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The Way to School

Second Story Press 2015. 32 pages
First published: 2015
ISBN: 9781927583784 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 372
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:

“Did you know that lots and lots of kids around the world would love to go to school but can’t?” Despite a bad day now and again, this book emphasizes that pupils who have easy access to education would miss school if they could never attend. Due to poverty, natural disasters, geographical distance, transportation challenges, lack of drinking water or insufficient equipment, many school-aged children must surmount improbable odds in order to be able to learn. Playful, not preachy, the book outlines the incredible feats accomplished by students who are determined to claim their right to education. After all, “sometimes the only way to school is around a mountain … through a long tunnel … or over a high cliff!”

The accompanying colour photographs situate students in China, Nepal, Myanmar, Colombia, Indonesia or even Canada’s Far North. Smiling, dauntless children, many of them neatly uniformed, tote bags, backpacks and even a desk as they make their way across perilous rivers, hang on to ziplines, straddle a water buffalo or perch on a tall ladder: scaling, wading, paddling or hiking their way to school.

Created by the Plan International children’s charity, the jacket flap briefly details the not-for-profit organization’s activities in 70 different countries.

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    Look at some teacher-selected images of schools from different continents and countries. Discuss how these schools are similar to and different from yours. How might these children get to school in different ways than you do?

  •  As you read, discuss the images. Make a list of the different ways children get to school.
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    What would be your preferred way to get to school? Write about why you would like to come to school that way.

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    Discuss different ways that people get to school.

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    As the book is read aloud, discuss the pictures. Make a class list about ways of getting to school.

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    On a world map, identify where the featured countries are located. From the way the children are going to school, make inferences about the geography of their country.

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    Think of alternate ways of going to school in your area. Try one out. Take a picture of yourself going to school in various ways and create a class book in the same style.

  • To construct his/her identity
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Geography, History and Citizenship