Have your students participate in the upcoming election using this ballot created by Francie Kugelman, frequent web site contributor….
Download Election Ballot
Tomorrow, members of the Los Angeles teachers’ union, United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) will be starting work an hour late to protest proposed state budget cuts to education. With education funding tied largely to property values in California, the situation is likely to get worse before it gets better. On the table, if not today then in the near future, is the firing of probationary teachers, increases in class sizes, and cuts to teacher salaries.
For elementary teachers participating in the job action and wondering how to explain what they are doing to their students, I recommend the book, Click, Clack, Moo, Cows That Type in which the cows go on strike to protest poor working conditions from the farmer. I’ve used this as an introduction to Ceser Chavez and Martin Luther King and to explain previous job actions by teachers.
Whether teachers are right or wrong, the lesson for students can be that sometimes it’s important to peacefully stand up for what you believe in.
Thank you to Mary Clare Tarpley for sending this in as it relates to 4th Grade Business Unit:
Food From The ‘Hood
6109 S. Western Ave. #102
Los Angeles, CA 90047
Here’s a great site about how to help kids to write business plans from Family Education.
Here are additional unit links.
Here are additional unit opener ideas.
Please post your ideas below.