Saturday, December 5, 2015

Native Americans of California Flipbook

I searched and searched on Pinterest and Teachers Pay Teachers for resources pertaining to CALIFORNIA Native Americans, but sadly came up with very few that would work in my fourth grade classroom.  Because I spend the bulk of my time on California missions and the Gold Rush, I needed something short and sweet for Native Americans.

My students really love flipbooks/foldables and anything that gets them working with scissors and colored pencils.  Therefore, I decided to create a flip book for the six Native American culture areas of California.



Included:

- Map of the culture areas that students color 
- Note-taking template for each of the six culture areas
- Extension writing activity where students pick an area and write a day in the life journal entry
- Rubric





Enjoy!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

As a fourth grade teacher at a Catholic school, I am always looking for ways to JAZZ up my religion curriculum.  We use the We Believe textbook by Sadlier, and although I like the text, it can be quite boring for the students.  

I created this 10 Commandments flipbook as fun, engaging activity that allows the students to use the textbook as a resource while they study God's commandments.  



Included with the lapbook is a RUBRIC that you can use as a formative or summative assessment.  Hopefully, your students will enjoy this activity as much as mine do.  

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Tackling Non-Fiction with a Close Reading Choice Board

Happy mid-July everyone!  My summer is flying by this year since I decided to teach summer school during the month of June.  Yikes!  Teaching summer school to me can be similar (although not near as painful) to the childbirth experience...difficult while you're going through it but not so bad once it is over.  HA!  At any rate, my three sons went with me, and it kept the structure and routine going for us, which was a plus.

I love choice boards.  My students love choice boards.  We also love interactive notebooks in my classroom, so I decided to go out on a limb and create a close reading choice board to be used either in small groups, centers, during whole class instruction or for weekly reading homework.  


How does it work?  All students must pass through the center and complete case #3.  However, they have a choice as to which route they take as long as they make a tic-tac-toe.  Their final mission is to summarize the text using a paragraph frame that I provided. 

What is included:
  • Close Reading Annotations Chart that can be glued into an interactive notebook for future reference.
  • Notebook templates to write their case file responses that can be glued into interactive notebooks.
  • A bookmark with Close Reading Annotations.
  • The actual Close Reading Choice Board.
  • A summary case file with a paragraph frame to summarize the text.
If you are a choice board fanatic like myself, head on over to my TPT store and pick one up for next year.  


Enjoy the rest of your July!