TPT Product Updates... Are You Getting Yours? ...and Social Studies Mentor Text! - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

TPT Product Updates... Are You Getting Yours? ...and Social Studies Mentor Text!

Good morning!!

Did you know... when sellers update products on TPT and they want to notify their buyers, it shows on your Purchases page? All this time I've thought maybe the things I've bought haven't been updated because I've never gotten an inbox message about it... until last week when I was looking for one of my purchases and noticed under the product, these words flashing: "Newly Revised Re-Download." 

I say all this to make sure you check your purchases periodically! Any updates are free after you've bought them, and several sellers will add to their units, or correct typos, etc. I have just UPDATED my Place Value unit with a new Place Value Scoot game- so go re-download the unit if you've already purchased it! I've also updated some of my Mentor Text Units over the last month or so. :o)

Speaking of Mentor Texts, I'm linking up with Collaboration Cuties to share one of my favorite Social Studies Mentor Texts with you!
This linky has been dangerous to my checking account. Here is my most recent (in other words, not my first...) Amazon order which arrived yesterday!
Can't wait to use these this year!!!!

But now for this week's Social Studies text from yours truly...I see Amanda and I are both thinking already about the beginning of the year, because Native Americans is our first unit! Be sure to check out her post about Totem Tale- it looks so cute!!
I first found The Rough-Face Girl when I taught my fairy tales unit in 3rd grade. I compared many different versions of Cinderella, and this story is actually the Native American version of it! The illustrations are beautiful, too.

The Rough-Face Girl got her name because she has to tend to the fire, and sitting close to the sparks has scarred her skin. The "Prince" in the story is an Invisible Being. All of the women in the village are trying to win his affections. They must prove that they have seen him, but no one can, including The Rough-Face Girl's two cruel sisters. If you know the story of Cinderella, you know where this story is going! :o)

We discuss the Native American culture found throughout the book, but we also compare it to Cinderella. We discuss and write/respond about the differences and similarities of the two. (And yes, I have to read an original story of Cinderella because some HAVEN'T HEARD IT! It makes me so sad!)

We also write our own variation of a fairy tale. They can use Cinderella, or any fairy tale they know. This year, I'd like to encourage them to write it as a Native American folktale because of our study, but in the past, I've left that open. Grab the brainstorm page I use below!
Click to download the freebie!

Make sure to check out all the other awesome books everyone is linking up! (If you dare..... it's dangerous, I tell you!)  :-P


  1. Thanks for the info, Jessica! This WHOLE time I thought when you checked the box "let you sellers know" that there was an email that was blasted out! That would make way more sense! Oh well - now I know! Hope you're having a great weekend!

    Lucky to Be in First

  2. I just got my copy of The Raft in last week. Thankfully I already have Rough -Faced Girl! It is such a great book. It is so sad how some kiddos don't know the Cinderella story. I always need to read it to my class when we compare different versions as well. (I use Sootface as well.)
    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  3. Ooohhh I LOVE The Raft! And I will have to check out Rough Face girl and Look to the Stars... I teach both Native Americans and Solar System :) Thanks for the recommendations!!

    Angela :)
    Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!

  4. This social studies one IS expensive! Maybe I just need to do a Donor's Choose! ;)

    Fifth in the Middle

  5. Thanks for the reminder about TpT updates. I wish there WAS an e-mail sent out to purchasers. :(

    Mrs. Beattie's Classroom

  6. I always thought when you clicked notify buyers they got an email too! We should all probably post about this late breaking news! You're so smart! I LOVE Rough Face Girl-such a touching story about inner beauty! I used this for a mentor text too (language arts I think) a while back. A definite must have for your classroom library!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

    1. That's what I thought too. I always check the "notify seller" when I make update (or correct typos... be honest)

      Digital: Divide & Conquer

  7. Nice! I see Buzz in your picture and it made my day! Thanks for the's perfect! :)
    Creating Lifelong Learners

  8. I love the fairy tale idea. I used to do that with little red riding hood. But I love your idea of Cinderella!! Thanks for the freebie!!


  9. I know we have this book in our school library and I am teaching fairy tales next year so I will be using this one for sure. Thanks so much for the freebie!

  10. I always thought there was an email sent out too when you checked the little box "notify buyers of revised product". Thank you so much for the tip! I need to go back and check purchases. Love your new additions to your library. I will be adding to my amazon cart soon after sifting back through my pins:)
    Fourth Grade Flipper
    Can you tell me if I am a "no reply blogger"? I have fixed it twice but it has a tendency to go back. Not sure why. Thanks:)

  11. I love this book! I am definitely using it next year! This linky is expensive for sure. Or maybe that's my problem because I want ALL of the books...I have problems! (but you knew that!)

    Love ya,
    Collaboration Cuties

  12. I did discover that flashing notification awhile back, but am still surprised they do not send out an email for that. We don't cover Native Americans in 2nd grade...but we do compare/contrast versions of different folk/fairy tales in ELA, so I will add this to my list to check out because it is something different!

    Literacy Spark

  13. I want to read all the books you got from Amazon. They look great!
    ~April Walker
    The Idea Backpack


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