Love this linky, especially the 4th Sunday of the month! Why? Today is the day to link up with Social Studies texts. This is my favorite subject to teach.
At the beginning of the year, we focus on map skills and geography. My favorite book to use is The Armadillo from Amarillo by Lynne Cherry.
An Armadillo from Amarillo wondered,
"Where in the world am I?
What's out beyond these tangled woods,
What's out beyond the sky?"
This Dr. Seuss-like phrase begins the armadillo's journey to discover his place in the world. As you travel with him, he writes postcards back to his cousin, Brillo at the Philadelphia Zoo. With the help of a golden eagle, he finds out that he lives in a city, in a state, in a country, on a continent, and on a planet.
Lots of opportunities to teach geography and science (Texas flora and fauna) with this book! The activity I usually use after reading this book is to create a mobile of where the student is located starting with their city, state, country, continent, and planet.