The Thinks You Can Think
When my grade-level partner and I first began discussing our Super Duper Awesome Top Secret Collaborative Project, we wanted to find a way to bring all of the SafetyNet Skills and the Core Content State Standards into one place and to do it with all of our students. Our first step was to break the skills and standards into specific objectives, rather than broad concepts. As we did so, we realised that we were going to need to find an author who has a wide selection of stories from which we could draw and would keep our students interested and engaged throughout the unit, regardless of their individual reading abilities.
In the midst of this, my GLP suddenly remembered something she had recently read about: The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry has a long-running exhibit called Dr. Seuss and the Art of Invention. As soon as she said it, we both looked at each other and said, “Of course!”
And thus the unit began to take shape. Dr. Seuss was a brilliant writer. His stories are easy to read but many have a depth that reaches across all ages. What better way to learn about reading and writing than by studying the life and works of Theodore “Dr. Seuss” Geisel?
We officially began the unit with a reading of Oh, The Places You’ll Go, followed by a discussion about what we would be doing, what our goals were, and how we were going to work together as a fourth grade family of 55 students and 2 teachers who will be working to move mountains.
I am excited, my GLP is excited, and, most importantly, the students are excited! Oh, the thinks we can think! As I told the boys and girls, we are going to be working hard this year: we are going to be thinking, thinking about thinking, and thinking about the thinks we are thinking about as we think.
And if that doesn’t make you think, I don’t know what will!