With the kids observing the moon for a month between lessons in my Moon unit, I have been filling our science lessons with a variety of activities. One thing I have noticed is that the kids love anything hands on. That sent me searching blogs for fun, hands-on activities that I can use in my classroom. I found this craftivity from Deb at Crafting Connections. I'm excited to be using it as part of her Classroom Tested Teacher and Student Approved series.
I started my lesson today by reviewing the concept of Main Idea and Details. This seems like an easy enough concept, but the review was definitely helpful to a few of the kids!
Then, I handed out the pages for the craftivity. There are six main pages to this mini-book, a cover, and five pages with Main Ideas about the Earth. The last page the kids picked up was a sheet of details. The details are all listed on one page and have to be matched to the correct main idea for the book. I let the kids work on this part with a partner.
Then we worked on assembling the books. Cutting out the six pages, taping the construction paper together, and then gluing the pages onto the construction paper took a lot longer than I had planned! The kids wanted everything to be just right, and it took them about half an hour to get things done. In the future, I think I’d probably split this activity into two parts: do the thinking part on day one, and do the constructing of the book on day two.The finished projects were really cute and I know the kids did a lot of thinking along the way!
In addition to creating this awesome product, Deb is kind enough to be giving this craftivity away to one of my readers! You can head to her blog to enter the drawing!