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Inside Out & Back Again

April 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Middle School | 2012-2013 | April - (Comments Off on Inside Out & Back Again)

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Inside Out & Back Again by Thanha Lai. HarperCollins, 2011

1. What makes newcomers an easy target for bullies?

2. What did Ha miss most about Vietnam? What would you miss if you moved to another country?

3. In what ways is Ha’s sense of herself different from how others view her?

Books for Middle School Age

Lemonade and Other Poems . . . / Tap Dancing on the Roof

April 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | 2012-2013 | April - (Comments Off on Lemonade and Other Poems . . . / Tap Dancing on the Roof)

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Lemonade and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word by Bob Raczka. Illustrated by Nancy Doniger. Roaring Brook Press, 2011

Tap Dancing on the Roof: Sijo (Poems)
by Linda Sue Park. Illustrated by Istvan Banyai. Clarion, 2007

 

 

1. How did these poems surprise you?

2. Which type of poem would you prefer to write? Why?

3. What word would you use to create your own poem squeezed from a single word?

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All the Water in the World

April 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Primary (Grades K-2) | 2012-2013 | April - (Comments Off on All the Water in the World)

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All the Water in the World by George Ella Lyon. Illustrated by Katherine Tillotson. A Richard Jackson Book / Atheneum, 2011

1. Name some of the places where water is found.

2. Are there places that don’t have enough water?

3. How can we be careful not to waste water?

Pocketful of Posies / Rain Train

April 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | 2012-2013 | April - (Comments Off on Pocketful of Posies / Rain Train)

Pocketful of Posies coverPocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes. Illustrated by Sally Mavor. Houghton Mifflin, 2010.

1. (Adult) Tap out the rhythm of a nursery rhyme on a table or chair while reading it aloud. Encourage children to clap the rhythm of rhymes they know well.

2. (Adult) Write nursery rhymes on small pieces of paper to hide around the house. Encourage children to find them and then share them together. (Caregivers: send them home with children and ask adults in the home to hide and then share when found.)

3. (Adult) For ELL families—Through an interpreter (if needed), encourage adult family members to share any rhymes or poems from their own childhoods/native language with their children

Rain Train coverThe Rain Train by Elena de Roo. Illustrated by Brian Lovelock. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2011

1. What does the rhythm/feel of the words as I read them make you think about? (Does it sound at all like rain? Like a train?)

2. Pretend you’re the rain: what sounds do you make? How do you move?

3. Pretend you’re a train. Now what sounds do you make? How do you move?

Time You Let Me In: 25 Poets Under 25

April 1st, 2012 | Posted by in High School | 2011-2012 | April - (Comments Off on Time You Let Me In: 25 Poets Under 25)

Time You Let Me In book coverTime You Let Me In: 25 Poets Under 25 selected by Naomi Shihab Nye. Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2010

1. Select a favorite poem from this collection–what do you like about it?
2. Reflect on a time when poetry has been important to you?
3. Describe several different perspectives on youth reflected in these poems.

Casey at the Bat / Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature’s Survivors

April 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Middle School | 2011-2012 | April - (Comments Off on Casey at the Bat / Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature’s Survivors)

Casey at the Bat book coverCasey at the Bat by Ernest W. Thayer. Illustrated by Joe Morse. Visions in Poetry / Kids Can Press, 2006

Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature’s Survivors by Joyce Sidman. Illustrated by Becki Prange. Houghton Mifflin, 2010Ubiquitous book cover

1. In each book, how do the illustrations enhance the reading?
2. How can the poem “Casey at the Bat,” written in 1888, be relevant to today?
3. How is “Ubiquitious” a fitting title?

Books for Middle School Age

Loon Summer

April 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | 2011-2012 | April - (Comments Off on Loon Summer)

Loon Summer book coverLoon Summer by Sandy Gillum. Field Notes Press, 2008.

1. Do loons live near you? Why or why not?
2. How do the actions of people and other creatures affect the loons in the book?
3. What was the most interesting or exciting part for you?

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The Friendly Four

April 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Primary (Grades K-2) | 2011-2012 | April - (Comments Off on The Friendly Four)

Friendly Four book coverThe Friendly Four by Eloise Greenfield. Illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist. Amistad / HarperCollins, 2006

1. How did these four become friends?
2. What makes a good friend? How do you be a good friend?
3. What do you like to do with your friends in summer?

Pío Peep!

April 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | 2011-2012 | April - (Comments Off on Pío Peep!)

Pio Peep book coverPío Peep! Traditional Spanish Nursery Rhymes / Rimas tradicionales de animales selected by Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy. English translations by Alice Schertle. Illustrated by Viví Escrivá. Rayo / HarperCollins, 2003

1. After you listen to one of the nursery rhymes, draw a picture of what you heard.
2. This book has lots of words that sound alike. How many rhymes can you come up with for _______ (adult: choose a word).
3. Look at a picture for one of the poems. What things in the picture can you count? Can you count them in Spanish? In English?

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