PoetryGood Sports By Jack Prelutsky & Sea Stars By Avis Harley
Through his poetry,Prelutsky celebrateswinning and losing,playing well and notpaying well, andenjoying a sportwhether you are goodat it or not.Grade Level: 1-3
Classroom ActivityThis books gives the teacher achance to teach students aboutaction words (verbs). A fun activitycould be to as reading the bookthe students can act out the actionwords. Also, for a take homeassignment would be for studentsto pick their favorite action wordand draw it and bring it in the nextday and share it to the class. Forthe older or more advancedstudents their take homeassignment could be to write theirown action words poem.
This book is a collection of poems about sea animals. It * Non-Fiction includes a wide range of animals, from the well-known sea ISBN#: 1590784294 otters and beluga whales, to the less familiar sea cucumber and pipefish. Each poem has a corresponding picture, and there is a "looking deeper" section at the end of the book which gives more details about each animal.Harley, A. (2006). Sea Stars. NewYour, NY: Wordsong.
Classroom ActivitySince this book is a middle school grade level a more independentassignment would be better. I would ask students to pick their favorite animalfrom the poems and ask them to further research that animal and make asmall presentation to present to the class so the whole class can learn aboutthe different animals.
Traditional Literature Epossumondas by Coleen Salley & Ella Enchanted by Gail Levine
ISBN#: 0152167486 Grade Level: k-2 Epossumondas is a possum who takes everything his mother says way to literally, but is still his mother loveable, silly and fun possum.Salley, C. (2002). Epossumondas.Austin, TX: Harcourt, INC.
Classroom ActivityBefore I read the book to the class I would only show them the pictures and after they see all the pictures I would ask them try to make a guess of what they think the story is about. I will record their guesses on a poster and then the next day we would read the book aloud and then compare and contrast their predictions to what actually happened in the book.
At birth, Ella is inadvertently cursed by an imprudent fairy Grade Level: 5-8named Lucinda, who bestows on her the "gift" ofobedience. Anything anyone tells her to do, Ella must obey.Another girl might have been angry or sad by thisaffliction, but not Ella.When her mother dies, leaving her inthe care of her father, and later, a loathsome stepmotherand two horrible stepsisters, Ellas life and well-beingseems to be condemned forever. But her intelligence andsaucy nature keep her in good stead as she sets out on aquest for freedom and self-discovery, trying to track downLucinda to undo the curse, fending off ogres, befriendingelves, and falling in love with a prince along the way. All theelements of Cinderella are included, most importantly thehappy ending.Levine, G. C. (1998). Ella Enchanted.New York, NY: HarperCollins PublisherINC.
Classroom ActivityElla’s curse is that of obedience. Formy classroom activity I would makeone student the “teller” and anotherone the “doer”. The teller would be incharge of telling the “doer” to dothings (jump, walk, pick up apencil…ext) and the “doer” mustobey, like Ella in the story. Everyonewould get a chance play both partsand then I would ask them to write asummary of which role they likedplaying the best and how each rolemade them feel and how the think itmade Ella feel having to obeyeverything someone told her to do.
Multicultural Literature Carver By Marilyn Nelson & Suki’s Kimono by Cherri Ueqaki
ISBN#: 0439443393Nelson tells the story of GeorgeWashington Carvers life through aseries of poems that act likesnapshots in a photo album. Shebegins with a poem about Carverand his mother being stolen fromtheir owner when they were slaves.John Bentley is sent after them butcan only find baby George who hereturns to the Carvers who raise himwith his brother Jim. The poems goon to tell of Carvers search foreducation, his resourcefulness, andhis spirituality. *Poetry *BiographyNelson, M. (2002). Carver: A Life in African-American CulturePoems. Ashville, NC: Scholastic INC. Grade Level: 7-8
C Classroom ActivityThis book of poems goes through the life of George Carver’s life fromwhen he was very young to much older. This allows for students to maketext-to-self connections. First, I would ask the students to list all theconnections they felt with this book and then the would narrow their list tothree connections and then, finally, write any type of poem they wouldlike. I will ask them to take this assignment home and share with theirparents what connection they made and ask if their parents had any inputabout that connection because partens could give the student a differentpoint of view and think of something that the student didn’t and help themto develop their poem. Then I would ask students to illustrate somehtingthat goes along with what their poem what about andshare it with the class.
Suki loves the blue kimono her Grade Level: 1-3grandmother gives to her at herlast visit and Suki is going towear it on the first day ofschool. Despite her sister’sridicule Suki wears her kimonowith pride. Some of the otherstudents at school look at Sukistrange but during show-and-tell Suki tells her kimono’s storyand all the students are veryinterested and Suki teachesthem about her culture. Ueqaki, C. (2003). Suki’s Kimono. New York, NY: Kids Japanese Culture Can Press.
Classroom ActivityAfter a read-aloud of the book the students will participate in an art activity where they make and design their own kimonos from a paper grocery bag. The students will have the chance to be creative and paint the kimono how they want and then have the opportunity to show off there kimonos as I teach them a dance like the one Suki teaches her class. This will take some extra research for the teacher to learn the cultural dance.
Modern Fantasy The Neddiad by Daniel Pinkwater &The Monster Garden by Vivien Alcock
When shoelace heirNeddieWentworthstein and his familytake the train from Chicago to LosAngeles in the 1940s, he winds up in ISBN#: 0618594442possession with an Indian turtleartifact whose owner is supposed tobe able to prevent the destruction ofthe world, but he is not exactly surehow and it is up to him to figure outthe mystery. *mystery Grade Level: 3-5 Pinkwater, D. (2007). The Neddiad. New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Company.
