Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A Writing Map-tivity

My students LOVED dancing and singing to Dr. Jean's song, "The Cool Bear Hunt." Every year they get so engaged in the song and the order of events on the hunt. They also have a great time creating a map to the bear's cave, complete with compass rose and map key. Since "craftivity" has become a common word among teachers, I decided to call this a "map-tivity." Who coined the word "craftivity" anyway?

Here are some student examples of our map-tivity:

If you would like to check out this map and writing resource in my TpT store, please click {HERE}. I am adding a collage preview that I didn't have the first time I posted about this activity. 
After the transformation. Isn't that bear so cute?!

I decided to wait on the opinion writing activity for a few weeks while we continue with maps and "Before There was a Georgia" activities like naming the regions and rivers in our state and how they impacted where the Native Americans lived and where the first European settlers decided to live. 

Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Mini Books

Every. Single. Year. One or more of my students find this tiny songbook that I have in my classroom library. (See photos below.) 

It is a book with lyrics to Christmas songs. It was probably included with a gift at a Christmas-themed wedding shower that a dear friend gave me years ago. Nevertheless, it has found its way into my classroom library and into the hearts (and desks) of my students each year. 

It is quite the phenomenon if you think about it. Students are surrounded by picture books, big and small, chapter books and lots of non-fiction books (these days). However, the tiny books draw the students in...

...or is it the fact that there are words to familiar songs in that tiny book? I'm not sure if I know the answer to that, but I do know that I can keep both of those ideas in mind as I create interesting crafts and songs for my students.

So, I created a mini-book that includes the words to a familiar chant, "The Doubles Chant." 

My original example 

Here are a few example pages from the student version. Of course, the girls were jealous of my white pages. I think that they wanted to color the fancy frames. Who knew?

I have posted it in my TPT store if you would like to take a look at it. You can check it out by clicking on the cover page photo below.

Let's make some mini-books! Have a great day!


Monday, September 2, 2013

Teachers Pay Teachers

Hi Everyone!

I have finally opened my store on TpT! I have had ideas for a while, however, the technology piece is slowing me down a bit. My adorable husband is pretty savvy and has saved the day. Of course school has started, so that takes up most of our energy and brain cells. So, eventually I will have some more things posted in my store.

For now I have my first free product that you can get if you click on the picture.

I also have one paid product that you can check out if you click on that picture. I will post pictures of my classroom examples soon.

Enjoy the rest of your Labor Day weekend!