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A School Like Mine: A Unique Celebration of Schools Around the World

Smith, Penny (Author)
Shalev, Zahavit (Author)
DK 2007. 80 pages
First published: 2007
ISBN: 9780756629137 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 305
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

multimodal, point of view, setting, structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

This dynamic reference book allows children to discover school life in different parts of the world.

Organized by continent, each section provides a map, a brief overview of the continent and profiles of students between the ages of 9 and 12 from various countries within that continent. Each student profile includes a short introduction to the child, including a bit of context about his or her home life, and sections depicting a typical day at school in that country, such as descriptions of meals served at lunch, subjects learned in class and recess games. The large format of the book allows for many large and bright photographs to illustrate each profile, which makes it easy for children to delve into the lives of their peers around the world. The photos are accompanied by short descriptive paragraphs of the various subjects covered.

Appropriately, sales of the book benefit UNICEF. The book features an introduction from soccer superstar David Beckham. Readers are given the opportunity to compare and contrast the lives of their peers in other parts of world and to reflect on how the experience of learning connects them in one global community.

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    Compare one of the schools in another part of the world to your school. Find the similarities and differences, and record them on a graphic organizer.

  •  

    Choose a pupil from the book, and describe your school and the activities you do (in first person narrative). Share with the class.

  •  

    Make a list of the advantages and disadvantages of wearing a uniform to school.

  •  Research UNICEF’s School-in-a-Box program. Present your findings.
  •  

    Identify the featured continents and countries on a map. Which one is yours? Discuss places you’ve visited and a place you would like to visit after reading about some of the students.

  •  

    Create a page about yourself to add to the book. Include a variety of fact categories (school building, transportation to school, schedules, subjects, activities/sports, homework, special celebrations, etc.).

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    Complete a Venn diagram to show how you are similar to and different from a student in the book.

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    Research UNICEF’s School-in-a-Box program. What do you discover? Present your findings.

  •  With a partner, select a student and place from the table of contents. Notice how the page is organized to share information about the student and their school life.
  •  Find a creative way to share information about school life in a country not found in this book. Why do you think some countries were not chosen?
  •  Create a two-page spread for the end of the book that highlights similarities in school experiences around the world.
  • To communicate appropriately
  • To construct his/her identity
  • To exercise critical judgment
  • To use information
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Geography, History and Citizenship
  • Personal Development