Theme: AROUND TOWN can be used to introduce your students
to the city life.
Show the students the cover of the book. Ask them what they think the book will be about.
Next show the illustrations without reading -- now what do they
think the book will be about. Ask if anyone if they have ever been
to the city (New York City). Where did they go? Does the subway in the book look
like the one they rode on?
This story takes
place in New York City, have the students look at a map to find
this city. Where is your closest city?
As you read and show the illustrations have the students look closely
at the drawings. What details can they find in the pictures? Can they see the hidden doll faces? Have
them look closely at the expressions on the faces for the characters.
Ask the students how they think the characters are feeling. Can
they tell by the illustrations?
The students should prepare a story involving several favorite locations they have visited "Around (name of your school). With a page for each place, have the students write a small paragraph or sentence along with a drawing or painting that describes the location. Jot down what they see at the auditorium, cafeteria, the playground or even the principal's office. Picture books involves many different characters. Students may draw themselves as the main character and hide objects throughout their pictures. Example: "I like to show my mom around the school library", accompany that with a drawing.
Have the students plan a trip to New York City. Will they need the
plane, train, bus to get there? Maybe they can walk. Ask them to
estimate the miles, how long will it take, what would they need
to bring -- food, clothes, entertainment items, books etc. What
do they want to see when they arrive to New York City? The Statue
of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Chinatown, Little Italy,
South Street Seaport, Brooklyn Bridge or one of several museums.
Plan meals for the proposed trip - New York is famous for its bagels,
pizzas and hotdogs. Map out what other foods they might bring to
meet the requirements of the food pyramid.
Read a New York City tour book. Or visit www.nyctourist.com
and download a free map. Look for other books by Chris Soentpiet.
If you really enjoyed AROUND TOWN write
a review and post it on-line at Amazon.com
so others can enjoy your reading experience.
girl buys a doll in Coney Island. Make a life-size paper doll. Have
the students trace and outline the doll on a piece of paper. Now
have the students cut out the tracings and color the dolls with
scraps of paper, fabric, yarn, and other craft items.
Board - headline: AROUND (name of your school). Ask students
what they see around their school. List them.