Innovative
Classroom

Center Focus

"A Busy Year" Reading

  1. You will need several copies of A Busy Year for this center.
  2. This is an activity geared toward beginner readers. They will read the story getting help as needed.
  3. They will then make their own accordion style mini-story book to retell the events from Leo Lionni's book. They can make a title page and then each successive page will be a new month. They should write the name on the top of each page and then write a sentence about that specific month.
  4. Encourage them to write using inventive spelling if necessary.
  5. You may want to have the step-by-step instructions written out at the center.

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Speech Writing
Grateful for Acrostic
"A Busy Year" Art
Where Did the Easter Bunny Come From?
Literature Response
Guided by the Stars
Sponge Observation
Area and Perimeter of Olympic Rings
Cinderella, Cinderella
Volume Conversions
Washer Weights
Ten Black Dots
Dough Dreidel
The Color Mix-Up
Crooked vs. Straight
Depict an Event
Political Debate about Celebration of Columbus Day
Valentine Placemats
Object Observation
Toothpick Sculptures
Puppets
Discover the Explorers
Pumpkin Volumes
Moon Months
Author Spotlight
What Happens to the Paper?
Travel Brochure
Pumpkin Measurements
Millennium Inventions
Complete the Story
The Medal Winners
Historical Perspective
Where Did He Go?
Discover Music
Seasons
Cultural Comparison
Limericks
Who Is That?
Where Is This?
The First Thanksgiving
Spinner Probability
Discovering the Area of Triangles
Historical Trivia
Matching Animals To Their Names
Pumpkin Puffs
Celsius versus Fahrenheit
The Great Wall of China
Discoverer of America?
Make Your Own Collage
Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink