So sometime last week on pinterest I saw an adorable pin that was from a first grade blog First Grader..at Last: http://firstgraderatlast.blogspot.com/2011/11/reindeer-games.html
She had a whole reindeer games unit, and the final part was a fill in the blank book, called, "If You Give a Reindeer some Root beer.." Well a fill in the blank is a little young for my kids so here is what we did instead. First on Monday we did cause and effect with "If You Give a Pig a Pancake.." then on Tuesday we did cause and effect with "If You Take a Mouse to the Movies," (by the way these were both great title because we just finished learning about alliteration; oh the tie in!!!) I'm getting side track. After doing cause and effect for both pieces we compared the two using a Venn Diagram. Well today we brain stormed first and then in pairs the students had to write thier own books entitled "If You Give a Reindeer a ________________." and they got to fill in the blank, but they had to use alliteration because that is one of the things the other books had in common. They also had to do Cause and Effect in their books. We accomplished this by doing one cause and one effect per note card then gluing the note cards onto the pages of our books. (I don't know about your kids, but if I had given them a blank book to fill, all the word would have been on one page). The last thing each of their books had to have was circular logic; the the "If You Give books" they need to come full circle and come back where they started.
Enough rambling about the lesson. Sorry I tend to be long winded and like the sound of my voice (maybe that's why I teach hmmm...). Well here are some picture of their books.
The books are so adorable I wish I could read them all to you, but I will do just one. This one is rather clever and so I thought you all would enjoy.
If you give a reindeer a rocket
He'll probably want some fuel
If you give him fuel
He'll probably ask for turbo boost
If you give him turbo boost
He'll want fuel for them too
and if you give him the fuel
He'll probably go into space
If he is in space
He'll want some company
If you give him company
If will be too cramped and he'll want to go back down
and when you come back down
he'll probably miss space
And when he misses space
He'll ask you for another rocket.
Alright, well that is strait from the plan book, I hope you can use it or log it away for another Holiday, "If You Give a Bunny a Blueberry" or maybe "If You Give a Leprechaun a Lemon," lol.
And as always thanks for reading and pinning.