Sunday, May 1, 2016

Betsy Ross: A Kindergarten Standard (for the last time)

That's right...Betsy Ross is being removed from our Virginia standards in K..  As a matter of fact, if I'm reading it right, she will be removed from our elementary history standards all together.




BUT, we still have this year...and I've had teachers ask for resources to teach about her.  Soooo, here's a few resources about Betsy Ross.
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First, much of story of Betsy Ross has been disputed at one time or another, but there is no definitive evidence either way.  I tell my students how hard it is to verify our history because there weren't camera phones, 24-hour news channels or the internet in 1776.  I also make sure they know this is what we think happened.
Betsy Ross is one of the famous women in American History. Her story has long been disputed, but there is no evidence to the contrary. This blog post provides ideas for bringing the historical figure to life in your classroom.







There are many books on the market, but my favorites are:
Betsy Ross is one of the famous women in American History. Her story has long been disputed, but there is no evidence to the contrary. This blog post provides ideas for bringing the historical figure to life in your classroom.
It is important to have a list of facts you'd like them to know, because inevitably they focus on how many times she was married.  Each of the books portrays the same basic ideas about Betsy.
Betsy Ross is one of the famous women in American History. Her story has long been disputed, but there is no evidence to the contrary. This blog post provides ideas for bringing the historical figure to life in your classroom.







Every kindergarten teacher knows the value of song.  I am willing to go out on a limb and say every teacher has made their own songs to familiar tunes to help their students learn about a skill or standard.  I made up this song about Betsy Ross to the tune of "London Bridges."  It's a 3 minute way to review her throughout the year.
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Betsy Ross is one of the famous women in American History. Her story has long been disputed, but there is no evidence to the contrary. This blog post provides ideas for bringing the historical figure to life in your classroom.







The same rule for songs can be applied to poems.   I believe in a 4 line poem.  We have a 4 line poem as our Poem of the Week.  The poems are read and discussed each day.  We pull out beginning and ending sounds, vowel sounds, rhyming words, word families, and so much more.  The following week the poem is in the poetry center and the art center.  This helps promote understanding and review skills.
TPT FREEBIE for Betsy Ross.  Ideas with poetry, writing, and books about this famous American.
Betsy Ross is one of the famous women in American History. Her story has long been disputed, but there is no evidence to the contrary. This blog post provides ideas for bringing the historical figure to life in your classroom.







Finally, we HAVE to write about it.  One of the easiest ways to engage emergent writers is the "new and improved" 4 Square.  Students can write basic sentences that mimic the poem or students can provide details from their learning.
Betsy Ross 4 Square writing idea from Cathy Collier at www.cathycollier.com
Betsy Ross is one of the famous women in American History. Her story has long been disputed, but there is no evidence to the contrary. This blog post provides ideas for bringing the historical figure to life in your classroom.







Here are a few facts about Betsy Ross.

  • She was born in Pennsylvania.
  • She was 8th of 17 children.  (Oh MY!)
  • She was married 3 times.  (John, Joseph, and John)
  • She had 7 daughters.
  • She did meet George Washington in 1776 or 1777.
  • Her husband's uncle, George Ross, was on the Flag Committee.
  • Like many upholsters at the time, she made and repaired uniforms for the Continental Army.

Betsy Ross is one of the famous women in American History. Her story has long been disputed, but there is no evidence to the contrary. This blog post provides ideas for bringing the historical figure to life in your classroom.







This video is produced by the Betsy Ross House.  It's a cute video featuring Betsy Ross herself...hehe.


I hope this gives you some ideas to share Betsy Ross with your early learners.  I think she's an exciting character in the history of our country.  I'm kinda sad she's being removed.

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