Saturday, June 9, 2012

Robert McCloskey Lapbook

Yesterday was my last day of school!  Although I do love my job, I am very much looking forward to summer vacation!  It won't be a complete vacation as I am supposed to take 2 classes to renew my certificate, and I am teaching summer school.  But, at only 12 mornings of teaching, that is not too bad:)

We finished our Robert McCloskey (one of my favorite children's authors) author study lapbooks the day before school ended.  In my "teacher report card," multiple students wrote that it was their favorite activity from this year.  If you are new to "lapbooking," I made an introduction to it packet on Teachers Pay Teachers.  This project was perfect for the end of the year.  Before the project started, I went to "Michael's" and bought some scrapbooking supplies that went along with the themes/colors of the books.  I also went and printed out color images of things (ex. donuts for Homer Price).  Students had been earning classroom store money with their behavior (very helpful at the end of the year).  They came and "shopped" at the store to but things for their books.  I think that the next time that I do this, I will just print things and save myself a little money.

My book is somewhat plain so that the kids got the stickers and such.  The students loved it because they were able to be very creative with fun scissors, and they were able to draw things that they wanted that went with the books.

Here is what mine looked like:
This is the cover
The first page includes pictures of Robert McCloskey and his family, as well as some of his sketches
The left side is pictures of the covers of his books.  The right is a page about Lentil.  I copied one illustration from each book for each book's page in the project.
These pages are about Make Way for Duckings.  The flaps on the left flip open for the children to write inside of.  The right includes a pocket to hold the ducklings (students wrote their names on them and can practice ABC order/-ack word family)
The left side was for Homer Price.  The right side contains multiple things for Blueberries for Sal.
We graphed our favorite foods containing blueberries on the left.  The right side contains a filmstrip to draw the beginning, middle, and end of Centerbrug Tales.
The left side contains tooth trivia cards, and dental dominoes.  The right side we wrote tips for keeping your teeth healthy.
The way we glues it, students were able to flip it and draw healthy foods on the tooth.
Since Time of Wonder contains a strong storm, we learned about hurricanes.
Since Burt Dow Deepwater Man is about a whale, students retold the story on the page on the left.  They then made a band-aid picture on the right.  They were very creative!
I think that the hardest page for everyone was choosing their favorite Robert McCloskey book and writing about why it was their favorite.  :)
Some useful books (besides the children's books themselves):
purchase here
available on Amazon
I also bought another old guide used but I don't see it on Amazon anymore and the book is at school.  Does anyone else "lapbook" out there?

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Southeast Michigan Teacher Meetup/End of School Year

I tried to plan a meetup about a month back and had not much luck.  The good news is, there is one being planned:)  I am not the planner though.  You can read more about the Northville meetup here.

I am so excited to meet with other teachers (besides those in my district)!

It is hard to believe that there are only 2.5 more days to go in this school year!  We have been having a lot of fun the last few weeks!

Yesterday was beach reading day where we went outside to do "read to self" and "read to someone."   The students enjoyed bringing their towels to do so.

Today we were fortunate to visit the local public library which is down the street from our school.  The kids really enjoyed it I think as many did not seem to know about it.  I found it interesting as it is a public library that receives no public funding.  They were so sweet there and even sent every teacher (we went in 2 classes at a time) home with a bag of several books for the classroom.

Tomorrow will be "pajama/movie day."  We read the book Padington Bear earlier this year and the kids really liked it.  So, I bought the dvd set of the old TV show and the kids are looking forward to that.  I also bought the 30th Anniversary Edition of Schoolhouse Rock.

Thursday will be "game day" where students are able to bring in their favorite board/card games from home.  I remind them that if it is a truly special game it should be left at home.

We've also been working on finishing up our Robert McCloskey lapbook.  I hope to post pictures of that soon.

2.5 more day...I can do it, I can do it!  :)