Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Where's Brutus?

In this busy time of year, my favorite principal called this the "home stretch" until state testing in May.  With teaching fifth grade, I have to admit we don't do many cut/paste activities any more.  I used to do more of those types of activities but in the age of pressure for state testing I am sad to say I have let go of those activities. But there is one activity I did not get rid of... Where's Brutus? For those of you who might not know who Brutus is? He is THE OHIO State's mascot.

I introduce prepositions every year with reading the picture book, Where's Spot? The students look at me like I have gone crazy, and they don't have a clue why I am choosing this book to read aloud after lunch. As we discuss the sentence structure, they notice the use of prepositions to hide Spot. It is a great mentor text for my students to then write their own page of our class book, Where's Brutus. They not only write their sentence but most of the fun comes from being their own illustrator and creator for our fun flip book.  Here are some examples from this year's book.

Can you guess which rock Brutus is hiding under?

Look at the amazing art work in the bakery-wow!

Here is Brutus hiding in the dressing room at Hollister.


  1. Brutus in the dressing room at Hollister in Tuttle Mall=HILARIOUS!

    What a great activity for reinforcing PREPOSITIONS!


  2. This made me laugh...and now I need to do this in my classroom as well!

  3. Mary Lee,. I agree CUT and PASTE are still a huge part of 2012 classrooms-I am not going to lose it.

    Tara, the fact you're in NJ and we're connecting through blogging is just amazing!

  4. And they will always remember this activity! Amazing what glue, scissors, and a man with a buckeye nut on his head can accomplish! I would title mine...Where's my diet coke???? :) I am working on conjunctions and comma usage...hmmmm...how could I merge your idea with my goal? Thanks for sharing!