With the "grand conversations" I've been facilitating in my classroom since the arrival of the Smart Board this year, I'm more inspired than ever, especially since I just got invited to present a session on engaging students in conversations about Social Justice and Equity issues in the classroom at this year's CONTACT conference, in Charlottetown PEI!
In addition to my old favourites, I dug up a few new questions and activities online, thanks largely to these two websites: Patricia Polacco and Teaching Kids Philosophy. I've said it before, and I'll say it again -- picture books are not just for primary students! The series of lessons I've prepared below will be a stretch for many of my Grade 3s... but I am confident in the abilities some have developed this year, and I hope they will pull along the others in one of our grandest conversations yet!!!
Enjoy, and let me know how it goes in YOUR classrooms!