This week, the class was introduced to a new Brad Meltzer book – I am Sacagawea. In this book, we find that Sacagawea was the only teenager girl, only mother, and only Native American on the Lewis and Clark expedition. We learned that many think she was a guide, but she was brought on as an interpreter. We saw how she had to blaze her own trail on the expedition and helped them in so many ways. She ended up being a guide, interpreter, and even saved all the supplies for the expedition that would have been lost of she had not kept her cool. She did all of this while carrying her son with her.
We learned from the book that we should blaze our own trail. One way we found we could do this was through trying new things. If we keep on doing the same things we know how to do and don’t challenge ourselves, we will not grow! After we discussed the book, we turned and talked with each other about things we have had to try that were new…and a little about what happened. There were a lot of students that talked about trying new food, riding a bike without training wheels, or trying a new sport. We then broke up and created mini-posters to remind us of times that we tried something new, and what happened!
We will be working with this some more of the course of the next couple of weeks. Make sure to talk to your student about how they can blaze their own trail!