MaVynee Betsch led a full, intriguing and varied life. Most famed for her conservationism and activism, she spent her later life educating others on race and the environment. She makes for an excellent and inspirational figure to study, and can be included as part of Black History Month to ensure children know that history is being made even now.
It should link nicely with the forthcoming book Saving American Beach which can be found here and here. I am not affiliated with this book in anyway, and nor have I seen previews either…but I’m super excited for its release!
This unit was designed to follow on from my “Rocket Says Clean Up” unit, but can equally stand alone.
Allowing for time for editing and revision on longer pieces of work, plus the inclusion of some Early Finishers activities, this unit could easily last you 2 weeks. It includes:
Biographical Information PowerPoint (as PDF)
A PDF of 12 different resources:
Section 1: Research Links
A selection of useful websites for TEACHERS
Section 2: Biography
Biography Writing Sheet
Section 3: American Beach Flyer
Section 4: Endangered Animal Research
Research sheet / prompt
3 pages to make a booklet
Section 5: Eco Friendly Choices
Yes or no choices with key
Section 6: Acrostic Poem
2 x Acrostic templates
Section 7: True or False
True or false questions about MaVynee’s life
Section 8: Reading Comprehension
3-way differentiated texts and questions
Section 9: Vocabulary
Draw and write the meaning activity
Section 10: Cryptogram
Crack the code to solve the message
Section 11: Wordsearch
Wordsearch and answers
Section 12: Crossword
Crossword and answers
Section 13: Colouring Sheets
3 line drawing portraits of MaVynee
This unit does not include planning.