Sunday, June 30, 2013

We're Off to See the Wizard

When school starts back in August... we will be following the frameworks set by the state.  Our main read aloud novel will be the Wizard of Oz for the first 9 weeks.  I am getting pretty pumped and I've already started preparing!!!  Here's what I have started already...
I ordered my red glitter Toms... and I think the kidlets are going to FLIP!  That being said... did you know that in the novel... the shoes are actually SILVER!?!?!  They chose red for the movie because it showed up better on the big screen!  Yeah, I'm gonna need another set of Toms now! I need to be ready, right?
I bought the Oz  pack from Melonheadz (clip art crush!).  I projected it & traced onto posterboard!  I have 6 done now... all colored & ready!   SO stinkin' cute!!!  I also printed some on transfer paper & going to make shirts with  different characters!

When the OZ movie was being released a few months ago, I picked up a stuffed Toto at Books a Million.  I am also planning on ordering a witches hat from Amazon/Ebay.
I made my Oz pack especially for my firsties... and I can't wait to use all the components when school starts back.... it is full of yummy goodness!

I also made a graphtivity where the kids vote on their favorite character... graph the class results, answer questions about the data, and can make themselves into the characters from the novel!  This is going to make an adorable bulletin board... just sayin'.

My last step is to sit down, read chapter by chapter... come up with comprehension questions to make a book companion.  I am on chapter 7... at least it's a start!  This product will be geared towards the older kidlets... but I am really glad I am taking the time to read it now... it's neat to see the ways that the novel is different from the movie so far!
Have you ever done Wizard of Oz with you class?  What types of activities or fun things did you try?  I would LOVE to hear your ideas... or if you'd leave a blog post if you've written about it!  Hope y'all had a great weekend!


  1. Love those red shoes! Your kiddos are going to love the story with the energy and enthusiasm you will bring with it.

    Shepherd's Shining Stars

  2. I read the Pop Up book with my k class this year. I would suggest a vocabulary list of terms. Rachelle from What the Teacher Wants has a great post about color references. I loved teaching this. So, did my kids.

  3. This looks fabulously fun. I teach first in Kansas, maybe I should do it also?

    Mrs. Bartel’s School Family

  4. I should send you my Wizard of OZ room decor...let me know if you want it :)

    Journey Of A Substitute Teacher

  5. I have read the original book every year for 28 years. I love it. We don't do anything but discuss and give evidence. We do make personal maps according to what we read. The students love the book more than the movie.