Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Read Aloud Roundup: October 2012

Dad and Me in the Morning, by Patricia Lakin

How do you wake up? Do you wake up the at the same time every morning?
What are some ways you communicate without speaking words? Do these ways work for someone who cannot hear?

Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match, by Monica Brown

Are there things you like to do or wear or eat that “don’t match”?
What is it like when you surprise someone by doing something unexpected?
Why does Marisol try to match? Do you think that’s a good or bad idea?


Rolling Along: The Story of Taylor and His Wheelchair, by Jamee Riggio Heelan

What are some ways you and your siblings (or friends) are alike? How are you different?
How would someone using a wheelchair get to your classroom? Would a wheelchair fit at the water fountain or in the bathroom? How about where you live?

Hannah’s Way, by Linda Glaser

Have you ever had the experience of not being allowed to do something your friends were doing? How did you feel about it? What did you do?
How did Hannah solve her problem? Did she need any help?
What did it mean that all of Hannah’s classmates raised their hands? How do you think Hannah felt?


A Picnic in October, by Eve Bunting

Was there anything about the story that surprised you?
What kinds of traditions does your family have?
What does Tony’s grandma mean about the Statue of Liberty being real? What does it stand for?

Blackout, by John Rocco

Have you ever been in a blackout? What happened?
What do you do at home or at school that uses electricity? What would you do instead if the electricity didn’t work?
If you lived in a place (or time) that did not have electricity, how would your life be different?


(no book this month)


The Name Jar, by Yangsook Choi

Do you know what your name means?
Do other people find it hard to pronounce? How do you explain or help them?
Why do you think Unhei chose to keep her name?

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Which Side Are You On?, by George Ella Lyon

Mining is a difficult job, and it’s very hard on the body. What are some other hard jobs? Do they pay well? Who does them?
Why are people shooting at the family’s house?
What does the question “Which side are you on?” mean? Why is the song important?


We Are All Born Free: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures, by Amnesty International

(this is a long book with big thoughts -- the reader may want to choose a handful of articles and discuss them more heavily, and leave the rest for another time)

How are these rights reflected in your school or in your city?
Do you know of any instances where these rights were not upheld? (People treated unfairly or hurt or not allowed to be free)
What happens when these rights and rules are broken? How can we help to make it right?

1 comment:

  1. I had the privilege to read "
    Rolling Along: [u]The Story of Taylor and His Wheelchair[u/], by Jamee Riggio Heelan to a 1st grade class yesterday. It was well received and it opened their eyes to exactly why we have things like ramps at intersection curbs,l low-level drinking fountains and ramps that parallel stairways at many buildings, as well as doors that open up to the touch of a switch near doors.

    I have been doing this for awhile now and I always enjoy see the light of comprehension click in the children's eyes as I read the stories to them. I am also surprised at some of the answers I get during the question and answer periods that follow the reading.

    I have never been one to equate a lack of experience with intelligence. These children are at the age where they will learn more rapidly than they will in any other point in their lives, and being the source of some degree of positive influence upon their young minds is worth the very uncomfortable commute from south Alameda County to the Castro District.

    I have been doing this for about two years now and I look forward to doing this for many more years. Thanks for making this possible.

    Joanne Hook


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