Friday, September 6, 2013

Understanding Community Through Rosie's Walk and Me on the Map

Hello Everyone!
Just a quick post tonight.  This is one pooped teacher!  These looooong short weeks are pretty crazy!  But I did want to share just a couple of things we worked on this week! We are integrating our reading and social studies so finding just the right literature to fulfill both curriculum areas and objectives can be challenging.  In reading we worked on cross checking while reading, and in social studies we worked on our community and maps.  Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins, and Sweeney's Me on the Map both fit the bill.  As we were reading both selections, we practiced cross checking (Does it look right? Does it sound right? Does it make sense?) Once we understood the author's message, we were able to focus on the social studies part of them.  We were able to gather the prepositions from Rosie's Walk and discuss direction and position words in Rosie's community (precursor to map skills).
We then created a reader's response HOV (hands on visual) to show our learning. I put some pics and directions into a little pdf.  Here are a couple of pics.

For your free printable including a pattern for Rosie, click HERE!!

We enjoyed Me On The Map and created a simple anchor chart together to show our learning.  We are all part of the same communities.  I wish I would have had time for the kids to make those cool layered circle "Me on the Map" books, but time just got away from us. The kids were happy with the poster and it has become a conversation piece in the classroom.  We are all connected through many different communities!

Love these little faces!! Love that the kids that made them feel the connection with each other through "community!!"

Stay tuned for another peek into the goings on in our first grade classroom!! We love that you dropped by for a visit!!
Have a great weekend!


  1. Thank you so much for sharing. Rosie's Walk is an excellent book to teach prepostitions and I loved how you had your students retell the story. Your version of Me on the Map is delightful.

  2. We do Me on the Map too in September when we teach map skills. Last year we created maps of our classroom and also points of interest in our community. The kids broke up into groups of 5 and every child had a specific task. I was amazed how well they all worked together. We made sure each group had a leader who was in charge of delegating work and overseeing the project. I love the poster you made! What a cute idea.
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  3. What kind of markers did you use on your chart? They are so bright. I like them.

  4. Great idea! I'm going to use this with the book Kitten's First Full Moon! Thanks for sharing=)

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