The Sandwich Swap by Kelly DiPucchio
- Author: Kelly DiPucchio
- Illustrator: Tricia Tusa
- Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide
- Copyright Date: September 23, 2010
- Type of book: Easy Picture Book
Ideas for the Classroom:
Students will be asked to make a list of all the things they like to do with their friends. From this, they will be asked to choose one word from the list they created and write about it while illustrating their story. Each student will be asked to share aloud their story and the teacher is able to take each student's story and create a book for their own classroom library.
When working with graphs, students will be asked to create a class graph based upon their favorite things to do with their friends. After the chart is complete, the teacher is able to hang this around the room for students to look at throughout the year. This will give students a good perspective of things in common that everyone in the class likes to do when they are with their friends.
Students will be asked to make finger puppets. They will need to color and cut out the pictures of Saima and Lily. After this, they should attach a strip of paper onto the back of each picture to make it a finger puppet. To elaborate more on this, students could be asked to complete a puppet show demonstrating their understanding of the text they read.
I honestly do not have any concerns when reading this book. It sometimes is hard to address multicultural studies within an elementary classroom; however, it can be done through picture books. Students of all ages are able to comprehend what the story is about and not only that, but it allows children to realize that something they think they may not like ends up being awesome! This is one of the main lessons this story tells, which I believe is a great lesson for all students to learn.
Same, Same but Different by Jenny Sue Kostoecki-Shaw
- Author & Illustrator: Jenny Sue Kostoecki-Shaw
- Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
- Copyright Date: September 13, 2011
- Types of book: Easy Picture Book
Make a mask like Elliot's peacock mask! Cut a paper plate in half and cut two holes for the eyes. Students are able to decorate their masks with markers if they choose to do so. Attach feathers or colored paper to the top of the mask. Finally, attach two strings to the back of the mask so that the children can tie it on.
Have children send cards or letters to United States troops around the world. Make cards with children's first names and your organization's names and send them all in one large envelope.
Have children decorate a paper bag to make a "mailbox". Then, have each child write a pen pal letter with a few facts about themselves, their world, and their family. While the students are out of the room, put a letter into each mailbox. After the kids read their letter, let them guess who sent it to them.
Blue Jasmine by Kashmira Sheth
- Author: Kashmira Sheth
- Publisher: Hyperion
- Copyright Date: June 10, 2004
- Type of Book: Easy Chapter Book
Make at least ten prints of a variety of flora and fauna in your neighborhood. Use plant guides or the internet to identify their species. Students will put their work in a folder to collect as the seasons change.
Make a list of at lease twenty slang words (all appropriate for school) or idioms that a person learning English as a second language might have difficulty understanding like Seema did with "you left the barn door wide open on that one!"
Research the passive resistance movement that the Gandhiji's promoted during their lifetime. Make a timeline of their lives and work and important milestones in their personal and public lives.