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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?

 

 

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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?

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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?

Cradle Me / While You Are Sleeping / Twins’ Blanket

December 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | December | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on Cradle Me / While You Are Sleeping / Twins’ Blanket)

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Cradle Me by Debby Slier. Star Bright Books, 2012

1. What are some of the places you go to sleep? (e.g., crib, bed, couch, floor, car seat, etc.)

2. Let’s do all the things that babies in the pictures are doing (yawn, peek, etc.).

3. (Adult) Invite child to turn the pages as you read. Point to each of the words as you read it.

 

 

While You Are Sleeping coverWhile You Are Sleeping: A Lift-the-Flap Book of Time Around the World by Durga Bernhard. Charlesbridge, 2011

1. Lift the flap (gently!) What is the person under the flap doing? (Ask on each page)

2. What are some things that might be happening while you are sleeping?

3. (Adult) Point to where you live on the map on the book’s endpapers.

 

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The Twins’ Blanket
by Hyewon Yum. Frances Foster Books / Farrar Straus Giroux, 2011

1. What do you notice about the paper inside the front and back covers? (Ask after reading the book)

2. What is different about each girl? What is the same?

3. What does your blanket look and feel like? (Encourage discussion of color, pattern, texture, etc.)

Divergent / The Unidentified

December 1st, 2011 | Posted by in December | High School | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Divergent / The Unidentified)

Divergent cover imageDivergent by Veronica Roth. Katherine Tegen Books, 2011

Unidentified cover imageThe Unidentified by Rae Mariz. Balzer + Bray, 2010

1. In the book Divergent, which faction would you choose to belong to and why?
2. What do you think would happen if corporations ran schools?
3. Explain how science fiction set in the future can reflect our world today using examples from one or both of these stories.

The Frog Scientist

December 1st, 2011 | Posted by in Middle School | December | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on The Frog Scientist)

Frog Scientiest book coverThe Frog Scientist by Pamela S. Turner. Photographs by Andy Comins. (Scientists in the Field) Houghton Mifflin, 2009.

1. What did you learn about the scientific process by reading this book?
2. Tyrone’s parents and teachers encouraged his interest in science; how is he paying it forward?
3. Tyrone says, “Environmental health and human health are one and the same.” What do you think he means by this?

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The Thumb in the Box

December 1st, 2011 | Posted by in Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | December | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on The Thumb in the Box)

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The Thumb in the Box by Ken Roberts. Groundwood, 2002

1. How are this town and the people who live there unique.
2. How did the village get more than the pump?
3. Who are the tricksters in this story?

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