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Eyes on the Goal

October 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in October | Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on Eyes on the Goal)

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Eyes on the Goal by John Coy. Feiwel and Friends, 2010

1. When was a time when you felt bad? How did you deal with it?

2. Which character did you relate to most? Why?

3. Has a friend ever been on an opposing team? How did you handle that?

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Mouse & Lion

October 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in Primary (Grades K-2) | October | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on Mouse & Lion)

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Mouse & Lion by Rand Burkert. Illustrated by Nancy Ekholm Burkert. Michael di Capua Books / Scholastic, 2011

 

 

1. What will the Lion always remember about the Mouse? What will the Mouse remember about the Lion?

2. Have you ever helped someone bigger than you? How?

3. Which illustration did you like the best and what did you like about it?

Job Site/Monday Is One Day

October 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | October | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on Job Site/Monday Is One Day)

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Job Site by Nathan Clement. Boyds Mills Press, 2011

1. What color is each machine?

2. What other colors can you find?

3. What sound do you think this machine might make? (Ask for each one)

 

 

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Monday I
s One Day by Arthur A. Levine. Illustrated by Julian Hector. Scholastic Press, 2011

1. Let’s recite (and/or count) the days of the week in the book. (Adult: You can also use a calendar after reading the book and find each day on it with children.)

2. Is there a special thing you/your family do on the same day every week?

3. Who are the people in your family? (or, Draw a picture of your family)

The Voyage of Turtle Rex

October 1st, 2011 | Posted by lendlich in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | October | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on The Voyage of Turtle Rex)

The Voyage of Turtle Rex

The Voyage of Turtle Rex by Kurt Cyrus. Harcourt, 2011

1. Why did the turtle go back to the beach?
2. Where would a 2-ton, 15-foot turtle fit?
3. Pretend you’re a sea turtle coming out of your egg–show us how you would walk on the sand or swim in the water.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

October 1st, 2011 | Posted by in October | High School | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Will Grayson, Will Grayson)

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Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. Dutton, 2010

1. Who was your favorite character in the book and why?
2. How is humor used to deal with difficult issues in this story?
3. There are many unlikely friendships in this book. Discuss an unlikely friendship you have had in your life.

Prime Baby / Smile

October 1st, 2011 | Posted by in October | Middle School | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Prime Baby / Smile)

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Prime Baby by Gene Luen Yang. First Second / Roaring Brook Press, 2010

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Smile by Raina Telgemeier. Graphix, 2010

 

1. In what ways can you relate to Thaddeus in Prime Baby?
2. How do Raina’s experiences in Smile make her stronger?
3. How does the graphic novel format enhance each story?

 

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This Is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness

October 1st, 2011 | Posted by in October | Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on This Is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness)

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This Is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness by Joyce Sidman.
Houghton Mifflin, 2007

1. What makes apologizing difficult?
2. When is it easier to forgive someone? When is it hard?
3. Has there been a time recently when you’ve had to apologize or forgive someone?Icon for the Intermediate (Grades 3-5) readers

Always Listen to Your Mother

October 1st, 2011 | Posted by in Primary (Grades K-2) | October | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Always Listen to Your Mother)

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Always Listen to Your Mother by Florence Parry Heide and Roxanne Heide Pierce. Illustrated by Kyle M. Stone. Disney / Hyperion, 2010

1. How are the mothers in the book the same? How are they different?
2. What might happen if Vlapid went to Ernest’s house?
3. What kinds of things are you expected to do at home?

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