Survival Part 2

I wrote about the first part of my survival plan for the end of the year on Tuesday.  The other half of my plan involves this main idea project:

And, I wrote about it here.   You can read the full run down on the original post, but here's the condensed version:

Day 1: I shared my main idea bag with the kids.  They planned their bags.

Day 2: The kids "built" their bags.  They brought some things in from home, drew pictures, made things out of construction paper, and printed pictures off the Internet (love Kid Rex!)

Day 3: They practiced in their groups.

Day 4: They presented their lesson to second graders.  The second graders rotated through the groups.  They loved it, and my kiddos were invested in this lesson because they had a real purpose.

I am a bad blogger and didn't take new pictures this year.  They're are four days left, and I'm pooped!  I have to say, the kids loved these two activities.  They're fun, educational, and gives me an opportunity to make a dent in that mountain of end of the year paperwork.  How is that not a win?

Happy surviving!


  1. I love it- I read the original post and think it's amazing. I am definitely going to try it next year to re-introduce main idea and detail!

    Everyone deServes to Learn

  2. Megan,
    How fun for your kids! Projects/activities like this make learning more meaningful. Thanks for sharing.
    The Picture Book Teacher's Edition

  3. This is very cool! Best of luck with your end of the year prep...happy almost summer to you! :)

  4. I love this activity! Thanks for sharing! I am having a “Tour My Blog” linky party...stop by and link up! It is a great way for bloggers and their viewers to learn about your blog! I would love for you to join me!

    Bits of First Grade