Mentor Text Madness--Day 2

Today's Mentor Text is Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney.

Me on the Map is a great first week read aloud.  I like the book for many reasons.  It lends itself perfectly to a social studies unit on geography and it can be used to introduce science unit on habitats.  I like it for writing because it can open up many possibilities.  For those not familiar with the book, this is an excerpt to give you an idea:
          This is me.
          This is me in my room.
          This is a map of my room.
         This is me on the map of my room.

         This is my house.
        This is a map of my house.
        This is a map of my street....
The story continues all the way to This is my country on a map of the world. 
I like the story for writing because of the following features and potential lessons:
  • Use of text features.  Labeling, diagrams, and maps.
  • Repeating text.
  • Circular story.
  • Simple transitions.
This is a simple activity to get started:

Jenn over at Finally in First has an adorable activity that also goes with this book.
Jessica Meacham has an amazing unit with other activities.  (Scroll down the page).


Jan said...

Thanks for sharing this great activity:-)

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