Logo Title Quebec Reading Connection

Bicycles

Petty, Kate (Author)
Quarto 2007. 32 pages
First published: 2006
Series: Around the World
ISBN: 9781845075545 (paperback)
Original language: English
Dewey: 629.227
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

point of view, 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

Description:

There are all sorts of bicycles in the world and many reasons for using them. Grandma Rose cycles to market to sell her milk because “It’s easier to carry heavy things on a bike.” Kenyan boys hop a taxi-bike across the river to get home from school. Tomasa uses hers to spin thread for weaving.

One of a series of four books published in association with Oxfam, this informative, appealing collection of vibrant photographs depicts people from Vietnam, Australia, Guatemala and elsewhere, and uses large font, straightforward text and a familiar topic to introduce readers to the commonalities of diverse cultures. Colourful dialogue bubbles below the main text of each double-page spread give the characters a unique voice and help extend the narrative.

The book ends with a simple world map identifying the country of origin of every character that makes an appearance.

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    Discuss bicycles and the different ways they are used in the book. Can you think of any other uses? Share whether you have a bike, and where you like to ride it.

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    Think/pair/share: What are the advantages and disadvantages of riding a bike rather than using other modes of transportation?

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    Make a list of things you should not do on a bike.

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    Give advice to someone who is learning to ride a bike. What safety measures should you take when riding?

  •  

    Discuss bicycles and the different ways they are used in the book. Can you think of any other uses? Share whether you have a bike, and where you like to ride it.

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    Use a similar page format to write about people you know who travel by bicycle.

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    Think/pair/share: What are the advantages and disadvantages of riding a bike rather than using other modes of transportation?

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    Discuss the rules and regulations for bicycle safety in our country/province. Which activities from the book would be acceptable; which would not?

  • To communicate appropriately
  • To construct his/her identity
  • To use information
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Physical Education and Health
  • Off to Class (S. Hughes)
    A School Like Mine (P. Smith)
    Children Just Like Me (B. Kindersley)