Logo Title Quebec Reading Connection

School Days Around the World

Ruurs, Margriet (Author)
Feagan, Alice (Illustrator)
Kids Can Press 2015. 40 pages
First published: 2015
ISBN: 9781771380478 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 371
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

point of view

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:

Fourteen youngsters from around the world are featured in colourful illustrated spreads. Tamatoa and his classmates learn the traditional dance of his island home in the South Pacific. Johannes learns sailing at his boarding school in Germany. Brief language spotlights a few key aspects of every child’s day.

Young readers may be surprised that Marta’s class in Ethiopia comprises as many as 70 students. All 500 students leave at midday, to allow an additional group of 500 to use the school in the afternoon. In contrast, sisters Amy and Gwen are the only students, as homeschoolers in Alaska.

Bright cut-paper illustrations use simple shapes with fine textures to depict regional clothing, landscapes and other interesting details. In one image, Shanika sits cross-legged by her Cree language textbook. In another, a shuttlecock whizzes over the net, as Lu and his friends play badminton in Shanghai.

Both language and image offer rich opportunities for discussion and comparison with readers’ own lives. Introductory spreads include a world map of locations, circled by smiling portraits of all the children. Back material provides a glossary of foreign words and some suggested activities.

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    How do you imagine that school might be different or the same around the world? Compare your ideas with information you learn as you read.

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    Reread the book, focusing on one part of school life (such as transportation or food). Discuss the different experiences children have in this regard.

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    Which school from the book would you prefer to attend? Write about and draw your ideal school.

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    Work together to make a page about your school in the same style as the book.

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    Brainstorm what you know about schools. Note the information on a class list.

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    As the book is read aloud, compare school days in other countries with your reality. Note information that pertains to your school and add it to the class list.

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    As a class, imagine a typical school day. Use it as a model for creating your own version of a school day. Refer to the class list for ideas. Include something special that you do in school. Add pictures in the same style.

  • To communicate appropriately
  • To construct his/her identity
  • To use information
  • Citizenship and Community Life