Sunday, August 10, 2014

Swap, Share,'s back!


That's right folks!

It's back bigger and better than ever!
Some friends and I have come together once again for a little swap, share and give linky!

So, what does that meant?

Swap - Each of us have paired up and swapped a product.
Share - We try out the product and share it with all of you to let you know how it works and what we thought of it.
Give - This is the BEST part! We have a little give away that gives you the opportunity to win this awesome product! The link to that giveaway is at the end of the post so stay with me!

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to try out the wonderful Rhonda's (over at Classroom Fun) brand new unit Reading Response Activities for Corduroy.

Do you remember Corduroy?!?
In the '90s, there used to be a television show here in Australia called The Book Place. For those who are following me, this might bring back some memories:
Anyway, I remember being a little girl and this book being read on this show and just being lost in my imagination while they read each page and showed each illustration.

When Rhonda let me look at this unit I was beyond excited! It brought back some sweet memories :)

There is SO much to do in this unit so I just picked out one activity to share with you for today.

We read the book as a class (needless to say, the children ADORED it) and we did this little reading response in Rhonda's unit where the children had to write/draw about something they would save in their piggy banks for. They also had to write or draw what job/chore they would do to help save the money.
This little one wanted a Smiggles pen and would clean their room.

This one would save for a kitten and would tidy their room.

This sweet one wants an iPhone and would clean the bathroom benches.
The cutest part about this reading response is that she's included a template so the children can create their very OWN Corduroy to put next to their writing on a display board.

Seriously, how CUTE are they?! I had many comments from teacher buddies about these.
Now, the first book doesn't mention dear little Corduroy's pocket. Sadly, I didn't have the second book "A pocket for Corduroy" available...but never fear!!!

YouTube to the rescue!!!
I found this cute reading of the book and put it on the Promethean board. The class LOVED IT and couldn't wait to add their pockets and name tags to Corduroy (so he wouldn't get lost, hehehe).

We had so much fun with just ONE of the activities in this packet so I can't wait to go back and use the others.

Another thing that I LOVED about this activity is that Rhonda includes clear instructions WITH photographs on how to construct Corduroy. You can't go wrong! Our class is learning about procedures at the moment so I just put that page of the document up on the Promethean and they had to make sure they followed it correctly. It was a great teaching and learning opportunity!

Read more about her packet here.

It's actually Book Week this week at our school. I'm being ambitious and doing George's Marvellous Medicine but I like to have a little something to give my kids to help celebrate reading. A couple of years ago I put these giant 'medals' together.

Please click on any image and download a copy for yourself to celebrate reading with your class!

If you would like the chance to win Rhonda's amazing packet, make sure you enter the Rafflecopter below.
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Make sure you visit Books, Bugs & Boxes to see all of the other amazing link ups!


  1. Oh My goodness!! Those bears are beyond super cute! I am definitely passing this on to my teacher buddies in Prep, they will love this!

    Mrs Poultney's Ponderings

  2. Thanks for the great post, Shanyn. It warms heart seeing my work being done by others and knowing it works!


  3. Very cute little Corduroys!! That freebie is just in time for my school's Book Week which is next week.

    Luck's Little Learners

  4. Oh my goodness - how precious are the Corduroy bears?!

    Miss Galvin Learns

  5. I had forgotten about The Book Place! I used to love that show. I have never read Corduroy- will have to now just to be able to make the bear craft, they are so cute!
    Books, Bugs and Boxes

  6. Corduroy brings back so many many memories. These bears are so cute
    Paula from Paula’s Place and iSURF Maths

  7. This pack looks great and as everyone else has said....those bears are just too cute :-) Thanks for sharing another great teaching resource.


  8. Awww going into the wish list! Super cute

  9. I've been gathering ideas to use with books for Book Week coming up - this will be perfect! Those little Corduroys are super cute!

    Love, Laughter and Learning in Prep!