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Z Is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet

Napier, Matt (Author)
Rose, Melanie (Illustrator)
Sleeping Bear Press 2003. 40 pages
First published: 2002
ISBN: 9781585362387 (paperback)
9781585360659 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 796.962
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

structures and features

Award

The Forest of Reading – The Blue Spruce Award Winner – 2003

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:

“F is for the forward who likes to skate quite fast./He loves to pass as well as shoot to score a goal at last.” From Arena to Zamboni, and everything in between, this volume is an excellent primer for hockey fans or for children about to attend their first hockey game.

Each letter of the alphabet uses a clever rhyme to introduce a fact about the sport, its heroes or historical highlights, while providing in-depth information in the margins for those wishing to know a bit extra about protective equipment, the Stanley Cup, Wayne Gretzky and more.

Bold acrylic artwork depicts professional players and referees in action, as well as youngsters playing the game.

An author’s note on the dedication page explains that the Canadian spelling of selected words (e.g. defenceman over defenseman) is meant to pay homage to the origins of the game.

  •  

    Survey the class to find out how many students figure skate or play hockey or ringette. Divide the class into three groups. Debate the merits of these sports.

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    Research any sport. Choose a lesser-known piece of equipment associated with that sport (e.g. F is for flippers, S is for shin guards). Write a few paragraphs about how they are made and how they are used in the sport. Compile the information into a class book.

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    Research the history of Canadian hockey and The Habs. List key facts on a poster.

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    Before turning each page, brainstorm for hockey words that might be associated with the next letter. Shout “We scored!” everytime you predict correctly.

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    Choose a letter of the alphabet. Read the sidebar information about the hockey word and share three facts with the class. 

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    Choose a word associated with a sport other than hockey and write a short poem to explain it.

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