Sorry I've been MIA for a while! My daughter is on an elite level 5 cheer team and we traveled up to Columbus, OH for a competition. It was worth the long bus ride! They won a full paid bid to the World's Competition in Disney World in April! They were the first team in the world to win this award! Then when we returned, I ended up getting the stomach bug. Now that I am back on my feet from one extreme excitement to being in bed for 29 hours, I am back!
This week in my class, we are finishing up a Colonial unit. My favorite part of the unit is to put students in small groups and assign each one a role: Native American, colonist, explorer, slave. They have to sit in a circle and have a debate on their point of view. Last year, I had some of the best discussions come out of this! Try it! Of course, make sure to explain that a debate is not yelling or threatening. It is discussing their perspectives! I may have them make hats this year too. I thought that would be cute!