First Friday Freebie #3: weather here or there

On the Same Day in March: A Tour of the World's Weather, by Marilyn Singer

On the Same Day in March: A Tour of the World’s Weather, by Marilyn Singer is another one of my favorite books. It can help broaden students’ perspectives as they “journey” around the world exploring the various types of weather and events that can all occur on the same day. It is amazing how varied that one day can be, depending upon where you are on the globe.

To give your students an opportunity to explore this same concept, use the interactive map I put together (click here for pdf file).

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By following the links embedded in the map, your students can go on their own adventure around the world to compare the weather in various places on the same day in March.

Create a chart of the findings and/or have students use the data from the webcams to illustrate their own pages of a book based on Singer’s text.

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I’ve also added another set of Daily Visual Challenges to my TpT store. First person to contact me gets a free copy. Happy almost spring! 🙂

DVC: March

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Happy President’s Day

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Looking for a new way to introduce more visuals into the classroom? Try easel.ly. You can get started by “recycling” one of the many vhemes (visual themes) provided or build your own. There are many graphics, icons, and fonts to choose from, too, as you create and customize your own infographic.

Have fun creating and picturing information in new ways!

p.s. I have another freebie available here (Book Response Task Cards: President’s Day Theme).

The activities included on the task cards are based on the stories and illustrations in the following books (and aligned to CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.1, 3.3, & 3.7):

First Friday Freebie #2

President’s Day is fast approaching. The Impossible Patriotism Project by Linda Skeers is one of my favorite books this time of year. As Caleb and his classmates discuss what patriotism means to them and create projects for parents’ night, your students can also be challenged to define and illustrate patriotism through their own eyes.

I enjoy using ABC books with my students. It’s a fun way to encourage discussion and collaboration and to assess where their understanding is on a subject. Plus they make fun additions to the classroom library and nice references for students throughout the year. Laminate the pages back-to-back (to create double-sided pages) and bind together, and they will be durable for extended use.

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You can find my “Patriotism Is…” ABC book template here (First Friday Freebie #2). Enjoy!

Visual Literacy in Action: Daily Visual Challenge

I used a version of these Daily Visual Challenges with my third grade classes, and I’ve been working on updating them into a format that can be shared. I just posted the first set (for February) in my TPT store. You can preview the Daily Visual Challenges here and download a free sampler.

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DVC_phoneI’ve found them to be a great way to incorporate more visual literacy practice into each school day. They encourage students to be observant, train them to strengthen their memory recall, and provide them with opportunities to dive in and explore meanings of visuals.

How do you incorporate visual literacy practice into your day?

The Goose is Getting Fat

Hard to believe it is just a little over two weeks until Christmas! If you are looking for some visual ways to share this and other winter holidays with your students, check out the resources below:

Scholastic’s Celebrate Winter Holidays: Christmas – interactive site shares history behind Christmas traditions and ways various cultures celebrate the holiday

National Geographic’s The World of Christmas – take a virtual tour to see celebrations in 16 cities around the world

Lemon.ly’s Christmas Around the World –  infographic depicting Christmas traditions around the world

Online Interactive World Advent Calendar – test your knowledge of Christmas celebrations around the world

Christmas Around the World Art Projects – inspired by the Herbert Hoover Museum Christmas exhibit which honors Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover’s mission of spreading the message of peace and goodwill around the globe

 

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Giving Thanks

Although many years have passed since the Pilgrim’s first Thanksgiving feast in 1621, you can still “journey back” and take a glimpse at this experience thanks to Scholastic’s site The First Thanksgiving. Virtual tours, videos, slideshows, games, activities, and printables await!

Looking for more? View the Smithsonian’s collection of images Thanksgiving in North America: From Local Harvests to National Holiday. Learn more about the holiday from some Native  American perspectives. And check out the resources I wrote about here.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Honoring All Who Serve(d)

With the presidential election tomorrow and Veterans Day fast approaching, I have decided to share some of my favorite patriotic alphabetic books. These can provide unique opportunities to help your students learn more about the United States as well as focus their attention on those who have and currently do serve our country.

Maybe your students will be inspired to create their own ABC book – a fun way for learners of all ages to dive in and learn more about topics that interest them.

A is for America: An American Alphabet, by Devin Scillian

America: A Patriotic Primer, by Lynne Cheney

A is for America, by Tanya Lee Stone

H is for Honor: A Military Family Alphabet, by Devin Scillian

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