Saturday, February 18, 2012

A Make And Take Explorer Study Guide

I've gotten so many amazing resources from my blogger contacts out there. Now it is my turn to share one with you. I know many of my Virginia friends are or will be working on a European Explorer Unit. I wanted to share a great idea I got from a class I took a few years back. In it we worked on creating different types of study guides or lap books. Here is an example of one using pockets and cards. Here is the front cover glued to a simple folder

Inside we glued down four pockets. These pockets are made from legal sized envelopes cut in half and glued down. We glued the pictures of the four explorers we study in Virginia. As we learned about each explorer, we wrote down essential information on four cards which are then stored in their pockets.


We glued down a map that we use to show where they came from and where they went. Students are given a wikki stick that they use to match the four routes. They can do this again and again as they study the information. You could give them a pipe cleaner too, it would work just as well.





Here are the close ups of the cards. We include the most important points of each explorer.
The cards make it an interactive study guide because to study the students mix up all the cards in one big pile and then practice sorting them into the right pockets. We mark it with the explorers initials on the back of the card so students can self check at home when they study.



Glued to the back is the song sheet that includes songs for all four explorers. The songs also contain the important information that students need to know. One of my students was saying that the song was stuck in their head.....exactly what I wanted!





Those who know me know I love thinking maps. Here is one my kids made for a reference poster. It is a bridge map of the four explorers. The relating factors include where they came from and where they explored.



Here the kids took their cards out of their study guide and used them to play a version of Go Fish. The first student to collect all four cards from one explorer was the winner.








I could see how this type of study guide could be used for many other topics too. How about Famous Americans or Indians? Please comment if you are going to try it out! I love to hear your ideas on making it work for you!

Check out my TPT page to get a copy of this file on European Explorers!European Explorers: A Make and Take Study Guide




http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/European-Explorers-A-Make-and-Take-Study-Guide-913509




















44 comments:

  1. Great ideas! I am going to have to add that into my unit on Exploration for next year.

    ~Stephanie
    Teaching in Room 6

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  2. I am currently teaching a simple machines/force unit. I think this might be a great way for students to collect information! Thanks for sharing

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  3. Hi! I love your ideas. I will try them out next year. I would love to see more of your little foldable idea. I have a smartnotebook made up with songs and activities for the explorers if you would like for me to send it to you let me know!

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  4. Great idea..where did you find the templates for this explorers idea

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  5. Yay, I'm glad you will be trying this one out. I made the templates for the explorers shown here and the map is from a social studies book. If you would would like just comment with your email link and I'll shoot it out to you.

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  6. I would love to have the templates.. this is such a challenging topic for some kids. Thanks for sharing
    pearsonsm@staffordschools.net

    Love it

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  7. I would love the templetes as well. I am getting ready to dive into my Explorer Unit.. I'm liking your idea here.

    lwaibel@central51.net

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  8. I would love these templates too. I am always looking for an alternative to worksheets and the connection to thinking maps is genius.

    Thanks, Julie

    julie_cutter@hotmail.com

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  9. I teach a social studies methods course at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Would you be ok with me showing the students your work? My email address is collinus.hutt@colorado.edu.

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  10. Thanks for your comments. I've tried to email the documents for the Explorer Guide but some of your email addresses didn't take. If you asked but didn't get the files, email me directly and then I'll reply with them. My email is youngdor8@gmail.com

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  11. I would love the templates. I just learned I am teaching 3rd grade next year ( I currently teach 2nd) and I am looking for cool resources.
    kreed@harrisonburg.k12.va.us

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  12. This is a wonderful idea. I would love the templates. We are getting ready learn about Explores. Thanks for sharing.

    Anissa Jones
    anjones@kingslocal.net

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  13. I would also love the templates! My students really struggled with explorers and I think this would be a great visual for them hopefully to "get it". Thanks so much!

    Diana
    littledee5@gmail.com

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  14. I would love to have copies. My kids have had a hard time with Explorers this year.

    Thanks, Colleen

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  15. I would love to have the copies! I love your stuff!
    heatherrfranks@gmail.com

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  16. I would love to have the templates for the Explorer Unit.

    mlhannings@yahoo.com

    Thanks so Much!

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  17. My third grade team would love a copy of this activity. You can email me and I will distribute it among my team. msnellgrove@responsiveed.com

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  18. I would love the templates too, please?!??!?! jcfoundationsdirector@hotmail.com
    Lori

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  19. TEMPLATES PLEASE? I LOVE THIS IDEA!
    pejones@vbschools.com

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  20. I'd love the templates as well! Thanks for the awesome idea :).

    Email: hcrappell@stmary.k12.la.us

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  21. Hi, I'm a teacher in Australia and would also l a copy of the templates if possible please. erinbrundell@live.com

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  22. I would love to have the templates!

    amber.churcher@hcbe.net and aad1121@hotmail.com

    One is my school account and I worried it wouldn't deliver. Thanks so much!

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  23. Could you send me the templates that you used? This is awesome and would work perfectly for the unit I have to do for my student teaching!!!
    ktmarief@uga.edu

    Thank you!!
    Katelyn

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  24. This is great and would be perfect for my students! I would love to have the templates! My email is emmons.jeanne@gmail.com

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  25. I am student teaching in a third grade class now and LOVE this idea! I would love to have the templates!! Conkwrcl@dukes.jmu.edu

    Thank you!

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  26. Where can I get the templates? I searched TPT but did not find them.

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  27. I would love these templates! Thank you!

    slair@pcsstn.com

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  28. I would love to your templates! They are wonderful! Thank you!
    haines.kim@gmail.com

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  29. I would love to have your templates! They are really great and would be so good for my unit on explorers next week. Thank you!

    hhelbert@russell.k12.va.us OR hhelbert2009@hotmail.com

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  30. I would love to have these templates. Explorers are hard for my kids and I think this would work so well. Thank you!

    chaneyflahive@gmail.com

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  31. Would you mind emailing me the template, too? I would LOVE to use it! THANKS!

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  32. Oh, my email address is wolfeks@spart6.org. THANKS!!!!!

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  33. Where did you get the grid map that you glued into the folder? Thank you!

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  34. Do you have any templates available?

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  35. I would LOVE a template! ajohnson@sjnok.org

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  36. This looks great! Could I please get a template? Thanks so much!!

    rjoann_08@yahoo.com

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  37. I love your idea and am looking for something different.
    Thanks!
    mnester@rcs.k12.va.us

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  38. Could I get the templates? I am about to start and explorer unit. I looked on TPT, but didn't see it.
    Thanks,
    casknight@msn.com

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  39. What a fabulous idea! I would love a copy for the children I work with if you could please send! Thanks so much for sharing! sorceress6@hotmail.com

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  40. I would love to have a copy of your templates also. Thanks! cdebes@lincolncsd.com

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  41. I would love the templates as well. I was also wondering about the map. Thanks for a fantastic resource that can be adapted for many uses.
    jkmatuch@aol.com

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  42. I would love the templates as well. I am getting ready to dive into my Explorer Unit.. My email is tomicacrosby@aol.com

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  43. I would love to have a copy of these templates. I am teaching 3rd grade for the first time this year. My email is evinsde@pwcs.edu. If you could email me the templates I would be forever grateful.
    Diana

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  44. Great ideas! We are currently doing a research project on all the famous Americans we have to know by third grade. They have to dress a paper doll like their person aloud with a written report. These cards would be a great way to get all students to learn!

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