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Rain School / Our Seasons

September 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in September | Primary (Grades K-2) | 2013-2014 - (Comments Off on Rain School / Our Seasons)

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Rain School by James Rumford. Houghton Mifflin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010

1. Why is Thomas so excited to be starting school? What are you looking forward to this year at school?

2. What are three things about Thomas’s school in the story that are similar to our/your school?

3. What are three things about Thomas’s school in the story that are different from our/your school?

 

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Our Seasons by Ranida T. McKneally. Ill by Grace Lin. Charlesbridge, 2006

1. What is your favorite season? What is something you learned about your favorite season from this book?

2. Which did you like reading/listening to more? The facts about each season or the poems Why?

3. The illustrations in the book show what is happening in each of the poems. How do the poems and illustrations connect to the information/facts on each page?

 

 

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What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?

June 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Primary (Grades K-2) | 2012-2013 | Summer - (Comments Off on What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?)

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What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. Houghton Mifflin, 2003

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Hot Day on Abbott Avenue

June 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Primary (Grades K-2) | 2012-2013 | Summer - (Comments Off on Hot Day on Abbott Avenue)

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Hot Day on Abbott Avenue by Karen English. Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe. Clarion, 2004

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My Dadima Wears a Sari

June 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Primary (Grades K-2) | 2012-2013 | Summer - (Comments Off on My Dadima Wears a Sari)

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My Dadima Wears a Sari by Kashmira Sheth. Illustrated by Yoshiko Jaeggi. Peachtree, 2007

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Anna Hibiscus

May 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Primary (Grades K-2) | 2012-2013 | May - (Comments Off on Anna Hibiscus)

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Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke. Illustrated by Lauren Tobia. U.S. edition: Kane/Miller, 2010

1. Anna is about your age. How is she the same as kids you know? How is she different?

2. What did you know about Africa before you read this book?

3. What do you know about Africa now?

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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?

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Let’s Go See Papá

March 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Primary (Grades K-2) | 2012-2013 | March - (Comments Off on Let’s Go See Papá)

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Let’s Go See Papá! by Lawrence Schimel. Translated from the Spanish by Elisa Amado. Illustrated by Alba Marina. Groundwood, 2011

 

 

1. What ways can you keep in touch with people you love when you can’t be near them?

2. How would you help the girl in this book if she started coming to your school?

3. Why do you think people choose to move to other countries?

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Emma Dilemma

February 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Primary (Grades K-2) | February | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on Emma Dilemma)

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Emma Dilemma: Big Sister Poems by Kristine O’Connell George. Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter. Clarion, 2011

 

 

1. A dilemma is a situation that has good parts and bad parts. What were the good parts about having a little sister? What were the bad parts?

2. Are you more like Jess or Emma?

3. Each poem tells about a small moment in Jess and Emma’s lives. Together, the poems tell a story. Share something you remember from this story.

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Crouching Tiger / These Hands

January 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Primary (Grades K-2) | January | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on Crouching Tiger / These Hands)

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Crouching Tiger by Ying Chang Compestine. Illustrated by Yan Nascimbene. Candlewick Press, 2011

These Hands by Margaret H. Mason. Illustrated by Floyd Cooper. Houghton Mifflin, 2011

 

1. What do the boys learn from their grandfathers?

2. What celebrations are important in your family?

3. How are the grandsons’ lives different from their grandfathers’ lives? How are they the same?

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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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Sopa de frijoles / Bean Soup

November 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in Primary (Grades K-2) | November | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on Sopa de frijoles / Bean Soup)

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Sopa de frijoles / Bean Soup by Jorge Argueta. Illustrated by Rafael Yockteng. Groundwood, 2009

1. Does your family have any favorite foods that you make?

2. What did the child need to make soup?

3. A simile is a comparison using the words “like” or “as”. (For example: an onion yellow as the dawn). Can you find more similes in this story?

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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?

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