My Side of the Mountain Novel Study

41GI0OcvOZL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Last week we headed to the Catskills for the most perfect, cozy, blissful weekend escape.  My nerdy inner elementary school teacher was as about the relaxation and she was about the setting of Jean Craighead George’s My Side of the Mountain in the real.   To give a little context to my unabashed enthusiasm, when I taught grade 5 I devised an entire My side of The Mountain unit plan.  It is hands down one of my favourite novel studies to do with a group of upper elementary school students.  The story is set in the Catskills, and centers around the theme of survival in the wilderness.  So as you know I believe in experiential learning. So naturally when I was teaching in the Northwest I made sure to infuse activities that got my students out in their natural environment to ensure the book really came alive.  It really is one of the best books to create interactive, authentic learning experiences around.  So while away this past weekend,  I snapped a handful of pictures throughout our trip that I can put together in a slide presentation for fellow teachers to use to help their students visualize the setting of My Side of the Mountain.  It is now up on my Teachers pay Teachers store. Continue reading “My Side of the Mountain Novel Study”

Teachable Moments: Guess Who?

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We all know how much I love to design curriculum from scratch for my students.  Yet it has been such a long time since I shared one of the resources I have developed for my classroom.  Life has been so grad school centric, which when compounded by the regular of end of the year school year crazy is leaving me with little time for much else.  So in honor of the last day of school here is one of my favorite lessons I have created -Guess who? I originally saw the idea of converting an old Guess Who? game into an educational resources on Pinterest and began scrounging for old game boards so my students could make their own.  However, even the Salvation Army prices were too rich for my blood so I decided to design and create my own game pieces that can be simply printed and constructed in the classroom.   Continue reading “Teachable Moments: Guess Who?”