Since 1984, National PTA has designated one week in May as a special time to honor the men and women who lend their passion and skills to educating our children. This is a week for everyone to show teachers just how much they are appreciated!
Here is an activity to do with students that celebrates teachers:
Read a book about a teacher such as Thank You, Mr. Falker, Miss Nelson is Missing, The Miracle Worker, Tuesdays with Morrie, or A Lesson Before Dying. Why are the teachers in these stories special? Have a class discussion about some of your students’ favorite teachers. Then have students try these follow-up activities:
- Compare a favorite teacher to a teacher from a book with a Venn Diagram.
- Write a letter to a favorite teacher using the Letter Generator.
- Create a character map of a storybook teacher with the Story Mapping tool.
- Use the Word Mover to create a piece that describes the teacher or school.
To round out Teacher Appreciation Week, watch a movie that inspires you and makes you feel proud to be in the field of education where YOU really do have an impact. Enjoy!