Monday, December 12, 2011
Written and Illustrated by Barbara Cooney
Summary: Miss. Rumphius, written and illustrated by Barbara Cooney is an American Book Award winning book that should be a staple in every classroom. Alice Rumphius is a young girl living in America with her grandfather who is an artist. He tells her that he must do something to make the world more beautiful. Although Alice does not understand it at the time, she accepts the challenge. Once Alice is grown up, she moves away and decides to plant flowers around her beach house she is living in. By the time the next spring comes around, Miss. Rumphius is very ill. However, her flowers still bloom and she longs to plant more the next year, unfortunately she is still unable to. When she finally felt better she went for a walk and upon the hill that she had not been on in almost a year, her favorite flower that she planted around her house, lupins, were blooming all over! Miss. Rumphius discovered how she was going to make the world a more beautiful place in honor of her promise to her grandfather; she would plant lupines all over town! Years later her granddaughter listens to the stories she tells of the lupines. Miss. Rumphius carries on the tradition and tells her granddaughter that she too must do something beautiful to make the world more beautiful.
Element Five: Miss. Rumphius very easily relates to element six, taking social action. Miss. Rumphius is told from when she was a little girl that she needed to do something to make the world more beautiful. Although it took her years to figure it out, she discovered that planting flowers and helping the environment is how she was going to do this task. She not only helped the environment but did something that she loved and something that her neighborhood loved. She also passed the tradition on to her granddaughter to do something different to make the world beautiful when she becomes an adult. Helping the environment is something very important in today's world. Having our students help out and understand the concept is even more important. Miss. Rumphius did not have to do this environmentally friendly action, she chose to; and that is what we need to instill in our students heads. That doing something nice whether it be for the environment or not, should not be something you are told to do, but something you want to do.
Activity: There are numerous activities that can be created as a post lesson to reading Miss. Rumphius. to give one example, we can have the students begin with a class discussion if they or their families have ever engaged in any type of social action or movement to help the environment and what they do at home to help the environment. Once we have this discussion the teacher will distribute seeds of flowers that the students will take outside and plant in the school yard. The will be responsible for the life of this flower. When the flower is planted they will write or discuss why they think planting flowers is important for our Earth and what they plan to do in the future to continue helping our environment.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Grade Level:4th and 5th Grade
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Summary: In this book are motivating and inspiring stories from children engaged in social justice. They are engaged and are helping out in areas such as: human rights, people who suffered from earthquakes, and political activism. This book shows that it does not matter what age you are, if you want change you can make it happen. In the beginning of the book the author gives ways of how to get started on a project. Overall an informative book that encourages children that no matter what age you are, you can go out there and make a difference. In the book a child stated how activism isn't just a project, it's a way of life.
Element 6: This book pertains to element 6 because it shows real life examples of kids of different ages going out in the world and making a difference. In this book there are tips and strategies to help children get involved. It lays down the foundation of getting started and thinking of different areas that children can choose to get involved. For example, brainstorm problems. Also shows that any problem-doesn't matter the size-is important.
Activity: After students have finished reading the book, we will go over the steps presented in this book on how to get involved. Students may get different ideas in this book from reading other children's stories of social justice. Students will brainstorm ideas on the board of things that interest them and want to help out. When the list is done I will ask children to put their name to one that inspires them the most. If more than one student is interested in a topic, I will put those students in a group. As a class we will do the steps together. When all the steps are completed, I will ask the students to do a presentation of their topic and how they helped out. During this process I will ask students (if they can) take pictures of them during this process. At the end we will create a board that is called Social Justice-make it happen.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Author: L.L. Buller and Boy Scouts of America