At one point, I turned off the car and listened to the pounding rain on the roof. Just 2 weeks ago, after looking at the needs of my students and attempting to "dovetail" on their classroom learning experiences, I planned a mini-3-4-session-thematic-teaching learning unit around drought. They had read a Scholastic News article on drought in their classrooms and had some background knowledge. I could use that background to support reading more in-depth text on droughts! I THOUGHT about adding a short article on flooding; then, I decided to stay focused on too little water. In my plans, however, I wrote my "goal" as "use details from the texts to explain the socio-economic power of water."
When I started the unit, last Thursday, I had to acknowledge the flooding in Texas. We watched a news clip flooding followed with a clip about droughts as our "launch." Then we started to become "experts" on droughts. And now, while our excess water is NOTHING like the devastation in Texas, we have way too much water right here on the East Coast as well And, it is supposed to rain all day tomorrow, too.
"So much for planning, thinking and learning about drought," I thought, as the rain pounded the roof of my car.