Each year in the fall we learn the "Planet Earth" song at group time. We sing it using the necklaces I made and holding the puzzle pieces from our puzzle maps. CLICK HERE for a post that describes the song and necklaces in detail.
In the past I have always put out little "Where I Live" booklets for the children to color as an extension of our group activity and song. CLICK HERE to read about how I did this in the past.
I was never completely satisfied with the booklets I had put out because they were basically little coloring books and did not require the children to do anything more than color them. This year I changed it up a little bit. I made new masters of my booklet pages, taking off the pictures and just leaving the text. Then I made a little cut and paste paper using the pictures. Now the children have to cut apart the pictures and glue them to the correct pages. I took apart my master booklet and mounted the pages to the back of the shelf for control cards. My set-up is shown in the photo below: (L to R on top of the shelf): A basket with "Where I Live" booklets, a tray with the cutting pictures, a jar with pencils for writing names on the booklets, a basket with 2 pair of scissors, 2 gluesticks and 2 gluing mats. You can see the control cards stuck to the shelf.
Close-up of the first two control cards..........
Close-up of the booklets and tray of cut-apart pictures.........
I did not snap a picture of the inside of the booklets, but basically they are identical to the control cards shown except they are black and white and have text only, no pictures.
My students have really done a great job completing these independently. I hope they are taking them home and singing the song to their families as they "read" the booklets.