Specific Novel & Picture Book Activities - "R"
by Suhaib Hamid Ghazi
read aloud grade 1, readability grade 4
Ramadan is an excellent resource that explains the lives of Muslims, not only during their most important holiday Ramadan, but also throughout the rest of the year. Many interesting facts about Muslims are revealed as the story brings readers into the lives of Hakeem and his family. In addition to the text, the illustrations of Omar Rayyan are beautiful, intricate, and reflect the Islamic artistic style. There is also a useful glossary of terms that are brought up in the book.
When looking at each of the illustrations, there is usually an intricate border around it. Use these pages or find some other examples of borders on Islamic texts and art work. Ask students to carefully look at them and discuss what makes this style unique. Have students make some borders of their own imitating this style. Use fine black markers to make the outlines and use light colours to fill them in.
The Rascally Cake
by Jeanne Willis
read aloud grade 1, readability grade 3
Rufus Skumskins O'Parsley is disgusting; his house is disgusting, his clothes are disgusting, and his food of choice is disgusting. One morning he gets the idea to make an extra special cake that will be his most disgusting creation yet. Imagine his surprise when the cake comes alive and sees him as dessert instead. Kids will love this poetic story because it's gross and Korky Paul's illustrations are highly detailed. You can spend at least five minutes looking at the details of each page!
Make a disgusting cake. What you need:
- 1 package of chocolate cake
- 1 container of pre-made chocolate frosting
- 2 packages of gummi worms
- 1 package of Oreo cookies
What to do:
- Make chocolate cake, following the directions on the box.
- Spread icing over the cake.
- Crush half of the Oreo cookies with a fork or a rolling pin and sprinkle on the cake to look like soil.
- Place some of the gummi worms on top of the cake and place some as though they are crawling out of the cake.
- Crush the rest of the cookies and sprinkle on top.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police
by Mark Tetro
read aloud kindergarten, readability grade one
This beautiful book, by the artist Mark Tetro, explains the history of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who have helped create and protect the country of Canada that exists today. Additionally, this book recounts the story of Canada as it took its first steps as a country. A valuable resource in the classroom that is easy to read and would be very appealing to young readers.
Eventually, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police had outposts built all over the Canada from coast to coast to coast. These outposts were modeled after the fur trading posts that were built out of the vast number of trees that were available for the fur trading companies. Use the drawing in this book and/or pictures from the web sites below to make an outpost. Lay down and glue popsicle sticks together or glue them together standing up in the formation of a building. To make it easier for young children, you can get small boxes and have them glue the popsicle sticks all around the box. When the glue dries paint the building with brown paint.
- The Hudson's Bay Company:
- The Hudson's Bay Company at Fort Victoria