Over the weekend, I was looking at our upcoming Social Studies section and realizing that it was over ten pages long with a TON of information in it. I knew that if I had the students read the section alone and answer questions, there was no way they were going to take it all in or remember it at all! So I decided to take a different route - which also allowed me to incorporate an important reading strategy!
I split the class into three groups, assigned each group a subsection, and asked them to read it together. Afterwards, they summarized the section in the four most important events and created a four-panel comic strip illustrating their subsection.
Also this week is Teacher Appreciation Week! I got this pretty card from our school secretary and a bag of fun teacher-y stuff from our Parent Teacher Partnership.