|Book Cover of "Tickets to Ride: An Alphabetic Amusement"|
The first thing I found was the book pictured above, Tickets to Ride: An Alphabetic Amusement by Mark Rogalski. This is an alphabet book, but it also has lots of hidden treats in it. There's a highlighted animal and a concealed number in each illustration, and a surprise map at the end. This is to timely because I'm teaching about maps right now in social studies. I really enjoy showing the kids maps about things they care about, such as parks, zoos, and fairy tale maps. I think it's so much cooler than showing kindergartners maps of their state. I've tried doing state maps, and the kids just don't understand and don't care about what they're looking at; it's too abstract. I notice with picture maps they really get into them and even start asking each other really great geography questions.
There's a song by Jack Hartmann called "Roller Coaster Ride" that offers an opportunity for your children to role play going on a roller coaster ride. The song really tells you what to do, step by step, and the kids will catch on quickly because they've been on roller coasters before.
I made a brand-new amusement park writing folder with all of the rides and treats that the children could think of. I was extremely happy with the way it came out, and decided to bundle it in a Warm Weather Writing Package on TPT. Here are a few samples of what my kids did with the amusement park folder:
Finally, I thought it would be really motivating for the children to also have their own guided reading amusement park book. Here it is. I hope your students love it as much as mine.
Let me know if you like these ideas, and I'm also really interested to know what your children are writing about!