on November 22, 2009
I'm a first grade teacher and I am not big on seat work, but I bought this because I needed something that was beneficial for my students to do that would keep them busy while I met with small groups. The year I bought this, I had several kids that could not behave in centers, so I needed to have them do something that made them think while at their seats, but was also fun. There are a lot of fun activities in the book that reinforce story elements, retelling, etc. Many of the activities were a little more suited for higher grades, but most were usable by first graders if modified. A lot of these activities allow students to visualize elements and make them more concrete concepts to them.
on February 6, 2010
I teach second grade and I found many useful things in this book that I can use whole group and small group. There are also activities that will challenge my higher students. The activities can be adapted to fit your needs and are organized to use before, during, and after reading the story. Love this book!
on April 5, 2014
This book is excellent! Though I have personally used this book for science & social studies, and not traditional "reading", I have found it very useful. The book is tailored for young students, but it can be used for multiple age groups, and with diverse or special need learners with some creativity. With white-out and a photocopier, the templates provided in the book can be used for graphic organizers and/or as the basis for multi-subject project builds. Ex: Science - I used the 'Book Train' template as a 7th grade biology learning project about cellular transport processes (osmosis, diffusion, etc.). Students built separate 'Cell Transport Trains' representing each type of cellular transport, with 'train cars' representing the vital facts for each cell process.
I am a special education teacher of 7th & 8th grade students (science mainly). I have had this book for about two months, and though it is aimed at a much younger age group than I teach, I have been able to use the templates in assorted projects, activities or note-organizers for my students' varied levels & abilities.
This book has helped diversify the activities, labs & projects that I can do in my room and allows for easier planning.