From May 11 – May 22, we will be sharing one story as a school. Each day we will read the same chapters. Try not to read ahead! To go along with those chapters, we have three events: 1) a daily conversation prompt for the entire family; 2) a theme; and 3) an activity or video from MPSA staff that extends the theme.
We hope everyone will read along and try our shared activities. This webpage will update daily with activities!
Need a copy of the book? Physical copies may be purchased (and delivered) from Arlington bookstore, One More Page, or Amazon. For those who prefer to support our libraries, Arlington Public Library has both e- and audio book options. Best of all, it is available for free as an audiobook in Junior Library Guild through the end of May.
Just go to: https://jlg.ipublishcentral.com/
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CALENDAR OF CHAPTERS & EVENTS
Week 1: May 11-15
|Date/Event||Mon., May 11||Tues., May 12||Wed., May 13||Thurs., May 14||Fri., May 15|
|Read or Listen to:||Chapters 1-3||Chapters 4-8||Chapters 9-13||Chapters 14-16||Chapters 17-20|
|Conversation Prompt||Has someone ever either mispronounced your name or called you by a wrong name? How did that make you feel?||If you could give one piece of advice to either Ravi or Joe, what would it be?||What skill would you be proud to show in front of a group of people?||Do you agree that “the eyes are the window to the world?”||Why do you think people can sometimes be superstitious, believing in ideas that cannot be proven by science?|
|Theme/Topic||Welcome||Perspective Taking||Music & Writing||Assumptions||Sportsmanship|
As you read, keep a family reading journal that lists other books or stories this one reminds you of and why. The authors refer to Christopher Paul Curtis’ Bud, Not Buddy often. Would you want to read it next?
|Imagine you are Joe’s mom in the cafeteria. How do you think you would feel about what is happening? Why?||
Just as Ravi assumed he knew his definition of “assimilate” was correct, as readers, we know that many of Ravi’s assumptions about Dillon’s feelings towards him are not correct.
What are your clues from Joe’s chapters that Dillon may or may not be what he seems?
How do you know when you can trust a new friend?
At MPSA, we do not do “school-yard pick” when building teams in PE. That IS what happens at Einstein Elementary in our book. Why might teachers let kids pick their own teams? What are the advantages and disadvantages (pro/con) of choosing this way?
Week 2: May 18-22
|Date/Event||Mon., May 18||Tues., May 19||Wed., May 20||Thurs., May 21||Fri., May 22|
|Read or Listen to:||Chapters 21-25||Chapters 26-29||Chapters 30-38||Chapters 39-49||Celebration!|
|Conversation Prompt||What could have happened if Ravi decided to choose one of things he wanted to do in Chapter 23? Which would you have chosen?||“Quitting is not an option”. Is that always good advice?||Choose a family member or a friend – tell them what one possession of theirs would you choose to represent them? Is this the same one they would choose?||Do you think it was okay for Ravi and Joe to use the leeches for revenge?|
|Theme/Topic||Bullying||Intergenerational Support||The Other Side||Comfort Food||What Makes You, You?|
|Activity||Message from Ms. Reeser||
Learn something new about one of your grown-ups at home.
Share with each other in writing or in a drawing what you most love about one another.
LEM/UEM: Write a brief chapter from Dillon’s perspective on what it was like getting to school on that Friday morning.
Primary: Thinking about Joe’s blue M&M, what object and statement best represent you?
Create your own personal glossary, like in the back of the book. Why are these words representative of what makes YOU, YOU?
Share your glossary in the Library folder of your Seesaw class.