What a beautiful day it is to celebrate those heroes who have bravely fought to defend our freedoms and the freedoms of others around the world. I am so thankful to all the men and women of the military for their sacrifices.
Before I share a bit about my adventurous long weekend, I have something else to celebrate. My 100 Follower Giveaway was a huge success! I had so much fun hosting the fun and am so appreciative to all those who donated and who entered.
Now, that the giveaway is over, I am super excited to announce the winners. They are...
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Congratulations to Cindy, Mary, and Kim!!! I will be e-mailing you shortly to coordinate you getting your great prizes. I hope you enjoy them! Thanks so much for entering!
Now, back to my adventures. I just got back from my camping trip, which was so much fun! I went to Rickett's Glen State Park in PA with my parents, Jessica and her husband, and Jessica's parents. We had a great time hiking, biking, playing, games: corn hole, Balderdash, Apples to Apples etc. Last night, my dad made delicious sticky chicken in the Dutch oven and then we made scrumptious s'mores over a beautiful campfire.
It was so peaceful to get away from hectic every day life. We all were forced to take a break from blogging, texting, e-mailing, etc. because we had NO cell phone service. My iPhone stayed off all weekend and I must say I didn't miss it. Well, not too much. Hehehe.
The only downside to our camping experience was the...FREEZING COLD WEATHER!!!!
It was SO COLD the whole time!!!!!
All of us spent the weekend wearing as many layers as possible and trying not to shiver. We could not believe it was 40 degrees on May 25!
Now, that I am back, it's time to get mentally prepared to finish the school year. It's going to be a whirlwind.
One thing that is coming up soon is the final social studies unit "Looking at our World." Students learn about different continents and the children that live there. They will also finish discovering their place in the great big world.
As most of you know, Me on the Map is a perfect book to use for any social studies unit like this. Still, I am going to highlight it for Collaboration Cuties Mentor Text linky.
The book begins with a little girl thinking about where she is in her room. Then, she zooms out to thinking about where her room is in her house, where her house is on her street, where her street is in her town etc. until finally the whole earth is seen from space. The book doesn't end there though. After zooming out, it zooms all the way back in until the girl is back in her room in her house. All along the way there are simple maps to look at and study.
The text and illustrations are simple, but the concepts are important. Students are able to see how they are part of a bigger town, state, continent, and world. They also see how maps can be made of different locations and how there are many different reference points for where someone is in the world. I know my students often confuse continents and countries or states and countries. This book helps them see the difference.
As I perused Pinterest, I found a TON of cute projects to go along with this book. Here are some I am considering trying this year.
I also created my own World Address sheet, so that students can record where they are in the world. I may have them do this before doing the project or in lieu of it if I don't have time to do anything in depth. That would be sad.
Anyway, here's the freebie. Hope you can use it.