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I just bought the book Mrs. Spitzer's Garden and am looking for activities to go with the book. Looks like a good one to start the year. (I teach 3rd)....I'd really appreciate any ideas you may want to share!
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Is this the book with
Old 07-07-2009, 07:21 PM
 
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all of the beautiful illustrations about a teacher, planting seeds and tending to her garden through the year? If so (I forgot the title) my team gave this book to a few of our retiring teachers. IT IS SO CUTE. I NEED TO WRITE THIS TITLE DOWN!
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This is the book! I love the pictures, too. It's a really relevant story for teachers and students!
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I want to use this book as well since my classroom theme will be a garden (gardening is also the metaphor for my educational philosophy).
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http://www.google.com/search?sourcei...den+activities

I was at a workshop years ago and the presenter used this book at Back-to-School Night to emphasize the concept about how kids "grow" differently in a large group setting than one-on-one at home. Anyway, the above link is a google search that has quite a few ideas.


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Old 07-08-2009, 02:43 PM
 
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I used this with my class for an end-of-the-year bulletin board. They wrote about the teachers and staff members they had come in contact with during the 4 years they spent at our school, and why each one was special. I did a garden bulletin board with picket fence and flowers, and put the writing they did up. It was one of my best boards ever!
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Great Synthesis Lesson...
Old 07-08-2009, 05:34 PM
 
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I use Mrs. Spitzer's Garden to teach synthesis in comprehending what we read. The kids love the book on the first read, and then the discussions go crazy once we get into the second read. The illustrations provide many clues about the fact that Mrs. Spitzer's garden is MORE than just a garden of plants ... the text and illustrations really lend themselves to a great synthesis lesson.
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Old 07-08-2009, 06:33 PM
 
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You might want to check-out this thread from the third grade board.

http://www.proteacher.net/discussion...d.php?t=168012
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