Reference Materials... A FREEBIE!

I've been knee-deep in creating some reference material resources lately, so I decided to create some items to share with my blog followers!

If you've read my blog for a while, you know that I'm an anchor chart fanatic, so of course I couldn't pass up the opportunity to create a Reference Materials anchor chart!

This anchor chart is set up the same as the graphic organizer that's included in my free craftivity.

I envision doing the craftivity as a culminating project to conclude a study of reference materials. Each student chooses his or her own topic. After students choose a topic that interests them, they consider how they might use each type of reference book to research for a project, and/or write a report about their chosen topic. They jot down their ideas on the brainstorming paper. The photo below shows some completed papers.

When students finish brainstorming, they color and cut out the reference material images. They also write their chosen topic on their title box, and cut that out, as well.
Reference Materials Craftivity... FREE! Students explain how they would use a dictionary, thesaursus, atlas, almanac, and encyclopedia to research for/write a report on the topic of their choice!Reference Materials Craftivity... FREE! Students explain how they would use a dictionary, thesaursus, atlas, almanac, and encyclopedia to research for/write a report on the topic of their choice!

Finally, each student assembles his or her craftivity on a sheet of construction paper. 
Reference Materials Craftivity... FREE! Students explain how they would use a dictionary, thesaursus, atlas, almanac, and encyclopedia to research for/write a report on the topic of their choice!
Click on this image to download this free craftivity!
When students glue their books onto their sheet of construction paper, they only draw a light line of glue along the spine of the book. Then, when they place it on the construction paper, it creates a flap. After allowing the glue to dry for a few minutes, students gently pull back the flap and write a complete sentence on the construction paper explaining how they would use each individual reference book to research for a project or write a report on the topic listed in the title box!
Reference Materials Craftivity... FREE! Students explain how they would use a dictionary, thesaursus, atlas, almanac, and encyclopedia to research for/write a report on the topic of their choice!

My favorite thing about this particular craftivity is that each student creates a completely unique project in the end! Therefore, I think they could be used to create a great bulletin board or hallway display!

As I mentioned earlier, I envision this being a culminating project for the end of a reference materials study. If you are interested in checking out any of the other materials I created to introduce reference materials to my students, just click on the images below!
Reference Materials PowerPoint- 112-slide PowerPoint that covers the dictionary (along with guide words), thesaurus, encyclopedia, atlas, and almanac.
This 112- slide PowerPoint has enough material to last 2-3 class periods!
Reference Materials Task Cards! These 24 task cards cover the dictionary (along with guide words), thesaurus, encyclopedia, atlas, and almanac.

Dictionary and Thesaurus Worksheets! Includes guide words, pronunciation keys, and use entries from both reference books correctly.