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Geography-Map Skills

I always teach map skills every year in my multiage class, yet my files were overflowing with all kinds of different activities but I had nothing that was easy to implement in my classroom.  So I decided to make a unit that would be ready and easy to use.
So I introduce to you my map skills unit which has been in full force in my classroom this past month.  
This unit contains a map skills no prep packet which you simply print-copy and you are set.
This worked out great for my students.  We worked on a page or two a day.  
These pages are included.

-What is a globe?
-What is a map?
-Where are the continents and oceans?
-Where are we in the world?
-We need directions.
-Using directions.
-What is a map key?
-Using a map key.
-What is a map grid?
Practice your map skills
(students create their own map)

This unit includes 24 vocabulary cards that include the word, definition and picture.  
These cards are great to display in a pocket chart and to refer to while teaching. 
-A vocabulary illustrated dictionary cover and sheet are included so your students can make a class illustrated dictionary.  Create this dictionary by giving each student a vocabulary word and then they illustrate the word, write the definition and write a sentence using that word.
-Vocabulary comprehension page to use for assessment or review.
11 full and half page pictures of land and water forms (real pictures). 

Also included is a land-form matching game.  My students played this like concentration. They enjoy games and had a blast.
 This unit includes a map skills center activity.  
My students will be working on this next week for a good review.  
Students answer questions on map skills then they write their answer down on the sheet of paper that is included.  
I will set up the Geo-Bingo  cards so my students can play Geo-Bingo in small groups.

  We also made globes out of paper mache last week.  
I will not lie that was a big, old messy project.
The students had so much fun and many had never paper mached before so they loved it.  The clean up part I didn't love so much.  

This activity was a fun hands on way to learn the continents.  My students learned all about  the continents but to tell you the truth their globes looked more like a Pangaea project. I even had the older multiage students across the hall help put the pieces on the globe, well they helped a little. I think I would still do this project again because of the experiences my students gained.  The results I guess is what I should expect from 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders.  I will remember their smiles and how excited they were with their globes and that made it worth it.  
Please check out this unit here.
Happy teaching and stay warm! -18 below here last night, but feels like -34 below with the wind chill! 
Brr......And nope, they don't call school off for that.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

LeVar Burton reads a book about Dr. Martin Luther King.

I wanted to share with all of you my plans for the next couple weeks. I love all the learning that takes place in my classroom when we discuss Dr. Martin Luther King.  We start off each year with a video.  This is called Our Friend Martin.  It shows what life would have been like without Dr.Martin Luther King.  It is 60 minutes long so plan on it taking a while but it is well worth it.

Then we read lots of books and work on learning the new vocabulary.

After learning the vocabulary, this year my students will illustrate a timeline of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's Life.  

 Then we will discuss our dream and Dr. King's dream.  We brainstorm and we write both dreams down on paper.  Here is a look at the final product.

Last year we wrote "I am" poems about Dr. King.  Then we wrote one together and I enlarged it poster size and my students painted portraits of Dr. King.  It made a great bulletin board.

You can find everything shown here in my unit.
Happy teaching! 

A Christmas Carol

I love reading A Christmas Carol to my students.  This year I thought it would be the perfect reader's theater to do in my classroom.  I created a reader's theater or play and many activities that follow. My students were super excited to practice the scripts and this week we will perform them to other classrooms.  This pack includes puppets and pictures to use for a reader's theater.

A Christmas Carol was written by Charles Dickens in 1843.  I like reading this version illustrated by Brett Helquest.
11 parts are included.  I split my students up into two groups so they all could do this play.  Some parts have more lines than others, and some of my students had two speaking parts.
My students will color their characters and attach to a head band to wear.
We will also work on sequencing the story, the lesson learned, story elements, scrooge at the beginning and
 than at the end of the story and work on a cloze sentence review.
Please check out the full unit here.

Have a great week, hope all is jolly.

Christmas Around the World

Cyber Monday is soon approaching.  I will be having a sale on TPT and it might be a good time to grab some Christmas items. 

My top seller during the Christmas season is my Christmas Around the World, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa Reader's Theater unit. 
Included are 28 child parts in a Reader’s Theatre format.
-The parts tell the audience the traditions of their country from the point of view of a child.
-Each country featured has two child parts.
-Hanukkah and Kwanzaa parts are also featured as part of the presentation.

Here is a look at the one page scripts.
Then on the other side you place the girl and boy pictures. 
These are set up great for performing these scripts in front of parents or other classes.
Also included are Christmas around the world booklets where students can write about what they learned about each country.
Your students will come away learning so much about other countries and their traditions.
Happy Shopping to you all!


Whew! It is done.  A new Unit. Whew, I"ll say it again because I am glad.  This unit is on Weather. We had our weather unit this fall. It was a lot of fun.  Here are some samples of what we did in the classroom.
Check out the unit here.

We emphasized  the four elements of weather-moisture, wind, air pressure and temperature.  My students were paired up and they created the posters.  We also sorted seasons and discussed why and how we have them. 

Each day for a week my students tracked the weather in their weather journals.  They had fun doing this and learned how to look up the weather on their i-pads. We also graphed the weather during our entire unit as you can see we had a lot of partly cloudy days.  

When we studied clouds we made these fun cloud posters.  The brilliant idea came from Jennifer White at First Grade Blue Skies.  You can grab her free unit here.
Here is a good look at the unit.  This is my unit preview.

Ok, so do you get why I said Whew! A little labor of love. I think I included it all. 
Now I'll be working on a little Christmas unit...

Turkey Facts

Turkeys, Native Americans and Pilgrims oh my! 
It is that time of year again.  Hear is a quick look at my 
turkey facts unit.
We wrote a poem on facts about turkeys!
Here is a sample page of the text on turkeys.
This is a great pack on informational text writing about turkeys.
Included in this pack....

Information on turkeys, graphic organizers for writing a poem or research paper and final draft pages.
Cards that contain information on turkeys is also included that can be displayed in a pocket chart for easy reference.

Also included is a turkey and penguin compare and contrast activity. This activity is to be done as a whole group lesson that you can do with your students that compares turkey characteristics to penguins.

Writing and learning about turkeys is a lot of fun and the information can be made into a great bulletin board when you have your students draw and paint a turkey!
Have a great week!
You can grab this unit here.