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The Spring Biography Project

What are your hopes and dreams?

What will be YOUR special gift, YOUR contribution to our world?

How will YOU make the world a better place?

Who are you? Where did you come from? What will you do with your life?

As we explore these questions, we must start with all the gifts that the universe has already given us!

Over the next three weeks, we will hear our second Great story, and you will choose a topic for your SPRING BIOGRAPHY PROJECT:

1. Read a chapter book biography (50-100 pages in length) about a person who has helped to make our world a better place. You may read the book by yourself, with a parent, or a parent (older sibling, mentor, friend) can read to you .

2. After Spring break you will give a 1-3 minute presentation. In which you will share:

A) What was this person’s gift or contribution to the world? What can we learn from her?

B) What obstacles did this person face on the way to achieving this contribution? This reminds us that all success in life comes from failure, losing is a part of winning, and making mistakes is essential to learning.

C) What relationships and influences helped this person? Tell us about this person’s childhood. How was she helped by by her parents, other great minds at the time (fellow artists, scientists, leaders), or other people?

D) You must have a visual: this could be a prop, a picture, a drawing, a diarama, a costume, or anything that we can see. If your topic is an artist you could also share a poem, song, painting or example of their work. If your topic is a scientist, you could share a diagram or model of their work.

E) For Betas and Gammas: I would like a timeline or a map as well.

In preparation for this project, Mr. Peter will be making presentations on the following Great Minds:

1. Theodore “Ted” Geisel (Dr. Seuss)

2. Harriet Tubman

3. Mark Twain

4. Maya Angelou

5. Mae Jemison

6. Malala Yousafzai, Education Activist in Pakistan

Here are some resources to start your search:

Biographies for kids:

Read a biography and take a quiz here: Turtle Diary

1. Ducksters

2. Mr Nussbaum

3. Garden of Praise

4. Time For Kids: Black History Month

5. Time for Kids: Women’s History Month

6. Raz Kids biographies

Choosing a book:

Any of the “Who Was…” or “Who is…” books are acceptable chapter books to read. They are available at your local library:


Hennepin County Library

Any child who doesn’t have a book by March 23rd will be given one by Mr. Peter on that day. Please help your child to be responsible with the book that they borrow. It should be returned undamaged after Spring Break.

Writing your presentation:

You don’t have to write an essay. You can make a speech, pretend to be the person and sit for an interview, or anything else you can imagine. You just have to talk/read for 1-3 minutes. Here is a sample from Time For Kids:


First Great Lesson

Monday was the first snowfall of the school year. It was also our first Great Lesson.  The First Great Lesson is the story of the Big Bang or the creation of the universe. It is often a source of inspiration for children to delve deeper into the mysteries of life on our tint planet and the nature of the cosmos. For more on the Great Lessons click here. Looking for a version to read at home with your children? Jennifer Morgan has created stunning picture books of each and they are available at the public library: Born with a Bang