Saturday, May 4, 2013

Planting More Freebies On My Blog

I know when I go on Pinterest or cruise around on other blogs I often see a brace map that is adorable and is presented as an art project that is a cut and paste activity. I love how beautifully these turn out and appreciate all the skills that go into creating them. However, (deep breath) now that we are on the Common Core train our thinking has shifted a bit and our students are being asked to think like  "scientists" and to draw the parts of a plant themselves (visual imprinting) which is a way for a young students to record their understandings and build knowledge. This can be done in large or small group settings and allows children to label each part with an appropriate word, building academic vocabulary. When doing this you want to encourage children to make the parts to match the "whole" plant on the left side. I talking about putting the pieces of a puzzle together to make the entire picture. Are you on board for this?


Cards can be used to guide student thinking and can help them learn to label these parts more easily. I love making these and using them in my Morning Message, in a pocket chart, on a word wall, or as part of a literacy station. I will post these later as a freebie in my TpT store. Leave a comment if you would like these plant materials for your classroom.  Click on any picture to take you to my freebies. Leave a comment if you can and become a follower!



15 comments:

Crayons and Whimsy said...

I'll be looking for the freebie cards soon...thank you! Yes, visual imprinting is important and there does need to be a shift in our approach with Common Core. I also do a lot of the pictorials in front of my class like you mentioned in your last post. Thanks for keeping us on our toes and thinking through Common Core!

Christy
Crayons and Whimsy

lexie phillips said...

I love this idea, especially how you tell the children they are putting the pieces together like a puzzle.

Sarah Hankinson said...

I teach in VA and we don't have the Common Core. What you say makes sense! Thanks for putting it together for those teachers who aren't in a Common Core state!

Sarah
Learning is for Superstars
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venus said...

Love the plant cards and children will love love it.

Erin Eberhart said...

I'm hoping to touch on plants/spring/Mother's Day all at the same time. So much to cram in, and so little time! I love your stuff Fran!!
Erin

ronnie said...

I'm really interested and will be watching out. vhair61215@gmail.com

absees123s said...

Love this and would absolutely love them! Will be looking for these, as I know my kids will love them!

sheila said...

Love your materials and would appreciate the cards. We are in the middle of our plant unit , and this will come in handy. Thanks again for sharing your hard work!

vicky1970 said...

Hey Fran,
I saw these on pinterest and wanted to swing by and say - CUTE! Love teaching about plants...so fun. Have a great weekend. <3
Vicky
Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

Traci - Dragonflies in First said...

Love your parts to whole sheet. Super fab! Thanks :D

Emilie said...

Love your items... you were my first blog I followed and from there I have met many more awesome K teachers. Happy Teacher Appreciation Week.

Beth said...

Love it all, Fran! Thank you so much!

tynetots said...

Thank you so much for the download. It was what I was looking for....how did you know? It looks wonderful!

tynetots said...

Just downloaded it. Thank you so much. It is just what I was looking for....how did you know? It looks great!!

Katie said...

Thank you for these!!