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As first grade classes studied the U.S. symbols in the classroom, in LMC, we used the Presidential portraits of Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln to practice observation, reflection and questioning and see what we could learn about the President from his portrait. As a class, student's observed how the President was dressed, his expression and stance and the objects he included with him in the portrait. We asked the students to reflect on what their observations could tell us about the President. For example, Washington is holding a sword, while Jefferson has a scientific instrument in his portrait. Each student chose one President to reflect on in the app Explain Everything and they each also created their own "portrait" in Pic Collage with three objects that had meaning for them. Here are a few examples:
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I am the Library Media Center director at Patton School in Arlington Heights where I help students from kindergarten through 5th grade find terrific independent reading for enjoyment and information, and teach students the skills to use information and technology safely and productively and to connect, communicate and share with others. I have four grown children, a large black dog, (flat coat retriever) and a small striped cat. I am an obessive Chicago Cubs fan and I love to run.