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"Around the World in 180 Days"

Submitted by: I Love That Teaching Idea! Staff
From: SLC, Utah
Date Submitted: April 16, 2001

Kids in all grades love to create big books for the classroom library. Ask your local carpet retailer if they'd be willing to donate any of the plastic handles that hold carpet samples. The are about 30" in length, which is a perfect size to hold large pieces of poster board (the handle become the "binder" of the book). There are a few fun ways you could incorporate this "Around the World" theme into your big books.
1) As students leave on vacations throughout the year, ask them to create a poster (22" x 28") that tells about the highlights of their trip. The child can add any pictures, postcards, pressed flowers from the area, etc. to make his "page" that peers will want to read and see. When the student turns in his poster, simply add it to your ongoing class book!
2) Assign different countries to your students to research. Each student or cooperative group can create a poster about their new-found knowledge and share it through a class big book.


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