11.17.2011

Cabin Fever - Sixth in the Wimpy Kid Series

This week, the sixth Diary of a Wimpy Kid book was released.
With an initial printing of six million copies, Cabin Fever is the biggest book of the year.  The publisher's confidence is not surprising, since kids (and lots of adults) just can't get enough of Jeff Kinney's illustrated realistic fiction series.

If you'd like to get more than pleasure reading out of this kid-pleasing story, download the Cabin Fever Event Kit from Abrams Books Academic Resources collection.  You will also find the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Throughout the Year packet, which includes more learning activities to go along with the series.

After reading, let students act out their favorite scenes using printable masks from Wimpy Kid Club.

Find out about the Wimpy Kid book that you can read online, wimpy cupcakes, and wimpy printables here.

Hear wimpy music and see Cheese Touch cupcakes here.

Learn about a wimpy online game that matches the snowed-in Cabin Fever theme perfectly here.

And, if you've already torn through Cabin Fever in the last three days, don't despair.  There is going to be a seventh book.

11.11.2011

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving will be here soon.  Many students and teachers are running on fumes at this time of year.  Keep your eye on the prize while keeping the learning going with these fun ideas.

Combine math and art with Almost Unschoolers' pumpkin pie fractions.  The roundness of the Thanksgiving dessert favorite makes it a perfect manipulative for understanding and practicing basic fractions.
Then help students understand that there's more to the Thanksgiving story than three days off school  full of family, food, and football with their handprint pilgrim mural.  After printing the 26 adults and 27 children to represent the pilgrims who survived the first year in the New World, students can label them with names from their pilgrim stories.
Check out the Magic Tree House Research Guide: Pilgrims for more information about the first Thanksgiving.

You can also include a musical connection with this catchy and amusing Thanksgiving song, "Turkey from Albuquerque."