The remainder of this section is a time for general sharing
by all of book titles, ideas, and teaching strategies.
Start off by sharing some of the materials and strategies
The Boy Who Ran with the Gazelles. This
interesting story about a feral boy shows no country of
origin and it’s impossible to tell in which country it
might have happened. It is clearly an Arab country and
clearly takes place is desert and semi-arid areas. It could
easily have taken place in Tunisia – there is nothing in
the book that COULDN’T have taken place in Tunisia. This
gives us an opportunity for an Inquiry project in which
students prove or disprove that the story could have taken
place in Tunisia. (This instructional strategy also works
for a number of stories that take place in Maine, which
is part of Acadia.) This idea is developed in two versions
in Appendix XXXIV, entitled The Boy Who Ran with
the Gazelles - Question: Could this story have taken place
in Tunisia? Filename Boy Who Ran with Gazelles.doc.
In the Heart of the Village: The World of the
Indian Banyan Tree. This intriguing book shows
how the people in an Indian village adapt to the environment
of the banyan tree. The document entitled Children’s
Literature in Grade 3 Social Studies: Adapting to the
Environment, filename Environment
Gr 3.doc in Appendix XXXV gives related book titles
and suggested activities for use of this book.
Research Project for Language Arts and Social
Studies: Animals of Tunisia, Peru, India and Ukraine.
This document, in Appendix XXXVI, filename Animal
Reports Gr 3.doc provides a chance for students
to follow their interests in animals and focuses where
possible on animals that have cultural significance for
Important Book. This timeless book provides
a perfect model for distilling the essence of things. It’s
a great model for writing in the younger grades. See Appendix
XXXVII, document entitled The Important Book, filename The
Important Book.doc for a writing page for young students.
Stories of Canada’s Past – Grade 5. We
are lucky to have quite a few very good stories about Canada’s
past. Many of these are in the box collection, including
the wide selection in Spirit of Canada.
Appendix XXXIII, entitled Stories of Canada’s Past
– Grade 5, filename Stories
of Canada's Past Gr 5.doc provides a table for the retrieval and comparison
of some of the data to be found in these stories. Other
titles that could be used in this activity include:
- Silver Threads
- Maria Chapdelaine
- Belle of Batoche
This grid could be filled in by students individually,
in pairs, or on a class wall chart. A similar activity
could be done with the many fine novels available that
are set in historical Canada.