As the school year is fast approaching, I can't help but think how wonderful it would be if I had a "trunk" for each of the 9 integrated units I will be teaching next year. I could display the books to lure them in, and be fully prepared to infuse social studies content into parts of my workshop, instead of discovering a book that I want to use at the last minute, and then realizing it is on back order until the week after I complete the unit. We've all been there, right?
This leads me to my MONDAY MADE IT with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics!
In the creation of our first trunk, a template was provided for us. All in all, I was pleased with the template, and have reused some aspects of it. However, through my planning, I noticed a few things that I thought would be helpful for me. For example, a trunk of books is ALWAYS great, but will I remember how I used each book if I decide to use it again in the coming years? Why not add a document that not only lists the books for the unit, but leaves room for brief notes for instruction? What if I can't access my Google Drive or my Symbaloo for some reason? Wouldn't a list of videos and sites be helpful? Here's a biggie, what if I needed to explain or justify when and how I taught certain standards? Wouldn't it be great if the entire unit was in one collaborative document that explained, listed, and let's face it, completely spelled out everything that I did for the duration of each unit? Planning, sharing, updating, and REMEMBERING from year to year would be a breeze!
Thus the TEMPLATE was born! (Please forgive the blurry pic. I wanted to give you a visual, and I was working with screenshots. I hope you can get the idea.) You may download via pdf or word file. I uploaded both because I love cute fonts and I know you do too, but they don't always translate well in word, from computer to computer. Also, I wanted you to have the option to type directly into the template for yourself, so the pdf alone, wouldn't work. You may need to adjust the fonts on your computer if you choose to use the word file instead of the pdf. In fact, feel free to adjust this file to meet your own personal teaching style so that it is most useful to you. :) My ultimate goal is for these files to be constant works in progress. So that I make adjustments as I go, learn about new books, sites, etc.
I hope you can use this template. I have lots of book shopping, planning, and researching to do to get my last 8 units done.
Wish me luck! :)