Notes from An Alien

~ Explorations In Reading, Writing & Publishing ~

Layering “Texts” to Deepen Understanding as Students Read (Secretly modeling how to be passionate about inquiry) by Shelli Thelen

Nerdy Book Club

History is an important window for all students to view the world through. As a child, I learned about American history and ancient civilizations. I was not interested in history as a student until we began to learn about more contemporary events that occurred in the 20th century. As a fifth-grade teacher of social studies in the 21st century, I have learned that history is more global than I believed to be as a student. I have also found that throughout our world history, certain themes continue to bubble up: Class, Freedom, Entitlement, and Justice.

One of my most favorite things about being an elementary teacher is that I get to “dip” my hands into all of the content areas each day. I get to connect objectives across the content areas while students have time and space to really explore an idea. My favorite question to hear from a student…

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