Classroom ActivityThis is a great book to teach students aboutpredictions. I will read the book up until theconclusion, then I will ask the student topredict how Neddie will solve the mystery or ifhe will even solve it at all. I will ask students todraw out their predictions rather than writingthem. We will share our predictions and thenread the ending of the story and compare ourpredictions with the conclusion of the story.
ISBN#: 0618003371 Grade Level: 3-5 In the story, matter produced in the lab of a young girl’s father grows into a kind- hearted and wise monster. However, Monny the monster suffers rejection when people in the community find her unacceptable because she is different and taking care of the monster. Her rescuer sadly releases Monny to find a better and kinder place.Alcock, V. (2000). The MonsterGarden. New York, NY: Sandpiper.
Classroom ActivityFor this book I would make it a book thatthe students read at home with theirparents. For each chapter I would askstudents to think of an item that wassignificant for that chapter. At the end ofthe book the student will have a story boxfilled with item significant to the book. Thestudents will bring in their box to sharewith the class and the students will seehow they interoperate the book differentlyby what each student thinks is important tothe story.
Realistic FictionSquashed in the Middle by Elizabeth Winthrop & Hoot by Carl Hiaason
Everyone in Daisy’s African-American familyspeaks for her. When she tries to speak forherself, no one listens. The breaking point Grade Level: k-3comes when her friend invites her to asleepover. Mother says that Daisy has neverslept at someones house, and her sister insistsshe will come home in the middle of the night.Daisy announces that she is going to Rosasanyway, but no one hears. When the familyfinally goes in search of her, they discover aDaisy they never knew. ISBN#: 0805064974 Winthrop, E. (2005). Squashed in The Middle. New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company.
Classroom ActivityThis story has a lot of characters that students can relate to. I would ask eachstudent to pick a character in the story that they somehow connect to. Forexample, if student has a bossy older sister they would compare and contrastthe character in the book with their own family member and make a vindiagram showing the differences and the similarities.
This Novel is an ecological mystery, made up of endangered miniature owls, the Mother ISBN#: 0375829164 Paulas All-American Pancake House (soon to be built over their burrows), and the owls unlikely allies, three middle school kids determined to beat the screwed-*Newbery Honor up adult system. The studentBook raise enough awareness and fight hard enough and save the owls habitat. * Mystery Hiaasen, C. (2004). Hoot. New York, NY: Knopf Books for Young Readers.
Classroom ActivityThrough out this novel the setting is in an owlhabitat in Florida. This is a great opportunity toincorporate science and literature. Beforereading the book students will research theburrowing owls and their disappearingenvironment so they have a goodunderstanding about what they are reading.Then after the novel has been read studentswill be divided into small groups and will comeup with solutions to how they can help savethe owls environment and what they can do.
Historical Fiction Worth by A. LaFaye & F is for Freedom by RoniSchotter
11-year old Nathaniel and his family live in Nebraska in the late 1800s, trying to work a farm to earn money. Nate was in a farm accident and is not crippled and cannot perform on the farm like he used too. Nate’s father adopts an orphan boy to takes Nate’s place in working the farm. Nate is hurt that he has been replaced and makes life hard for John. But the boys realize they have to same goal and saving the farm and have to find ways to work together. LaFaye, A. (2006). Worth. NewGrade Level: 5-8 York, NY: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.*Scott O’Dell Award
Classroom ActivityThis book deals with a lot of conflictthat students could relate to. At thepoint in the novel when the conflictbetween the two boys begins I willask students solutions they thinkwould help and/or resolve the conflict.Students will divide into small groupsand make a pros and cons sheet ofthe solution they decide on as agroup.
Grade Level: 2-5 Amanda’s parents reveal that their house on the Hudson River is a station on the Underground Railroad and that she must keep it secret. Amanda’s whit helps save some of the slaves and by spending time with the runaways Amanda becomes friends with a girl named ISBN#: 07894226412 Hannah, the slave familys curious and vivacious daughter, and teaches her to read and write a few letters. Amanda disobeys her father and takes Hannah outside to explore the meadow. When slave hunters spot them, the girls flee into a camouflaged tunnel that Amanda knows of, not realizing that it is an escape route for slaves. Later that night, she guides the family through this tunnel to the boat that will transport them to Canada.Schotter, R. (2000). F is for Freedom. New York, NY: Dorling KinderslyPublishing INC.
Classroom ActivityAn activity that would work well withthis book is a Feelings Chart. Teach willpre-make a chart that has importantevents and the characters. Afterreading the book students will thenwrite on post-it notes how they think thecharacter felt when that evenhappened. This activity helps studentlearn about the story’s plot sequenceand also the character perspective.
Non-Fiction Seeds by Ken Robbins &Ben Franklin’s Almanac: Being a True Account of the Good Gentleman’s Life by Candace Fleming
Grade Level: k-3 This book is illustrated with photographs that show many types of seeds and how they are dispersed and explain how these seeds grow.Robbins, K. (2005). Seeds. New York, NY: AtheneumBooks for Young Readers.
Classroom ActivityThis book is a great introduction forstudents to learn how to plant a seed andlearn responsibility of taking care of aplant. The students can document a plantwith a camera and use them to display allthis different stages of a plant.
Grade Level: 6-8 The author of this book illustrates Ben Franklin’s life ISBN#: 0689835493 through a scrapbook structure and uses anecdotal boxes to highlight events that occur through out his life. Fleming, C. (2003). Ben Franklin’s Almanac: Being a True Account of the Good Gentleman’s Life. New York, NY: Atheneum Books for Young Readers.
Classroom ActivityBecause this book is inscrapbook format of BenFranklin’s life the activity will befor the students to create theirown scrapbook about their lifeand talk about the events thathave happened in their lives.