one with this particular presenter). Never fear, my soldiers were in good hands with Mrs. Matthews!

The note she left let me know that she enjoyed my class and they worked hard. As if there were any doubt! Thank you. Mrs. Matthews for your hard work as well!

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