Thanks to the VR feature in Nearpod (if you haven't used this awesome tool, then you MUST click on the link to read more about it), my third graders and I explored The Mall and focused on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The reason I chose to specifically explore this memorial is because we needed to build background knowledge to make inferences in The Wall by Eve Bunting, which we will read tomorrow. It is a challenging text and I know that my students need more background knowledge about this memorial and what it represents. With Veterans Day coming up the students were very interested in the topic. We got close to the wall and noticed the names engraved, then we read some facts about the memorial. We concluded the Nearpod lesson with a comprehension check. The students viewed pictures of people standing at the wall with different expressions on their faces. Students used the draw feature with Nearpod to circle clues in the pictures that helped them infer who the people were and why they were visiting the memorial. What a fun and successful lesson! Can't wait to use our background knowledge gained from this VR trip to help us comprehend our story tomorrow! Check out The Wall by Eve Bunting...GREAT story to read around Veterans Day.