Understanding cause and effect within a passage can help in overall reading comprehension, so I spent some time with my seventh graders last week working on this reading strategy.
Our story was all about the causes and effects of flooding..
As we were looking at aerial photographs of thunderstorms and hurricanes, we noticed that they both move in large spiral formations leaving an “eye” in the center.
As I looked at the faces of my students, knowing all of their tough family situations, I couldn’t help but bring up the topic of “life storms” and how we must find a way to cope when we feel like life is spinning out of control.
I love that God promises peace in the midst of our storms and then makes visuals for us in the form of actual storm photographs
Although I couldn’t come right out and mention God in a public school setting, I did encourage the kids to find ways to slip away to a quiet place from time to time and learn to experience moments of peace even when life seems to be spinning out of control.
It was a special moment in class.
One of those times when I felt like the kids “heard me” and “got it.”
As you dive into another week of life, I want to ask you this, “Do you feel like you are in the middle of a storm? If so, I’m praying that you will find some time to slip away into the “eye” of your life and enjoy a place of peace.
God is there. The effect of turning to Him will cause you to do it more and more each day!
“He grants peace to your borders…”