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Water Castle Library Scavenger Hunt

Posted by on Jun 9, 2013 in * Grades 06-09, * Grades 10-12, Action Adventure, Event Kit, Fantasy, Kinetic Literacy, Library Tour | 4 comments

Reader Engagement Project: A Library Scavenger Hunt for Book Clubs, Summer Reading, Library Sleep Overs, Vacation Programs, Library Orientation, and Catalog Lessons. Do you believe in the unbelievable? The acclaimed middle grade novel, The Water Castle follows three kids as they attempt to unravel the clues that may lead to the fabled Fountain of Youth.  This event kit leads your young patrons on their own journey of discovery with a series of clues on beautifully illustrated cards.  The clues takes patrons through the shelves of your library with you deciding both the locations of the clues and purpose of this flexible event. The kit includes: • Detailed preparation list • Clue cards to reproduce • Thematic giveaway template • Event poster and marketing copy for public events Tools for Engagement: • Download the Library Scavenger Hunt for The Water Castle (PDF) • Download The Water Castle Educator’s Guide by author Megan Frazer Blakemore (PDF) Best Users: Public Children’s Librarians, Elementary and Middle School Librarians Best Audience: Children Grades 6-9, Grades 10-12 Based on the Book: The Water Castle By Megan Frazer Blakemore With illustrations by Jim Kay Published by Walker Books for Young Readers ISBN: 978-0-8027-2839-5 , Hardcover, $16.99 Ages 9-14 Find a copy of the book: Amazon | B&N | IndieBound | Local...

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Starry River of the Sky: Interactive Read Aloud & Game for Events

Posted by on Oct 15, 2012 in * Grades 00-02, * Grades 03-06, Ancient China, Event Kit, Fantasy, Kinetic Literacy | 0 comments

Reader Engagement Project: Create an Event with an Interactive Read Aloud and Game Based on Chinese Myth Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) follows the boy Rendi as he evolves from an angry runaway stranded in a forsaken Chinese village without friends (or the desire to make friends) to a boy who rescues that village by trusting himself and others. Rendi becomes that hero by listening to ancient stories and by telling his own. Like Grace Lin’s related Newbery Honor novel, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, the stories within this novel seem only to be a sweet distraction until they coalesce into the answers our hero Rendi needs to save the village. Many of the stories tell of why the sun and moon hang in the sky and what can happen when their balance is disturbed. This interactive read-aloud and follow-up game features one of those ancient stories and rewards readers with a glow-in-the-dark sticker that can represent for them the sun, the moon, and how their places in the sky effect our traditional stories and the story of Starry River of the Sky. The Interactive Read-Aloud allows you to read aloud from the first ancient story told in the book while using the whole audience for sound effects. The script will also prompt you to use members of the audience and some simple props to tell the story of a hero who shoots multiple suns from the sky. The Game allows all the attendees to participate post-reading in a simple tossing of a rice-filled arrow onto a sun target. They can be rewarded with glow-in-the-dark stickers that you can order free of charge (while supplies last) here. (This event kit was designed by Curious City.  The sticker was designed by Curious City and Marty Braun Design. ) Tools for Engagement: • Download “Six Suns” An Interactive Read-Aloud and Game (PDF) • Discover Other Post-Read Activities related to Starry River of the Sky Best Users: Booksellers, Public Children’s Librarians, School Librarians, 3-6 Classrooms, Chinese Schools, Cultural Organizations Best Audience: Children Grades 3-6 Based on the Book: Starry River of the Sky By Grace Lin Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Available in Hardcover & eBook Ages 7 and up Find a copy of the book: Amazon | B&N | IndieBound | Local Library    ...

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Starry River of the Sky: Art, Astronomy, Math, History, and Mythology Activities

Posted by on Oct 14, 2012 in Ancient China, Arts & Crafts, Fantasy, Mathematics, Mythology, Science | 0 comments

Reader Engagement Project: A Series of Activities from Art to Math to Engage Readers Post Read Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) is the story of the boy Rendi, who runs away from his family only to find himself in a village where the moon has disappeared.  Each night, instead of seeing the moon, Rendi is troubled by mournful moans that only he can hear.  The only thing that distracts Rendi are the stories of Madame Chang.  Are there hidden meanings in these tales that will explain the moon’s disappearance?  Will Rendi discover them and restore the balance? These activities from Art to Math play with themes and story to create a deeper experience for readers. (All activities designed by Curious City in partnership with Grace Lin.) ______________________________________________________________________ The Noxious Toad: A Lantern Craft Activity The book features many of the moon myths and symbols that are celebrated at Mid-Autumn Moon Festival–a festival that is lit by paper lanterns.  As toads make appearances at many points in the book (both symbolizing the moon and other elements of the story), we designed a paper lantern craft that glows like a noxious toad! DOWNLOAD The Noxious Toad: A Lantern Craft Activity VIEW a Step-by-Step Guide to the Craft ______________________________________________________________________ Half-Moon Well: A Math Activity Some might say that math is also hard work or a chore, but others would tell you that math is an intriguing puzzle embedded in everything we do. Puzzle out how hard Rendi worked as a chore boy to lose those “tofu” hands. DOWNLOAD Half-Moon Well: A Math Activity   ______________________________________________________________________ Carry Forward the Light: A Hidden Meaning Activity Grace Lin was mesmerized by the hidden meanings of words, symbols, names, and even animals in Chinese culture. In creating her own stories, Grace hid meaning in her own words, symbols, names, and even animals. Even the names of her characters have secret meanings!  Figure out the meaning of each Starry River of the Sky character with this activity. DOWNLOAD Carry Forward the Light: A Hidden Meaning Activity ______________________________________________________________________ Palace of the Sun & Moon: An Astronomy Activity Madame Chang tells many stories about the sun and the moon at the Inn of Clear Sky, just as people throughout history have told stories to explain the rising and the setting of the sun and the waxing and waning of the moon. These ancient stories combine excellent observations of the skies with wonderful storytelling. Can you use your knowledge of modern astronomy or read books from the library to explain what is happening in Madame Chang’s stories? DOWNLOAD Palace of the Sun & Moon: An Astronomy Activity ______________________________________________________________________ Day of Five Poisons: An Art & Symbolism Activity The Starry River of the Sky opens on The Day of Five Poisons, one of the most dangerous days in ancient China. The day was observed on the fifth day of the fifth month and marked the beginning of summer when villagers were most vulnerable to poisonous animals, insects, and disease. A common protection from the Five Poisons were charms that were hung about your neck or nailed to the your house. Create your own Five Poison Charm! DOWNLOAD Day of Five Poisons: An Art & Symbolism Activity Tools for Engagement: ● DOWNLOAD The Noxious Toad: A Lantern Craft Activity ● VIEW a Step-by-Step Guide to the A Lantern Craft Activity ● DOWNLOAD Half-Moon Well: A Math Activity ● DOWNLOAD Carry Forward the Light: A Hidden Meaning Activity ● DOWNLOAD Palace of the Sun & Moon: An Astronomy Activity ● DOWNLOAD Day of Five Poisons: An Art & Symbolism Activity • Download “Six Suns” An Interactive Read-Aloud and Game (PDF) Best Users: Booksellers, Public Children’s Librarians, School Librarians, 3-6 Classrooms, Chinese Schools, Cultural...

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