Do you travel from classroom to classroom teaching Braidy the StoryBraid lessons?
Canvas tote bags are very helpful! You can fit Braidy and all the accessories plus the books/activities needed for your lessons in the bag. One teacher used large plastic envelopes and put the book and activity for each class in separate envelopes. Everything fits nicely into the bag.
Below are two of my “Braidy Bags”…
The bag shown at the right was made by my kindergarten students. Each child had a part in the “creation” of this bag using his/her thumbprint and paint as part of the design.
Students often stopped me as I walked in the hallways from class to class and asked questions. If I was carrying my bag when I entered the classroom, students knew right away that it was a “Braidy Day.”
Once, after having left the setting icon on the chalk tray, I met a kindergarten student in the hall the next day as I traveled with Braidy. I was asked, “Does Braidy have his setting (today)?” I replied that he did and the student asked, “Where is he going to be today?”
The students enjoyed seeing Braidy coming and using the vocabulary words that were a part of our lesson. This builds literate oral language that is the foundation for academic vocabulary.
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