Did you know that March is Women’s History Month? Katie and I are always so blown away with the quality of books we find. The biographies out there are so rich, beautiful, and interesting. Gone are the days of just reading fact after fact after fact. These picture books give us a peek into a life while also telling a story.
T: Jane Addams was a wealthy woman in the 1800s who devoted her life to assisting people who were less fortunate than herself. She opened The Hull House which assisted immigrants and people in need. They provided food, resources, and activities that helped people create lives for themselves. She could have easily created a luxurious life for herself with the money she was given, but she was always looking for ways to give to others.
One of the things we focus on with this book is using evidence from the book to discuss facts about Jane Addams. We also learn about how the author uses flashbacks to explain character motivations and feelings!
Another one of our books for March is I Dissent. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a Supreme Court Justice. It wasn’t common for women to become lawyers when Ruth was in school. She persisted and worked really hard throughout her entire life. This books helps everyone, especially little girls, see that hard work, determination, and passion can help them overcome obstacles and challenges.
One of our focuses with this book is taking events from the book and seeing how one thing led to another. Taking real life events and seeing the cause/effect in them gives a real-life application!
For more really great Women’s History books check out Katie’s post!
I’ve also got to share with you one of our other March books. On a Beam of Light is an inspiring story about how Albert Einstein went from a little boy who seemed different, curious, and distracted to a man who is now known one of the greatest geniuses of all time. I see so many of my past students in Albert Einstein as a boy. They think differently, learn differently, and respond differently… but that doesn’t make them any less than the other students.
Here’s a closer look at all of our 3rd Grade March books.