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CHAPTER ONE
 
   

Classroom Extensions

  • What would you have done if you had been the one to find the travel chest?
  • Do you know anyone--a family member, friend or classmate--who speaks a different language? Ask that person how to say and write these words from the story: squirrel, grandma, treasure, clothes. If you don't know someone, get a language dictionary in the library for a language you would like to speak, and look up those words. Share them with your classmates.
  • Many people from non-English speaking countries learn English, but few Americans learn to speak another language. Do you think it is important to learn other languages? Why or why not?
  • If you like to play dress up, what is your favorite outfit and why?
  • How would you have illustrated this chapter differently than the artist did? Draw your own picture and send it to nie@nieworld.com for possible publication on the Web.

Newspaper Activity

Newspaper reporters and editors are professional writers who must communicate clearly and effectively. By reading the newspaper you can find a valuable source of writing ideas, writing models and potential topics. Find one newspaper article written in a style you admire, and then find one you don't like as much. Using elements of the style you admire, re-write the second article until you are satisfied with how it appears. Ask family members or classmates to react to your changes and improvements. (Sunshine State Standard LA.B.1.2.2)

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15

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