Join us once a month to view our top picks for the month in children’s literature. There are so many amazing books out there and we are excited to explore, with you, just a small portion of what is available. Each month we will spotlight two books, a chapter book and a picture book, that we feel are among the best for your children. We will also give you ideas of how to use these books in the classroom.
A Sick Day for Amos McGee
Friends come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In Amos McGee’s case, all sorts of species, too! Every day he spends a little bit of time with each of his friends at the zoo, running races with the tortoise, keeping the shy penguin company, and even reading bedtime stories to the owl. But when Amos is too sick to make it to the zoo, his animal friends decide it’s time they returned the favor.
In the classroom:
These blogs give some fun lesson plans and ideas for activities to do in correlation with reading “A Sick Day for Amos McGee.”
Written by Lois Lowry
Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now it’s time for Jonah to receive the truth. There is no turning back.
In the Classroom:
With the new motion picture out in theaters one way you can talk about this magnificent book is to compare and contrast. Read the book and then see the movie. What was the same? What was different? Did the message change?
Here are some other ideas to use in correlation with reading this book:
- Scholastic offers a free lesson plan for “The Giver.”
- Walden Media lists 7 creative ideas for the classroom.