The context (from Law and Murder by Mindy Klasky ):
Coraline offers a very imaginative feature for children in upper elementary grades. It has very detailed, and descriptive mannerisms that really engage the reader. Although, it can also be scary, so i would not recommend this for younger grades. This book can relate to children because it is given from a child's perspective in moving to a new house, and making new friends, which many children may experience. Vocabulary scavenger hunts would be a fun activity for this books, as would sequencing segments from the book and putting them in the correct order. Character traits would be another activity to work on with this book.
Grade Level: 3-5th
Lexile Measure: 740L
Grade Level: K-2nd
Summary: The Fortune Tellers is about a carpenter who thought his life would stay the same. So he often wondered, hmmm. What will my fortune hold? He then goes to a fortune teller to see what his fortune is, which eventually comes true.
Idea: The Fortune Tellers introduces a series of cause and effect relationships. It also introduces vocabulary that many children may not have encountered yet. I will most definitely be using this book for a lesson on context clues. A fun activity that I would like to include with this book would be writing to your future self. We would not so much be telling our fortunes, but instead seeing where we want to be in the near future.
I love this book for the message! "The Empty Pot", by Demi, is a great story to read when talking about honesty and how always telling the truth is best. In the story, the Emperor is looking for someone to replace him for when he is too old. He gives out seeds to all the children and sends them on their way to plant them and grow their seeds for one year. After a year, Ping, the main character in the story, has tried and tried to get his seeds to grow only to be left with an empty pot. Why didn't his seeds grow? When it was time to meet the Emperor, Ping had to present his empty pot while all the other children had beautiful flowers flowing out of their pots. Ping was upset, but the Emperor chose his pot because the seeds he had given the children were all cooked which mean they would not sprout. This showed Pings honesty and he was chosen as the next in line for the throne. It is always best to tell the truth and be honest about any situation, because honesty will usually keep you out of trouble. Another lesson that could be introduced is how seeds grow and how a cooked seed will not grow. The students could then plant their own seeds to grow in the classroom and watch how they sprout. They could also spent time observing plants and learning parts of a plant. This book could be used in several different ways.