Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Make Your Own Fairy Tale Book

Hi guys! I wanted to share a fun way for your child to publish their own fairy tale story. The boys have recently been working on writing their own fairy tales. I thought it would be fun to make their own books. If your interested how we did this keep reading.

The boys started off by aging their paper using a tea bag and some warm water. 
We used water color paper but I am sure card stock works just fine. 

Once the paper dried I burnt the ends to give it a worn out look. You can just
have your child rip the ends if you don't want to burn it. 

With my help they found clipart to match the characters in their story. Here is my 
first grader coloring his princess who loves to read. 

We made the O in once upon a time really fancy. He drew a tree inside and decorated it with vines. 

My 3rd grader drew poison apples inside his O.

I drew light lines to guide them so their writing was more neat. 

Once they finished writing their story inside the book. I used some string to bind the book. 

They added their pictures and numbered the pages. 

That's it! It was really fun and the final copy turned out really nice. You can make this book for any story not just fairy tales.

Click on the image to check out the entire fairy tale unit. 

Fairy Tale Writing Unit

Hi guys! Today I wanted to share with you all the fun we had with our fairy tale writing unit. First let me start off by saying these units are incredible. They contain book suggestions, grammar, hands on fun, anchor charts, and step by step instructions. My boys have loved each and everyone of the writing units we've done so far, and this one was no different. Amy and Hope have put so much thought and creativity into each unit I seriously recommend you check out both their blogs and TPT stores.

We read Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as our mentor text. We talked about story elements (character, setting, problem, solution, and events). We also talked about what a fairy tale is and the things it contains ( magic, talking animals, pattern of 7 and 3). Once they understood all that we started brainstorming ideas for their own stories. We created an anchor chart to gather all our initial ideas and they transferred it over to their worksheet.

The next day we took all our ideas we brainstormed and wrote the beginning, middle, and end of their stories.

They worked on an exercise to help them learn transition words in a story. 

They also created this fun mirror craft. They loved this challenge they had to break the evil queens
spell and put all the sentences and transition words back in order. If you make anything into a challenge
my boys are all in. 

taking their ideas and writing complete sentences and using transition words. We 
also worked on writing a good hook to capture the readers attention. 

This was my favorite activity. Getting rid of the choppy and boring sentences using conjunctions and subordinating conjunctions. They pull out a conjunction/subordinating conjunction and try to rewrite one of their boring sentences. 

We also replaced "said" with more of a vivid verb. 


Even though the file does come with a really nice craft and writing paper template to publish the final work. I thought it would be nice if they made their own story books. We used water color paper and stained it using tea bags. 

I burned the ends of the paper to make it look old (the boys didn't help with this part). They picked out their characters (we just searched for clipart online).

Coloring his story characters. 

Finished Books

Extra (not part of the unit):

I also had the boys read and listen to a lot of different fairy tales. After reading one they worked on these fairy tale pennants. 

We hung them up in our school room. They look so adorable!

Thursday, 26 January 2017

George Washington Carver

Hi guys! Today I wanted to share more of our black history month studies. We learned all about George Washington Carver. My kids were amazed at his determination and his kindness. Here are some of the fun activities we did.

The boys put together a fun peanut butter jar that contained information about him

Looking through the book for answers to some of the questions

The boys wrote a paragraph about what they learned about this fascinating man

Directed drawing of George Washington Carver
They also put peanuts around him with character traits written on them 

Peanut Butter Jar Foldable
Directed Drawing

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Henry's Freedom Box Lapbook

Hi guys! I hope you are having a wonderful week. Since February is Black History Month the boys and I have been reading and learning a great deal about some great men and women who have made a change. We read Henry's Freedom Box which is a sad and beautiful story. The illustrations that accompany the story is breath taking, you can see all the emotions of each character. Here are some of the lapbook activities we worked on.

Sequencing Henry's freedom path

We discussed all the challenges Henry faced during his time. 

We also worked on a cause and effect foldable. 

Vocabulary from the book and facts about the Underground Railroad.

We also talked about mood and the boys picked two scenes from the book and wrote about how they felt while reading about it. 

The boys wrote how they wanted people to be treated it. "Everyone should be treated with respect."

For Grammar the boys worked on a mentor sentence from the book. We analyzed the sentence and our focus was complex sentences. 

We had a wonderful time reading Henry's Freedom Box. I highly recommend it.


Rooted in Reading
Mentor Sentence

Friday, 20 January 2017

Jane Goodall Biography Brochure

Hi guys! Happy Friday :). I hope you guys had a fun and productive week. One of my goals this year was to focus a lot on writing. Informational, biographies, narrative, etc. I am happy to say that we are accomplishing this goal. Today I wanted to share with you my sons Jane Goodall biography brochure report and art project. All resources are mentioned at the end of the post.

He really enjoyed learning all about her and her passion for animals. 

He gathered most of his information from this book and The Watcher which is more
detailed than Me...Jane. 

We also used QR codes for safe online research. 

Art Project:

I requested that I draw the chimp for him and I was okay with that. I made the outline and he added the details.Painted it and added texture. 

He cut out a tree trunk from brown construction paper and added detail using
black chalk pastels. He also used green and yellow paper to add leaves. 

 The art project was fun and easy. I think he could have drawn his own chimp if he wanted to.
The instructions were really clear and easy to follow. 

Biography Brochure
Art Lesson
QR Codes

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