Monday, February 25, 2013

I'm Back & I've Been Booking Across the USA

You’ve probably wondered where I’ve been for so long now…I’ve been up to my eyeballs in projects and other “teacher” stuff, but today I get to share with you the biggest project I have been working on!

 I am a huge fan of children’s literature – I don’t know many teachers who aren’t - and I have been working with an amazing group of bloggers on the project Booking across the USA!

I am so excited to share this project with you…and use it in my classroom.  What a better way to share the United States with our kids than through literature!?  I am in LOVE!

At first I thought this was going to be an easy project, find a book that features a person or place in your state, and create a unit or activity about it. Ha – was I wrong!!  There are tons of great books about North Carolina and the people who live here. So I decided to choose a “theme” of sorts.  I chose the Wright Brothers because I believe that children learn social studies and science best by reading authentic literature – it is easier for them to connect the material with their own experiences & because there are a ton of great books at all reading levels about the Wright Brothers. 

The book I am featuring is the Newbery Medal Winner The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane.

These activities can be used with any book about the Wright Brothers. You can download these by clicking on the picture below.

The materials that I have for you are:
  • Ran (Reading & Analyzing Non-Fiction) Graphic Organizer
  • Comprehension Response - Poetry Activity
  • Be an Inventor Writing Assignment
  • Making Words Activity
  • Achievement Award

I loved this project so much that I created a whole literacy unit about the Wright Brothers that you can find at my TpT store.

Below are links to the other blogs participating in this great project! Please make sure to head over to their blogs read about their featured book and activities.

Alabama: Everyday Snapshots

Alaska: Little Wonders’ Days 

Arizona: Simply Kinder 

Arkansas: Homeschooling in Arkansas 

California: Juggling with Kids and The Outlaw Mom 

Colorado: Learners in Bloom and Living Montessori Now 

Connecticut: The Teacher Park 

Delaware: Mama Miss 

Florida: Teaching Stars 

Georgia: Fabulously First 

Hawaii: Teaching With Style 

Idaho: True Aim Education 

Illinois: Growing Book by Book

Indiana: Teach Preschool

Iowa: Surviving a Teacher's Salary 

Kansas: KCEdventures 

Kentucky: Chicken Babies 

Louisiana: New Orleans Moms Blog 

Maine: Maine Adventure Mom and Country Fun Child Care 

Maryland: Picture Books and Piourettes 

Massachusetts: Mama Smiles 

Michigan: Play DrMom 

Minnesota: The Wise Owl Factory 

Mississippi: Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk 

Missouri- Ready. Set. Read! 

Montana: The Honey Bunch 

Nebraska: The Good Long Road 

Nevada: Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

New Hampshire: Elementary Matters 

New Jersey: The Pleasantest Thing 

New Mexico: Enchanted Homeschooling Mom 

New York: What Do We Do All Day 

North Carolina: Realistic Teacher Blog  (Look Mom, it's me!!  Yes, my hand is waving wildly in the air!)

North Dakota: ND HealthWorks 

Ohio: Smart Chick Teacher’s Blog 

Oklahoma: Herding Kats in Kindergarten 

Oregon: Journey of a Substitute Teacher 

Pennsylvania: Land of Once Upon a Time

Rhode Island: Smiling in Second Grade 

South Carolina: Cookies and Kiddos and JDaniel4’s Mom 

South Dakota: The Wise Owl Factory 

Tennessee: No Monkey Business

Texas: Curls and a Smile and Kid World Citizen 

Utah: Teach Beside Me 

Vermont: Burlington Vt Moms Blog 

Virgina: Once Upon a Story, and The Freckled Homeschooler 

Washington: Home Learning Journey and Boy Mama Teacher Mama 

West Virginia: This Week @ Great Peace Academy and Mamas Like Me 

Wisconsin: Reading Confetti 

Wyoming: No Twiddle Twaddle 

USA: The Corner on Character

Oh – don’t go yet!  I forgot to share the two great giveaways that are being featured as a part of Booking across the USAGrowing Book by Book by Jodie (yes, she is the amazing creator of this project) is having to two amazing giveaways.  You can enter the first one – for a 3 month subscription to USA Little Passports from Little Passports -  on February 25th.  Her second giveaway is on February 26th for a United States Bingo Game from eeBo. Talk about adding some great materials to your social studies curriculum!  Make sure you head over to Jodie’s blog and enter those giveaways – today & tomorrow!

Hope you enjoy all of the great books and activities – make sure you share – pin, like, or just send a teacher friend “links” to all these great activities.



  1. With a budding interest in airplanes this book will fit in nicely. We've also been doing a little more learning about NC - Mooresville area as my daughter is now working/living there and the kids here wanted to know about where she was.

  2. What a great book to pick for your state. Love it! Thank you so much for participating in the Booking Across the USA project!

  3. Thank you for sharing this information on teachers. Where can I find information on some of the colorado teachers? My family and I will be moving there soon. Thank you for your help!

  4. This was a really cool idea and it looks like you put a lot of work into it. I think it is a very interactive way for kids to learn the USA.