Book Study of The Month

  • MARCH BOOK STUDY OF THE MONTH: RED: A CRAYON'S STORY

    Posted by Litonya Gant on 3/1/2020

    red

     

    Red has a bright red label but he is, in fact, blue. His teacher tries to help him be red (let’s draw strawberries!), his mother tries to help him be red by sending him out on a playdate with a yellow classmate (go draw a nice orange!), and the scissors try to help him be red by snipping his label so that he has room to breathe. But Red is miserable. He just can’t be red, no matter how hard he tries! Finally, a brand-new friend offers a brand-new perspective, and Red discovers what readers have known all along. He’s blue! Funny, insightful, layered, and colorful, this new picture book by Michael Hall is about being true to your inner self and following your own path.

     

    READ ALOUDhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhytjzyJoo4

     

    BEFORE READING:

    Take out a box of crayons and hold up one crayon. Ask your child what color crayon you are holding.

    1. How do they know it is that color?

    2. What would they draw with that particular color?

    3. Do this with several different crayons. Then begin reading the story.

     

    AFTER READING:

    1. Why did everyone expect Red to draw red things? Does it surprise you that no one noticed what he was really like?

    2. When yellow and red try to make an orange that shows up green. Why did this happened?

    3. What does Berry do to help the others understand? 

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  • FEBRUARY BOOK STUDY: A COLOR OF HIS OWN

    Posted by Narishea Parham on 2/3/2020 5:00:00 AM

    a COLOR OF HIS OWN

    A little chameleon is distressed that he doesn’t have a color of his own like other animals. He is very sad because he cannot move around without changing color. Because he wants to have a color of his own so badly, he finds the greenest leaf and decides to stay there forever. This works until the seasons start to change, and the leaf turns to yellow and then to red. Finally, he finds another chameleon who suggests that they travel together and they set off on a new life of adventure.

    Read Aloud: https://youtu.be/Foghuhc75Ts

     Discussion Questions

    • How are chameleons different from other animals?
    • Why does the chameleon want to be only one color (like everyone else)?
    • Does the chameleon’s plan work? Why or Why not?
    • Why did the two chameleons decide to stay together?
    • Why do people make friends? Are friends important?
    • Do you think the chameleon could have been friends with the other animals? Do you think they would have cared about his changing colors?
    • What makes someone a good friend?
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  • DECEMBER & JANUARY BOOK STUDY: LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET

    Posted by Narishea Parham on 12/2/2019 5:00:00 AM

    Last Stop Market

    Read Aloud: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zk6CWvW_5-s

     

    Things to Talk About and Notice

    • Language Arts, Reading Comprehension:
      • What is the "Last Stop on Market Street"?
      • What are CJ and Nana doing there?
      • What is a soup kitchen? Who eats there?
      • Why is CJ upset at the beginning? How does his mood change? 

         

    • Social Skills, Emotions:
      • How do you know when to be grateful for what you do have and when to speak up when something isn't fair?
      • How do you decide when to complain about something that's upsetting you and when to look on the bright side? 

     

    • Social Studies, Community, Transportation:
      • What kind of public transportation does your town have, if any? 

     

    • Music Appreciation, Art, Drawing: In the book CJ closes his eyes while the man is playing and visualizes many things. Put on music ,close your eyes and see what you can imagine. Draw some of the things you saw.

     

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  • NOVEMBER BOOK STUDY: I AM ENOUGH

    Posted by Narishea Parham on 11/4/2019 5:00:00 AM

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    I am Enough follows a girl of colour as she makes positive declarations – “Like the sun I am here to shine… like the bird I am here to fly and soar high over everything.” The young girl, surrounded by friends of different colours and cultures declares in “the end we are right here to live a life of love, not fear… I am enough.”

     

    Read Aloudhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mp4GZ1I0pfY

     

    Discussion Questions:

    • What does the author mean by, “Like the sun, I’m here to shine”?
    • What does the author mean by, “Like time, I’m here to be, and be everything I can”? 
    • What activities do the children enjoy in this story? 

     

    Home Connection:

    Me Mobile.

    Recall some of the activities that the children enjoyed doing in this story, and then ask your child to think about activities that they enjoy doing themselves. Tell your child that they will create a “Me Mobile” to highlight their favorite activities. Give your child 4–6 pieces of poster board and have them draw on each piece an activity that they enjoy doing. Punch a hole in the top of each piece and tie a piece of yarn to it. Use different lengths and colors of yarn. Then tie each piece to a hanger. Display the “Me Mobiles”.

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  • OCTOBER BOOK STUDY: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE KIND?

    Posted by Narishea Parham on 10/1/2019

    Kind

    A girl in a red hat finds the courage to be kind to the new student in class. Her kindness spreads, kind act by kind act, until her whole community experiences the magical shift that happens when everyone understands—and acts on—what it means to be kind.

    Before Reading Activities: 

    1. What does it mean to be kind?

    2. Brainstorm a list of words that mean kind.

    After Reading Activities: 

    1. What were some examples of kindness in the story?

    2. Which act of kindness have you personally experienced?

    3. How do you feel when someone does something kind to you?

    4. How do you feel when you make someone else feel good because you did something kind?

    5. The author wrote: Being kind means having the courage to treat other the way you like to be treated.  How do you want to be treated? Why does it take courage? 

    Home Connection:

    Keep a list of acts of kindness you see your child doing.  When they get 10- surprise them with an act of kindness!

     

     

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