This documentary definitely pulled on my heartstrings a lot which I think it was intended to do. It is absolutely terrifying to me that there are young kids experiencing the things that the young kids in this documentary experienced. No one should watch or see someone die, especially not a 10-year-old child. I hope to be more than just a teacher for my future students. I want to do more than just teach these kids math… I want to teach them equality and inform them of different cultures. It was so shocking to see that the school has bullet holes in it and that some of the teachers are just blaming these kids. I was so happy to see the kids standing up for themselves when the librarian was blaming them for how dirty LA is.
I chose this picture because it spoke volumes to me. We need to be helping people not hurting them or making it any harder. Immigrants come to America for a better life not to ruin our country or to take our jobs.
I have definitely progressed a lot further than my last update. I’m not too sure I’ll have a full blanket for a person of my size by the time I have to bring it to class though, I might have to bring in a baby blanket. I definitely underestimated how much time I would be able to dedicate to this project.
Explorations to try
#6 Look at the following pictures, taken at the beach. My daughter took them with her iPhone. What math can you extract from them?!
identifying shapes and patterns, measuring round objects
Symmetry, measuring distance
The lesson plan for SOL 3.8
We would have the students be broken into groups and they would be assigned a different phase of a subject. For our specific lesson, we chose plant life cycles. So after they are assigned a phase, they learn about it and they can decide a key concept from their phase to print and then teach the class about. The groups will go in chronological order and the teacher will have the end phase. We have a flower and it has all the parts.
Examples could include seeds, stems, leaves, petals, roots, the sun or sun rays, and chlorophyll.
You could use this lesson with any of the other subjects in this specific SOL
The student will investigate and understand basic patterns and cycles occurring in nature. Key concepts include a) patterns of natural events such as day and night, seasonal changes, simple phases of the moon, and tides; b) animal life cycles; and c) plant life cycles.