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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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