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Category: Social Studies

Studying the Impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted in character education, fifth grade, holiday, picture book lesson, Seesaw, and Social Studies

Last week in the Jackson Library, fifth graders listened to the read aloud, Martin’s Big Words, and we discussed the impact those words had on America. Then they used Kally Miller’s Seesaw activity and the dates in the back of the book to sequence the major events in Dr. King’s life on a timeline. Finally, they wrote their own ‘I Have a Dream’ excerpts to convey ways they want the world to improve. 

MLK Martin's Big Words lesson

Seesaw activ Make a MLK Jr. timeline

More of Kally Miller’s Seesaw activities here




I Have a Dream Poem Template - short
short template


Student Poems
5th I Have a Dream poems

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Map Skills with Second Grade

Posted in second grade, Social Studies, and technology

Second graders came to the Jackson Library this week to reinforce map skills they are learning in the classroom. I created a map of some Jackson Elementary hallways and asked them to find D-3 and draw a certain shape in a certain color on that grid square. Then I asked them which teacher’s room is there. They used the compass rose to then travel (3 west and 1 north) to see whose room was in that spot. Then they drew an orange triangle on that classroom. I asked them what grid coordinates made up the library. (3!) Then we discussed the map legend and what “R” might mean. (Restroom) After they checked out books, they viewed a photo I put on the screen of their classroom as a reference and used Classroom Architect on the computers to re-create a map of their classroom. Fun!

Where in the World is Walter?
Jackson Map
Classroom Architect

Havrist – Map of Ms. Rome’s classroom
Ayushree- Ms. Rome’s room


Ms. Rome’s room
Elisabeth- Bobadilla
Elisabeth- Ms. Bobadilla’s Room


map skills lesson photos

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