Wednesday, March 28, 2012


“Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.”

What better way to nurture the above goal than with this nature book!  Children will have fun making it, drawing in it, labeling pictures, writing in it, reading it, and then taking it home to share with their families.
First, you will have to go on a stick hunt.  Each child will need a stick approximately 7” long.  (If you ask them to find a stick that’s as long as their elbow to their wrist that should work.)  Next, fold three sheets of paper in half.  Punch 2” from each end as shown.  Push one end of a rubber band through the top hole and insert one end of the stick through the loop.  Insert the other end of the rubber band through the bottom hole and slide it in the stick. 
*You can use the book to follow up a nature walk, to record plant growth, as a journal for science experiments, for nature vocabulary words, for taking notes as a non-fiction book is read, or for creative writing.