Most People

October 17, 2018

by Michael Leannah
Pictures by Jennifer E Morris

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The book read aloud in its entirety here:

Use this book at the beginning of the year while building your classroom community.  Reinforce that MOST people are GOOD people!  Brainstorm ways that you can show good character within your classrooms.

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The Day You Begin

October 17, 2018

by Jacqueline Woodson
illustrated by Rafael Lopez

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Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself but later, he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider.

Discussion questions and activity from the Teacher Guide:

Dive in & Discuss
1. Have you ever walked into a room full of people who seemed different than you? How did you
feel? What made you feel that way? Discuss your feelings and how they changed as time passed.

2. What is something that makes you unique? Is it a positive or negative trait? How can you turn
this trait into your new beginning?

3. What is diversity? Create a kid-friendly definition and post it in the classroom. Why is it important
to have conversations about diversity? How might people with differences in ability, culture, race,
gender or wealth/money feel when they are in a group that seems different from them?

Who’s in the Room?
This would be a great first day of school activity or one to use any time your class is entering a new
situation and meeting new people. After reading The Day You Begin, lead the class in a discussion
about what information is important to know when you meet someone new. What things do you learn
about each of the characters in the book as they reveal themselves to one another? What would you ask
someone when you meet them for the first time? Generate a list of questions that the class feels will
help them get to know their classmates. Encourage them to think of a few questions that will help them
dig a little deeper when they interview their peers during the activity. Partner students and ask them
to interview each other. Have them list all of the answers that they have in common as well as their
differences. A Venn diagram is a great graphic organizer to use with this activity. At the conclusion of
the interviews ask students to introduce their partner to the class. They can choose the most interesting
parts of their conversation to share. Finally, ask the class if there is a character from the book that they
relate to and, if they are comfortable sharing, to explain why.

 


Drawn Together

October 17, 2018

by Minh Le
illustrated by Dan Santat, Caldecott Artist 2015 (Adventures of Beekle)

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A boy and his grandfather cross a language and cultural barrier using their shared love of art, storytelling, and fantasy.

Starting out as a wordless picture book, you meet a boy and his grandfather.  They seem to have nothing in common until they boy gets bored and pulls out his art supplies.  Then a whole new world opens up as the boy draws and the grandpa draws, building “a new world that even words can’t describe.”

Classroom Connections:

  • Mentor text for illustrations telling details from the story
  • Discussion starter: language barriers

An introspective look by other educators:
https://community.theeducatorcollaborative.com/making-our-way-across-lessons-learned-from-minh-le-and-dan-santats-drawn-together/

 


My Beautiful Birds

March 1, 2018

by Suzanne Del Rizzo

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Syrian Civil War.

Bombs.

Fleeing.

Will there be safety?

 

Sami’s Syrian town is bombed and his family flees to a refugee camp.  They have to walk night and day and night again before they get to the tents of the refugee camp.  There they remain while Sami struggles with his emotions and continuously fearful for his pet pigeons, which his father says escaped the bombed city.

Read to find how Sami deals with his inner turmoil as he and his family lives at the refugee camp.

 

For further discussion questions, check out this link:

http://pajamapress.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/MyBeautifulBirds_ReadingGuide.pdf

 


What Do You Do With a Problem?

October 18, 2016

by Kobi Yamada

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A young boy is plagued with a problem–appearing as a black cloud–that won’t go away by worrying about it or avoiding it; it only grows bigger. The boy finally finds the courage to face the problem and learns its secret: It contains an opportunity to learn and grow.

Talk about problem solving with your students using this lesson plan.

 


We Found a Hat

October 18, 2016

by Jon Klassen

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Two turtles. One Hat. They found it together. So who should get it?

Great story about friendship, empathy, and sharing. What do you do if two people find one object? Who gets it? Is it right to go get it yourself if the other person is not watching?

Teach right and wrong with this great story!


Last Stop on Market Street

May 4, 2016

Last Stop on Market Street

by Matt de la Peña
pictures by Christian Robinson

Book Blurb: A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.

Award Alert–This book got THREE!

  • 2016 Newbery Medal (for the words)
  • 2016 Caldecott Honor (for the pictures pictures)
  • 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor (given to an African American illustrator)

Needing to teach the life skill of helping others?  This is the book for you.

Needing to get students thinking about being selfless?  This is the book for you.

Just need a book that will get kids thinking?  This is the book for you!