of Chris Soentpiet's books can be used as part of your teaching
curriculum to meet the Common Core State Standards. These books can open dialogue on topics such as immigration,
cultural diversity, city life, war, adoption. Use the books to celebrate Lunar New
(aka: Chinese New Year), African-American history, US
the entire school involved - including teachers, media specialists, administrators
and parents should all have a chance to contribute good ideas. Have
a cultural festival, a book party or even make a paper dragon.
If you are preparing for Chris to visit your school, we encourage
you to make use of the links below as a springboard to planning
your classroom project. Art
activities pertaining to Chris' books increase the interest and
excitement of reading. Encourage your students to follow-up with
story writing and more reading and discussion. They can look for
more of his books in the public library and to watch out for a new
Chris’ books offer many opportunities to study historical and multi-cultural topics. The lesson plans identify state’s educational standard that relate to each book’s content and offer activities that will help your students reach them.