This is a Theme-Based Extension & Enrichment Workbook for 4th or 5th grade students who need more than open-ended, repetitive, or busy work to keep their minds engaged.
This workbook includes 30+ before, during and mostly AFTER extension and enrichment activities launched off and themed around the 2011 Caldecott award-winning picture book A Sick Day for Amos McGee. Don’t get too caught up on the book or the level, it’s just 5 minute read to “hook” your students and launch the theme.
(borrow it, buy it, or play it from youtube)
This workbook is great for:
-teachers who need to keep students actively engaged while reteaching a small group
-teachers who need activities to do when not all of the students are in the room and don't want to continue with the curriculum
-theme-based activities for a sub folder (pull some activities out of the workbook for a sub folder!)
I have done extensive research to create this “Book Immersion” so that your students can explore this picture book from every curricular angle: Social Studies, Science, Critical Thinking, Writing, Math, Reading, Structured Research, Author and Illustrator Insight, and even Character Education…
This “Book Immersion” workbook is different from a literature unit because the activities are set up to be completed independently and the activities are cross-curricular. This charming picture book about friendship will capture everyone’s hearts and be a great year theme throughout the year.
My Early Finishers workbook system for fast finishers actually came about because I was looking to "buy" a system or kit that was already available, but for one for more reasons, I just couldn’t press “Add to cart.” Either there was too much upkeep throughout the year, too much prep, or would be too much student movement about the room. While many teachers are having success with what’s currently available, I wanted something better. Something WOW! I wanted quality activities, and I found that the only way I could get that was to base my activities around quality literature… award-winning picture books.
I call my result “Book Immersion” workbooks.
By using an appealing picture book as a “hook,” your students are exposed to and reading quality literature. It also helps get your students emotionally connected to the book and more engaged in the workbook.
The possibilities are endless as you have an entire workbook of quality enrichment activities that don’t take away from your current curriculum. They enhance your students’ current knowledge as well as help them review basic foundational skills in a fun, engaging way.
Have your students work in their "Book Immersion" workbook when they finish assignments early, when you need to reteach a small group and keep the rest of the class engaged in educational activities, or when you just need a minute to yourself to get caught up.
These activities look fun… can I do this whole group?
-Absolutely. These are well-developed activities meant to cover many disciplines. They are not, however, meant to replace your direction instruction in reading or your curriculum guide. Use the activities as you feel will best meet you and your students’ needs
What materials do the students need?
-Even though these “Book Immersion” workbooks do contain a variety of activities, most of the activities are quiet, at-your-seat activities. The supplies a student will need are scissors, crayons, and glue. There are 2 internet research projects included, but you could set guidelines for those if you wish.
Do I have to have the picture book?
-Not necessarily. In a pinch, you can find the book online at youtube.com. The students need to read the book or have the book read to them to connect to the book. This book is currently a read-aloud on youtube.com. My favorite is by StoryTimeMomShy. There are a couple activities in the workbook where you it helps to have the hardcover book in front of you (activities where students look for details in the illustrations), but students can do the others without it.
-Ideally, yes, you would have the book in the room. This allows students to really enjoy the book, appreciate the illustrations, and really delve into the book. This is a 2011 Caldecott winning book. Your local library or school library should have it. Since this is an activity I will use year after year, I went ahead and purchased mine off Amazon.com Used Books for only 1¢ each. With shipping, the book was $4. But the headache these “Book Immersion” workbooks will save me was well worth the money.
Can all the students do this?
-There is no one size fits all for any teaching product. While I cannot possibly account and prepare for all the different students in your classroom with special needs, I can see these students choosing which activities they feel they can do, or the teacher choosing for them. I am finding success with students partnering up to read directions or doing some of the activities whole group. In my 21 years of teaching, I have found that usually my early finishers are my more independent students.
What happens when a student finishes their “Book Immersion” workbook?
-This extension and enrichment workbook is intended to be used as the first of a set of workbooks for fast finishers. I will have more “Book Immersion” workbooks available soon at Tpt.com