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The Apple Orchard Riddle / Good News, Bad News

September 1st, 2014 | Posted by etownsend in September | Primary (Grades K-2) | 2014-2015 - (Comments Off on The Apple Orchard Riddle / Good News, Bad News)

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The Apple Orchard Riddle by Margaret McNamara. Illustrated by G. Brian Karas. Schwartz & Wade, 2013.

1. How does Tara solve her teacher’s riddle?

2. What do the pictures tell us about Tara, her personality and her problem-solving methods?

3. Did you learn anything new about apples from this book? Did you learn anything new about solving riddles?

 

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Good News, Bad News by Jeff Mack.  Chronicle, 2012.

1. What is something from your own life that could be both good news and bad news?

2. How do the pictures help you decide if something is good news or bad news?

3. What words and pictures let you know that the rabbit and the rat are good friends?

 

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I Lost My Tooth in Africa / Jingle Dancer / The Rumor

June 1st, 2014 | Posted by schliesman in Primary (Grades K-2) | 2013-2014 | Summer - (Comments Off on I Lost My Tooth in Africa / Jingle Dancer / The Rumor)

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I Lost My Tooth in Africa by Penda Diakité. Illustrated by Baba Wagué Diakité. Scholastic Press, 2006

 

 

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Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith. Illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu. Morrow / HarperCollins, 2000

 

 

 

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The Rumor by Anushka Ravishankar. Illustrated by Kanyika Kini. U.S. edition: Tundra Books, 2012

 

 

 

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Happy Like Soccer

May 1st, 2014 | Posted by schliesman in Primary (Grades K-2) | 2013-2014 | May - (Comments Off on Happy Like Soccer)

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Happy Like Soccer by Maribeth Boelts. Illustrated by Lauren Castillo. Candlewick Press, 2012

1. Soccer makes Sierra both happy and sad. Why? Is there anything that makes you feel that way?

2. Why do you think it’s so hard for Sierra to call her coach and ask him to change the game? Why can asking for something we want or need sometimes be so hard?

3. What are some of the kind things people do to try to make Sierra’s experience playing soccer a good one? Are there other things you think people could have done?

 

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Step Gently Out / Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems

April 1st, 2014 | Posted by schliesman in Primary (Grades K-2) | 2013-2014 | April - (Comments Off on Step Gently Out / Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems)

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Step Gently Out by Helen Frost. Photographs by Rick Lieder. Candlewick Press, 2012

1. Do the photographs in this book make you think more about the words? Why or why not?

2. What do you think it means to “step gently out”?

3. How does reading this poem and looking at these photographs make you think differently about insects?

 

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Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems / jitomates risueños y otros poemas de primvera by Francisco X. Alarcón. Illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez. Children’s Book Press, 1997

1. What makes these “spring” poems? Pick one or two of them—how do you think they connect to spring?

2. What are some ways poems are different than a story? Are there ways the two are similar?

3. Do any of the poems in this book feel like they are telling a story? Which one(s) and why?

 

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Penny and Her Song

March 1st, 2014 | Posted by schliesman in Primary (Grades K-2) | 2013-2014 | March - (Comments Off on Penny and Her Song)

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Penny and Her Song by Kevin Henkes. Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2012

1. How do you think singing her song makes Penny feel? How can you tell?

2. How does Penny’s family respond when they finally hear her song? What things happen?

3. What can you tell about Penny’s parents from the story and the illustrations? If you could be Penny’s friend, do you think you’d enjoy spending time with her family? Why?

 

 

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Once I Ate a Pie / Wolf Pie

February 1st, 2014 | Posted by schliesman in Primary (Grades K-2) | 2013-2014 | February - (Comments Off on Once I Ate a Pie / Wolf Pie)

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Once I Ate a Pie by Patricia Maclachlan and Emily Maclachlan. Illustrated by Katy Schneider. HarperCollins, 2006

1. If you could have one of the dogs in this book as a pet, which one would you pick and why?

2. Why do you think some of the words in the poems look different—bigger or bolder or with letters that aren’t in a straight line?

3. We learn something about each of the dogs in the poems. For example, Gus likes his people in a group. Mr. Beefy likes to eat. Darla likes people but not other dogs. If you were going to write a poem about you, what is something you would want us to know about yourself? Do you think it would be a funny poem? A serious or sad poem? Why?

 

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Wolf Pie by Brenda Seabrooke. Illustrated by Liz Callen. Clarion, 2010

1. Were you surprised by how the wolf in the story behaved? Why or why not?

2. What are ways Wilfong proves he is a true friend?

3. What part of this book was funniest to you? Why?

 

 

 

 

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Lemonade in Winter

January 1st, 2014 | Posted by schliesman in Primary (Grades K-2) | January | 2013-2014 - (Comments Off on Lemonade in Winter)

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Lemonade in Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting Money by Emily Jenkins. Illustrated by G. Brian Karas. Schwartz & Wade, 2012

1. What are some of the things Pauline and John-John do to get ready to have a lemonade stand?

2. How do Pauline and John-John try to get customers? Is there anything else you would have also done if you were in their place?

3. If you were going to sell something in winter, what would it be? Why? What would you need to get ready to have your sale?

 

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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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Me and Momma and Big John / Castle

November 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Primary (Grades K-2) | November | 2013-2014 - (Comments Off on Me and Momma and Big John / Castle)

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Me and Momma and Big John by Mara Rockliff. Illustrated by William Low. Candlewick Press, 2012

1. Why is the boy so disappointed when he finally sees the stone his mother has been working on?

2. How is the boy feeling about his mother’s work by the story’s end? Why?

3. Do you think the boy’s momma is an artist? Why or why not?

 

 

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Castle: How It Works by David Macaulay, with Sheila Keenan. Square Fish / David Macaulay Studio / Macmillan, 2012

1. If you were a visiting the castle in this book, what are some of the things you might see once you cross the drawbridge?

2. If you were an enemy, how might you try to get inside the castle in this book? What are some of the ways you learned those in the castle might try to stop you?

3. Why don’t you think people live in castles anymore?

 

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Each Kindness

October 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Primary (Grades K-2) | October | 2013-2014 - (Comments Off on Each Kindness)

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Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson. Illustrated by E.B. Lewis. Nancy Paulsen Books / Penguin, 2012

1. Why do you think Chloe ignores Maya?

2. What do you think Chloe’s teacher is trying to show them about kindness?

3. How does the ending of the story make you feel?Why?

4. What do you think Chloe will do if another new student joins their class? What in the story makes you think this?

 

 

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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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