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Soldier Bear

February 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | February | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on Soldier Bear)

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Soldier Bear by Bibi Dumon Tak. Translated from the Dutch by Laura Watkinson. Illustrated by Philip Hopman. U.S. edition: Eerdman’s, 2011

1. What did you learn about World War II that you didn’t know before?

2. How did Voytek win over people’s hearts and minds? What is it about animals that people find so appealing?

3. What animal would you train to help you?

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Queen of the Falls

January 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | January | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on Queen of the Falls)

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Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg. Houghton Mifflin, 2011

1. Which of your teachers or older relatives do you think would be willing to travel over the falls in a barrel? Would you?

2. How would this story be different if it happened today?

3. Have you heard or seen anyone performing an unbelievable feat? Why do you think people take those risks?

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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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Diego Rivera: His World and Ours / My Papa Diego and Me

November 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | November | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on Diego Rivera: His World and Ours / My Papa Diego and Me)

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Diego Rivera: His World and Ours
by Duncan Tonatiuh. Abrams, 2011

My Papa Diego and Me: Memories of My Father and His Art by Guadalupe Rivera Marín. Children’s Book Press, 2009

 

 

1. What was important to Mexican artist Diego Rivera and how did it appear in his art?

2. How has your childhood been similar to Guadalupe’s? What picture would your Mom and Dad draw about you?

3. If you could paint a mural, what everyday activity would you recreate?

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Eyes on the Goal

October 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in October | Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on Eyes on the Goal)

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Eyes on the Goal by John Coy. Feiwel and Friends, 2010

1. When was a time when you felt bad? How did you deal with it?

2. Which character did you relate to most? Why?

3. Has a friend ever been on an opposing team? How did you handle that?

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What Really Happened to Humpty?

September 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in September | Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on What Really Happened to Humpty?)

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What Really Happened to Humpty?
(from the Files of a Hard-Boiled Detective) by Jeanie Franz Ransom. Illustrated by Stephen Axelsen. Charlesbridge, 2009

1. What stories do these characters come from?

2. How would the story change if it was told from Muffy’s perspective?

3. If you wrote this story, who would you make the hero and who would be the villain?

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My Very Own Room / Mi propio cuartito

June 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | 2011-2012 | Summer - (Comments Off on My Very Own Room / Mi propio cuartito)

My Very Own Room book coverMy Very Own Room / Mi propio cuartito by Amada Irma Pérez ; illustrations by Maya Christina Gonzalez. Children’s Book Press, 2000

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Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little

June 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | 2011-2012 | Summer - (Comments Off on Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little)

Moxy Maxwell book coverMoxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little by Peggy Gifford. Photographs by Valorie Fisher. Schwartz & Wade, 2007

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The Birchbark House

June 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | 2011-2012 | Summer - (Comments Off on The Birchbark House)

Birchbark House book coverThe Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich. Hyperion, 1999

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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

May 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | 2011-2012 | May - (Comments Off on Where the Mountain Meets the Moon)

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon book coverWhere the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. Little, Brown, 2009

1. How is Minli helped on her journey?
2. How do the stories that are told connect to Minli’s journey?
3. How does Minli’s mother change between the beginning and end of the story? Why do you think she changes?
4. What was your favorite part of the story?

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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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Star in the Forest

March 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | March | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Star in the Forest)

Star in the Forest book coverStar in the Forest by Laura Resau. Delacorte, 2010

1. How does Star help Zitlally deal with her father’s deportation?
2. How is Zitlally different with Crystal than she is with her friends at school?
3. Why do you think Zitlally’s family came to the United States, given how difficult the journey is?

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