The students in Ms. Doescher’s Title I classes at St. Thomas Aquinas are thinking about big dreams and big words. These students include children in kindergarten, first, second, third, and fourth grades.

Books We Read about Big Dreams and Big Words 

 

Kindergarten student read I Dream by Anthony Curran.

I Dream

First through fourth graders read the following narratives about Martin Luther King, Jr; Ruby Bridges; and Maya Angelou on their guided reading level:

Martin's Big Dream

Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport

 

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou: Little People, Big Dreams by Lisbeth Kaiser

 

The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles

The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles

 

The pictures below show some of the lessons we worked on when reading Martin’s Big Words. We picked out the big words that meant something to us. Then we wrote in a word bubble

  • why a particular word meant something to us or
  • for what word we wanted to be remembered. 

Words Matter. You can quote us on this.

This Class Has Big Words

 

 

I Dream…

 

Love

 

Patience

 

Love and Kind

 

Share with others

 

 

Freedom

 

Love Pray

 

My Big Words…

 

Peaceful

 

 

Courage

 

 

 

Love Is the Key

 

Loving Neighbors

 

Standing for Rights

 

Kind

 

Rights

 

Courage and Friends

 

 

We started out finding the big words and using those anchors.

Big Words like war and separate

 

 

Next, they talked about what they learned on the last few pages of the book and what they were still wondering about. We stop often while reading to think about what we learned and wonder or question parts of the story. We then came up with strategies for answering these questions.

The second and third graders subsequently filled out an anchor chart on what they learned and what they wondered while reading their books. 

Second Grade Learned Wondering and Strategy

 

Third Graders' Questions

 

The students used the following strategies for answering the questions that arose:

Strategies for Answering Questions

 

Since it was Black History Month,  Ms. Doescher and the students discussed Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words. She used Martin’s Big Words to encourage students to expand their vocabulary and consider their choice of words. Students completed the vocabulary sheet on Wow words as they discovered Wow words while reading. 

 

big words: equality and segregation

 

movement and segregation

 

big words racism and movement

 

vocabulary: segregation and regardless