Sunday, June 23, 2013

Mentor Text Linky 6.23.13

We are linking up with Collaboration Cuties for their Mentor Text Linky. This week the theme is Social Studies.  In first grade we teach Mapping Skills.  We use this book, As the Crow Flies, when we are introducing maps.  It shows the students that maps are created from a "birds eye view," which this book illustrates beautifully.  It is short and sweet and sure to capture your student's attention. 

Maps — they help you get where you want to go. People use road maps to find their way. These maps show miles of highways that point out the right direction. But what about the crow? What kind of map does he use? Or the eagle, the rabbit, the horse, and the sea gull? What's on their maps? A look at different geographical areas from the perspectives of an eagle, rabbit, crow, horse, and gull.

After this book, we have a matching activity where the students match pictures of objects that are from the "birds eye view" with pictures of the same objects from the "front view."  Something you can do very similar to this is to take pictures of objects in your classroom from a "birds eye view" and have the students guess what they are.  Here are some examples...

We hope you have a great Sunday! 


  1. I love teaching "bird's eye" views and have never seen this book, thanks!

  2. Oh, this is cute! I have never seen this book but I love the "birds-eye" view! I love that it compares different perspectives!

    Thanks for linking up!
    Collaboration Cuties

  3. Looks like a cute book! I've never seen it! I like other perspectives!
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  4. I love this link up and this is a great mentor text!

    1. We are big fans of this link up too; you can never have too many books...right?!?!