Sunday, September 22, 2013

Must Read Mentor Text: Roxaboxen

Linking up with the cutie patooties Amanda & Stacia for their Must Read Mentor Text! This week we're sharing social studies must reads.
If you follow my blog, you know our county uses Social Studies Weekly for our social studies curriculum.
This week we focused on government and its functions. A great book to incorporate with government is Roxaboxen.
It's about a group of real life friends who created their own imaginary town with its own government.  They made their town on a hill in Arizona complete with stones, homes, their own money, ice cream parlors, and even a mayor.

Governing simply means to control the actions or behavior of something or someone. Whenever you control your own actions and behavior in a way that makes life livable for yourself and the people around you, you're governing yourself.
It was perfect to tie in our class rules they had created from the first week of school. My students created a list of rules and voted on the ones they thought would be best for our class. They had been "governing" our classroom all this time and didn't realize it-perfect real life example.

Roxaboxen is a great extension when talking about government and students can relate because they've all made up imaginary "places".
The beautiful illustrations are an added feature by Barbara Cooney. This picture book sparks creativity and imagination! I bet this story will lead some children to make their own towns in their neighborhoods!
Go check out all the other wonderful mentor texts at Collaboration Cuties!


  1. This book looks wonderful. I've seen it before but I've never read it. Looks like I am going to need to grab a copy before I teach government to my kiddos!

  2. Just put a request in at the library for this book - thanks for the great book suggestion. I think it will fit in great with our unit as we move from the physical landforms to the political organizations that make up our province/country. Thanks!

  3. I have never heard of this book, so thank you for sharing. It looks wonderful! I love Barbara Cooney's illustrations. Thanks so much for sharing...


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