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!)  😛