This is really a resource sharing blog, and probably isn't as likely to generate discussion as blogs that analyze, you know, issues or whatever. That said, I just want to put it out there that comments are very welcome here, and I don't want people to feel like I am just talking AT you. I'd like to hear if you have found similar resources to what is posted, or your experience after trying a posted resource. I'm sure others would like to read your comments too!
She'll probably be mad at me, but I want to single out my friend Laura G., who recently abandoned me to go work outside of Baltimore. Always exemplary, Laura recently posted an awesome comment on the Design a Habitat post. Love the feedback and the great ideas, Laura!!
It also occurs to me that the activity that Laura mentions would pair well (what am I, a sommelier?) with the fun book Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing, by Judi Barrett.
Ok, so this is slightly unrelated, but I found the Switcheroo Zoo activity with the animal making on this website. I'm not sure if you featured that one yet, but it's great! I had a group of kids going to the zoo on a field trip, so we read "The Mixed Up Chameleon" with a focus on the animals as characters, as that is where we are with using story grammar marker. We described how the chameleon changed, talking about the parts of the animals and what they help the animal do (e.g., having a long giraffe neck makes it see/reach high things). Then we went on the website and made different animals, talking about the fact that if a cheetah had a pig head, then it would oink and not growl, if it had fins, it would swim instead of running fast. We focused on conditional and causal phrases. At the end, they wrote a sentence with a sentence starter - "If I were a mix of two animals I would be a ______ and a _______ because..." and drew a picture of their pretend animal. It worked out really well, so thanks for the link!!!
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Thanks for the continued reading, guys!