A Summer with Shel

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  1. katrinkit

    katrinkit Comrade

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    Okay, so this may be the worst idea I have ever had, but I'm seriously considering teaching summer school (3 weeks, beginning 2 weeks after school gets out). I will be teaching 1st grade, and I am a 6/7/8 History and LA teacher. Our summer school is run on a supplemental curriculum idea, so kids pay to come, they also get tutors on the side if necessary. My idea is to do a "Summer with Shel" (Silverstein). Does this sound like a good idea?

    My next question involves planning - would it be possible to connect math, social studies, and science to Shel Silverstein? I am really in the planning stage here, so any ideas would be appreciated.
     
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    I love Shel Silverstein and would love to see what you come up with. I think you're ambious but I bet you could make it work.
     
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    First graders- especially strugglers which is what you end up with in summer school around here- may have difficulty READING Shel Silverstein, but will appreciate his humor. He has some great poems with which you could integrate across the curriculum. Here's a link for some unit ideas:

    http://falcon.jmu.edu/~ramseyil/silverstein.htm
     
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    I would not necessarily be asking the students to read the poems - we would be reading them together. I also plan on using The Giving Tree and other various books...

    I won't be getting very many strugglers. The majority of kids in our school who struggle may come to summer school, but they also go to see tutors. Summer school here is very much supplemental, not remedial.
     
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    I have worked in summer school (emergent first to emergent fourth graders) the past three years. We done Space, Dinosaurs, and an ocean theme. Not sure what we are going to do this summer. But picking a big theme leaves room for so much to do.
    You may not want to limit yourself to Shel Silverstein.
     
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    When we were studying money, we did a lesson with the poem Smart. They loved it.

    I'm doing bugs for summer school this year. I'm excited! :)
     
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    I think it sounds liek lots of fun!

    Boa Constrictor naturally lends itself to a science discussion...
    Smart is money
    There's one about Band-Aids that you can do math with, also
    Any of the poems about travelling, etc. will get your Social Studies in.

    Sounds like a lot of fun... can I be in your class? ;)
     
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    I think having a narrower focus is great - the kids will do some in-depth work and an author study in one! :)

    It is mostly for older kids, but try the Shel Silverstein website:

    http://www.shelsilverstein.com/pdf/classroom.pdf

    Maybe you could adapt some ideas!
     
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    Clarnet, of course you can be in my class, thank you for the ideas!

    Thanks, astewart for the narrow focus support!

    I can't wait to read all of these poems with 6 year olds!
     
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