So excited about this book! Most kids love dogs, and who doesn't like money? Terry Lynn Johnson lays out the steps to starting a small business below. Be sure to check out her full teacher's guide as well. She's tied her discussion questions into the Common Core State Standards.
Activity Name: My Business Plan
Activity Description: Matt’s math teacher, Mr. Mofat, presented a long-term project to his class that required each student to create a small business plan, and to implement the plan to measure costs and proft. Now it’s your turn to try your hand at being an entrepreneur! What will your business be? What are you passionate about? Do you enjoy babysitting? Interesting in starting a dog walking business? What skills do you have (knitting, baking, throwing a football) that you can turn into your own business? Every small business starts with a business plan to guide business decisions and to avoid mistakes. Can your interests be turned into a product or service? Complete the following worksheets to design your small business plan.
Every year at my school, the fifth graders do a fractured fairy tale unit. They write fractured fairy tales and read them to the primary students at our school. Now, thanks to April Jones Prince, you have the materials at hand to complete your own fractured fairy tale unit. But that's not all. She's also created a fun simile activity for you-complete with a treasure map! Check out both activities below!
Activity Name: Fabricating a Fractured Fairy Tale
Activity Description: Are your students clever with characters or setting but puzzled by plot? Have them Fabricate a Fractured Fairy Tale! This introduction and organizer takes young writers through the process I used to plan Goldenlocks and the Three Pirates, and then sets them up to write their own fractured fairy tale.
Activity Name: Spicing Up Your Stories With Similes
Activity Description: Writing can be hard work, but it can also be fun! And who doesn't love a treasure map? Encourage students to play with language in this juicy wordplay activity, Spicing Up Your Stories With Similes. Students will learn what a simile is and why writers use them. Then they'll brainstorm similes of their own and complete a treasure map tale based on Goldenlocks and the Three Pirates.
Kindergarten teachers here's another soothing trailer you could show before naptime. The activity Dee Leone included, Something's Fishy, is calming as well. Enjoy!
Activity Name: Something's Fishy
Activity Description: Compare two pictures and determine what is different in them.
Teacher's Guide Link: www.deeleone.com/activity-kit-for-nature-s-lullaby-fills-the-night.html
I love books that put characters in difficult situations because they pull readers into the story. When the character has to make a choice, it invites the reader to think about which choice he or she would make in that situation. Rebecca Upjohn's teacher's guide has lots of different activity ideas. Since my students will be learning about various animal habitats, I chose to feature this activity
Activity Name: Loons and their Habitats
Activity Description: Scientists believe loons are related to penguins. How are they similar and how are they different? Have students research the five species of loons (Common Loon, Pacific Loon, Yellow-billed Loon, Red-throated Loon, Arctic Loon). What kind of habitat does each live in and why?
Teacher's Guide Link: digital.orcabook.com/teachersguides-thelastloon/1
AuWorld War II is a favorite nonfiction topic in my classroom. I can't wait to introduce my students to this book. The activity below is from Scholastic. Follow the link to the instructional guide.
Activity Name: Write Your Own Ranger Story
Activity Description: If you could send Ranger on a search-and-rescue mission anywhere in history, where would you send him? After you’ve read the Nonfiction Connections piece about search-and-rescue dogs, brainstorm a list of events from history where such help might have made a difference. Was there a fire or other disaster in your city a long time ago, or do you have a favorite period of history where Ranger would have opportunities to help? Once you’ve made your list, choose the idea that most captures your imagination.
Classroom Guide Link: www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/teaching-content/ranger-time-series-classroom-guide/
Planning a trip to the zoo this spring? Read this book before you go. I absolutely love the Writing Animal Riddle activity. It can be modified for every elementary grade, and it would be super fun for book buddies to do together. Laura Murray includes a great list of rhyming words in the PDF. This list allows students to stay on track while writing instead of searching for rhymes on the internet and becoming distracted... not that this ever happens in my classroom ;-).
Activity Name: Writing Animal Riddles
Activity Description: Working independently or with a partner, students write animal riddles that their classmates have to solve. Ms. Murray explains in her PDF below that the riddles do not have to rhyme, but they can. If your students decide to step up to the rhyming challenge, the PDF has resources to help scaffold your students so that they will be successful.
Recently an early childhood librarian retweeted Book Trailer #20: How to Survive as a Shark. So, I thought I'd feature another great shark resource. These shark trading cards are tons of fun.
Activity Name: Shark Trading Cards
Activity Description: Become a shark expert like Eugenie Clark! Research and learn about different kinds of sharks (size, special features, food, habitat, behavior) by making shark trading cards. Students can color and make cards for the sharks on page 1 of the template or choose their own sharks using the blank cards on page 2. Once completed, they might consider trading with a friend. They can also combine their set with a friend’s cards (if they contain the same sharks) and play a game of memory!
I don't know about you, but around this time of year I find myself yearning for spring. This book will take you there, and the acitivity below provides step-by-step instructions for creating your own windy day-pretty cool!
Activity Name: Make Your Own Windy Day!
Activity Description: Before you do the activity below, you need to download a Stop Motion app. Linda Booth Sweeney used this one itunes.apple.com/us/app/stop-motion-studio/id441651297?mt=8 Ms. Sweeney's step-by-step directions are below.
1. Set up your windy day scene. You may want to arrange found objects from around the house or create scenes using clay, cut-out paper dolls or legos. This is your “set”.
2. Set up an iPhone or Android “camera.” I taped mine to a spritzer maker to keep it steady. You can also use a tripod if you have one. You want to make sure your camera is steady. Check that you can see your set through the camera. Check the lighting. Can you see your objects well? If not, you may want to turn on a nearby lamp.
3. Take one photo. Then move the objects and take another photo. You will be moving each figure just a tiny bit. Take a picture each time you move something in your set.
4. Move. Click. Move. Click. Start with a 10-second video. At 5 frames a second (the minimum needed for animation to work), that’s 50 clicks of the camera, in total. For a one-minute video, you can expect to take about 300 pictures. It’s good to have patience. A lot of patience!
When you’re done, I’d love to see it and share it with our community! Email me your YouTube or Vimeo link here, and I’d be thrilled to share it with our Red Shoe Kids community via Twitter.
Book Trailer #41: The Story of Seeds: From Mendel's Garden to Your Plate, and How There's More of Less to Eat Around the World
I've been wanting to buy this book for awhile. This year I have a student who I know will gobble it up. So, I bought it, read it, and I can't wait to put it in her hands. The activity below is just one of the ready-to-go fantastic activities available in The Story of Seeds teacher's guide.
Activity Name: The Story of Seeds Timeline
Activity Description: To explore historical issues such as the political raminfications, enviromental changes, and the importance of seed biodiversity in a concrete, hands-on manner.
Kindergarten and first grade teachers don't miss this super fun read aloud. Tom Booth even included masks in his activity guide below. So, you can print them out ahead of time and your students can wear the masks while you read the book aloud. Fun!
Activity Name: Memory
Activity Description: Tom Booth includes a super cute Memory game in his activity guide, as well as a matching worksheet. These activities would both be great morning work choices the day after the read aloud.
This is an amazing live interview with Tom Booth: goo.gl/GZpwe8
Here's Matthew Winner's podcast with Tom Booth: www.allthewonders.com/podcasts/tom-booth-all-the-wonders-episode-371/
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