Thursday, September 26, 2013

Book Review Tuesday: Give, Save, Spend with the Three Little Pigs

Give, Save, Spend with the Three Little Pigs by Clint Greenleaf.

From their website:

"The Big Bad Wolf is back, and he’s blowing down houses in the forest, one by one. The Three Little Pigs hatch a plan to help other animals weather the Wolf ’s mighty lungs. They start a building company, offering strong homes built of brick, just like theirs. Demand is high for the brick homes the Pigs build, and their business becomes a success. Now they need to figure out what they should do with their hard-earned profits.

 One pig wants to spend the money, another wants to give it away, and the third wants to save it. Based on the give-save-spend concept, this sequel to the classic fairy tale teaches kids a safe and practical approach to managing money. Schools don’t teach basic finance, and most books about money are too confusing for younger children. An entertaining first step in any child’s financial education, Give, Save, Spend with the Three Little Pigs is easy to read and understand."

This was a cute book, but a little young for my students (5th/6th). I think that it would work nicely for grades 1-3. It teaches the children that when they get money that they will need to make a budget and decide how to spend it. The illustrations are beautiful and very well done. If I taught a younger grade, I would definitely be using this book in my classroom.

You can pre-order this book, which comes out on March 4, 2014,  at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Thanks go to NetGalley and Greenleaf Book Group Press for a free digital copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Foldable Friday: US Regions

This summer I spent some time creating some resources for my 5th graders. Our first unit is geography and the students have to learn about the Regions of the United States.  I wanted them to use maps and graphic organizers to gather their information.

The first thing I had them do was to label all the states and then mark the different regions on their maps.

We then took notes about each region and put the information on an interactive foldable graphic organizer.

You can find this product in my TpT, TN and Tool for School shops.

To find more activities on US geography be sure to check out Fifth in the Middle's Geography Linky!