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    Bare Books
    By JKB

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    We've used bare books for a few years now. In the beginning, I selected a theme and each child chose something related to it. For example, one year I chose BIRDS and had each child select a different bird to research. Another year, I did endangered animals, and again, each child did a different animal. I recall one was a Presidential Election year, and I assigned each child a President.

    A few years ago, when our Social Studies curriculum was updated, it became the responsibility of third grade teachers to teach US Regions. As a result, I have been using my bare books each year for their Region books. I divide the class into 5 regional groups, and each group has to do research together about their region. This is the first half of their books. For the second half, each child selects one state from their region and they do reports about that state. At the end of the project, we do a National Food Festival. Each family brings in a potluck dish that is common or popular to that region/state. The children make projects and display them. We also do a program. The children sing "50 Nifty United States", as well as other American Patriotic Songs. Then, each group gets up, by region. Each child in the region goes up to the microphone and says something like....."Hi, my name is....... and my state is ........., which is part of the ...... region. Did you know....."

    I've always done informational topics, requiring the children to do research. This is not a "quick" project! It takes several weeks to do it!

    Hope this gives you some ideas......JKB :s)

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