In this packet, Social Studies Graphic Organizers and Writing for Famous Americans & National Holidays, you will find the “Gathering Grid” graphic organizer and writing sheets for the following:
* Johnny Appleseed
* Christopher Columbus
* Veterans Day
* Thanksgiving Day
* Martin Luther King, Jr.
* George Washington
* Abraham Lincoln
There are 5 formats for each Famous American and National Holiday:
1. Blank gathering grid
2. Gathering grid with lines only
3. Gathering grid with a topic for each box, no lines
4. Gathering grid with a topic and lines for each box
5. All About writing page
This writing pack is geared towards grades K-2. The graphic organizers called Gathering Grids are used for students to gather information about the topic of writing. The All About writing page is for students to write about the information they gathered in a writing piece.
Also included are blank templates for gathering grids with lines and no lines and a blank All About writing page to use for other subjects and topics of writing.
In my first grade classroom, the Gathering Grids were great for note taking, prewriting, and teaching paragraphs. In my kindergarten classrooms, students used the Gathering Grids to draw pictures to tell what they know or have learned about each famous person or holiday. I also used all formats in the classroom to differentiate across all writing levels. I hope that you find these graphic organizers and writing sheets useful in your classroom.