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Sophie Scott Goes South / Little Dog, Lost

December 1st, 2014 | Posted by etownsend in Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | December | 2014-2015 - (Comments Off on Sophie Scott Goes South / Little Dog, Lost)

sophie scott goes southSophie Scott Goes South by Alison Lester.   U.S. edition:  Houghton Mifflin, 2013.

1. There are lots of types of illustrations in this book. Why do you think the author/illustrator decided to use so many different types of illustrations? How do you think these different styles of illustrations help you understand the things Sophie describes?

2. Who are some of the people who work on the Aurora Australis and what are their roles? What about the people at Mawson Station?

3. Sophie is a child making this trip for the first time. How do you think that that makes a difference in what she describes? How do you think the story might be told differently if her dad was telling it?

 

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Little Dog, Lost by Marion Dane Bauer.  Illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell.  Atheneum, 2012.

1. People in the town have formed opinions of Charles Larue without getting to know him. What do the kids in the town think of Charles Larue? What is Charles Larue really like? Charles Larue changes throughout the story. What is he like in the beginning of the story? How is he different at the end of the story?

2. This book tells the story of three characters, Buddy, Charles Larue, and Mark. How do these three different perspectives help you to understand the characters and their actions?

3. The author wrote this book as a story in verse. Do you think this format, using poetry to tell the story, adds to or distracts from the story? Why?
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Meet the Dogs of Bedlam Farm

December 1st, 2014 | Posted by etownsend in Primary (Grades K-2) | December | 2014-2015 - (Comments Off on Meet the Dogs of Bedlam Farm)

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Meet the Dogs of Bedlam Farm by John Katz. Henry Holt, 2011.

1. What are the different jobs of the dogs? How do the dogs help the farm by performing these different jobs?

2. What is your job in your family? How does this help your family?

3. What do you think the author wants us to learn from this book?

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Quinito’s Neighborhood / Inside, Outside

December 1st, 2014 | Posted by etownsend in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | December | 2014-2015 - (Comments Off on Quinito’s Neighborhood / Inside, Outside)

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Quinito’s Neighborhood = El Vecindario de Quinito by Ina Cumpiaño. Illustrated by José Ramírez. Children’s Book Press, 2005.

1. Do you know someone with one of these jobs? Which job would you like to do?

2. What do people in your family do in your neighborhood or town?

3. Who are some of the people you might meet on a walk in your neighborhood?

 

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Inside Outside by Lizi Boyd. Chronicle, 2013.

1. Which shapes can you find and name?

2. How many patterns can you find? Describe the patterns.

3. What do you see through the windows?

 

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Z Is for Moose / Animal 1 2 3

December 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | December | 2013-2014 - (Comments Off on Z Is for Moose / Animal 1 2 3)

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Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham. Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky. Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2012

1. How does Moose feel when he finds out he isn’t going to be the letter “M”? How can you tell what he’s feeling?

2. Can you figure out what letters were supposed to be on the pages after “M Is for Mouse” and “N Is for Needle?.” What clues can/did you use?

3. What makes you impatient? What do you do when do you have to wait?

 

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Animal 1 2 3 by Britta Teckentrup. Handprint Books, 2012

1. Let’s count ___________s (creatures from each/any page in book).

2. What comes after _____ (number)? How much is it if we add one more?

3. Let’s move like ______ (creature from each/any page in book).

 

Poem to pair from Here’s a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry edited by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters. Illustrated by Polly Dunbar. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2007:

“The NO-NO Bird” by Andrew Fusek Peters, p. 28

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Under the Snow

December 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Primary (Grades K-2) | December | 2013-2014 - (Comments Off on Under the Snow)

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Under the Snow by Melissa Stewart. Illustrated by Constance R. Bergum. Peachtree, 2009

1. What are some of the ways we see the animals in the book survive in winter ? Can you think of any other things animals might do to survive in the cold?

2. Animals do different things in winter than in summer. What are some things do people do in the winterthat’s different from what they do in summer?

3. What animals have you seen in the winter?

 

 

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After Eli

December 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Middle School | December | 2013-2014 - (Comments Off on After Eli)

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After Eli by Rebecca Rupp . Candlewick Press, 2012

1. Why do you think Danny keeps his Book of the Dead?

2. Danny’s memories give readers a strong sense of Eli. What do you learn about Eli as a brother and a friend through specific incidences in the book? How do you think he influenced Danny?

3. What are some things Danny figure outs about friendship through his relationships with Isabelle and Walter?

 

 

Books for Middle School Age

The Raven Boys

December 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in December | High School | 2013-2014 - (Comments Off on The Raven Boys)

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Scholastic Press, 2012

1. Every character in this novel is on a quest. Pick two characters and describe their quests. In what ways are their quests mutually supportive, or in conflict with each other early on. Does this change over time?

2. How do you interpret the quotes in the prologue from Edgar Allen Poe and Oscar Wilde in light of the novel? What character or characters does each quote remind you of? Why?

3. What is your theory on what happened to Blue’s father? What evidence in the narrative do you base this on?

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The One and Only Ivan

December 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | December | 2013-2014 - (Comments Off on The One and Only Ivan)

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The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. Illustrated by Patricia Castelao. Harper / HarperCollins, 2012

1. If you could pick one character from this book to befriend, whom would it be? Why—what things about this character do you like?

2. What are some of the ways the author made Ivan’s perspective seem true to how an animal might understand and describe what is happening?

3. Ivan remembers a time when he was free. Do you think he’d ever be able to live in the wild again? Why or why not? What about Ruby?

 

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Now Is the Time for Running

December 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in December | High School | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on Now Is the Time for Running)

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Now is the Time for Running by Michael Williams. U.S. edition: Little, Brown, 2011

1. Throughout history, people have sought refuge in other countries. For what reasons might people leave their homeland?

2. This book provides a window into current events in Zimbabwe. What struck you about life in this country?

3. The cover shows a soccer ball and barbed wire. How do these images reflect the boys’ journey?

Drawing from Memory

December 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in Middle School | December | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on Drawing from Memory)

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Drawing from Memory by Allen Say. Scholastic Press, 2011

1. How did the format of the book help you understand Allen Say’s story?

2. Allen Say gave up everything to pursue his passion for drawing. What is your passion?

3. What teacher has been most influential in your life and why?

Books for Middle School Age

Rich: A Dyamonde Daniel Book

December 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | December | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on Rich: A Dyamonde Daniel Book)

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Rich: A Dyamonde Daniel Book by Nikki Grimes. Putnam, 2010

1. Have you been to a thrift shop or rummage sale? What treasure(s) have you found?

2. What is the difference between “wants” and “needs”? What characters have needs and what characters have wants?

3. If you had to write a personal experience poem, what would you write about?

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Little Dog Lost

December 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in Primary (Grades K-2) | December | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on Little Dog Lost)

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Little Dog Lost: A True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic by Mônica Carnesi. Nancy Paulsen Books / Penguin, 2012

 

 

1. How did people try to save the dog?

2. What are the ways that Baltic might be feeling along the journey?

3. The Author’s Note says no one knows where the dog came from. Where do you think Baltic came from and how did he get trapped on the ice?

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