How I Spent My Summer Vacation

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation
Welcome to The Teacher's Corner first of many Online Collaboration Projects. The project is open to any K-8 classroom and will run from September 8, 2014 - October 5, 2014. Register Now!

This first project will help everyone get a new school year off to a great start while reliving some of the more memorable moments of summer vacation and reading the wonderful story by Mark Teague, How I Spent My Summer Vacation.

Book Synopsis
Some kids spend their summer vacation at camp. Some kids spend it at Grandma's house. Wallace Bleff spent his out west...on a ride, a rope, and a roundup he'll never forget.

Classrooms from around the world will have two activities to choose from. (You can also choose to register for both activities.)

The first activity, My Own Summer Vacation, has a writing focus. After reading the book, students will create their own exaggerated summer vacation story and illustration. Students will then share their work with other classrooms via the Internet.

The second activity, Are We There Yet?, has a math focus. After reading the book, students will use various paper and electronic resources to calculate the number of miles they traveled during their own summer vacations. Classes will then share their total mileage with other classrooms via the Internet.

Both activities will include any necessary resources, worksheets and Internet links needed to complete the project.

EDMODO COLLABORATION: We have added a new feature to this project by creating an Edmodo group that will allow you and your students to collaborate with the other participating classes. In addition to submitting a link to your students' work via email to me, you can also post the link within the Edmodo group. After I have received your registration, you will receive an email that contains the group's Join URL. (This is a locked group, so once you request to join I will have to approve the request.) If you do not already have an Edmodo account, they are free and easy to create! Visit the main page, click on "I'm a Teacher" and begin the registration. https://www.edmodo.com/

Throughout the project I will post a "Note" to the group. The note will have some type of question or prompt for you and yours students to complete. I will also be posting a "Poll" these same days. Please remember that both of these are completely optional. Other then the Note and Poll, there are no specific guidelines for the Edmodo group, but here are a few ideas for collaborating:

-Be sure to share your location and grade level with the group.

-Share ideas, lessons and resources with the other teachers.

-Ask for help regarding the project.

-You can share your Skype or Facetime information if you are interested in additional collaboration.

Are you and your students ready to join Wallace Bleff on his incredible summer vacation?

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