Instagram, Giveaway, and SS Mentor Texts

Well, time to hop on the Instagram bandwagon. I've had the app on my phone for a while not, but I've never used it. I just didn't see the point when I could do essentially the same thing on Facebook. Now with this {new linky} starting on Tuesday, I feel that this is something that I can get behind. As of right now, I have no pictures to share. But I will. My username is Fifth in the Middle. I know. Big shocker.
I am helping out Jessica with her giveaway at I {heart} Recess. This is a great giveaway because everyone will "win." No Rafflecopter, no following requirements, just leave your email and you'll get a copy of everything that has been donated. However, it's only TODAY!

I am also linking up for the social studies mentor text linky. I'm glad that there is something socials studies related, since that's the majority of what I teach!
I actually won (or bought, I don't remember) a unit to go with Encounter from the Collaboration Cuties :)
Here's what Amazon has to say about it:
"When Christopher Columbus landed on the island of San Salvador in 1492, what he discovered were the Taino Indians. Told from a young Taino boy’s point of view, this is a story of how the boy tried to warn his people against welcoming the strangers, who seemed more interested in golden ornaments than friendship. Years later the boy, now an old man, looks back at the destruction of his people and their culture by the colonizers."

Before I read it to the kids, I showed them each illustration and had them write down any predictions about what was going on in the picture. The illustrations are really great. Then we read it through as a class and talked about it along the way. We had some wonderful discussions about point of view and what we previously learned about Christopher Columbus. After reading it, we did a few of the pages in the Collaboration Cuties' packet about figurative language.

Go link up with any or all of these great linkies!


  1. I will email you the file I am donating tomorrow. Left my flash drive at school... sorry!

  2. This book looks great! Thanks for sharing!


  3. Yay! I loooooove this book!! I hope the unit was helpful! Thanks so much for linking up!!!

    Collaboration Cuties

  4. This is a must read for Columbus Day. I love the perspective of the Taino boy. The kids are always amazed that David Shannon is the illustrator!
    Beach Sand and Lesson Plans

  5. I am your second Instagram follower! :o) Yay! Looking forward to everyone's new pictures on Tuesday!


  6. I have never heard of this book...I am going to have to check it out! I am a new follower and a new blogger! Thanks for all of your ideas!

    Rosie's Rambles

  7. I used this book with the Encounter pack from Collaboration Cuties this year too! It was amazing!! The figurative language was quite challenging for my 4th graders and it led to great discussions! Definitely using again next year:)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  8. Hi! I found you on the What the Teacher Wants linky and I'm your newest follower :) I'm at if you want to see my feed.


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