This week has been … heavy. Things have seemed chaotic in my classroom, as many of my students have some pretty serious out-of-school stuff going on that is almost completely out of my control. I am spent emotionally and physically. Luckily, because I live in Maine, somehow the first day of spring has brought me a much needed mental-health-snow-day.
With all of my frustration and sadness for my kiddos, I am so grateful that I am teaching a topic that I love right now and not having to trudge along through some required learning about which I’m not completely stoked.
Two weekends ago, I had an army of helpers who brought a Seussian makeover to my classroom.
So far in our unit, we’ve been learning about poetry and imagination. My students and I did an activity around the book “Not a Box” and they also dreamed up some crazy inventions to help them address a problem in their house for homework. Tomorrow, my school is having an all-school read-a-thon event and in my classroom, we are having a marathon Seuss read aloud. I have friends and parents coming in to share their favorite Seuss books from 10-5. I am really excited about this and my students cannot wait!
Next week we are jumping into exploring Civil Rights with The Sneetches and then we’ll be studying the environment with The Lorax. Stay tuned for future posts — this is the unit that I’ve been planning for and excited about all year long!