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If you read Yeh-Shen or Wishbones...
... investigate the culture of ancient China.
In the stories about Yeh-Shen, the villagers are invited to a festival given by the king. Investigate other holidays and festivals celebrated in China. Learn about the types of entertainment and food that would be at the different festivals and write down what you learn, so that you can share examples with the class. Assignment adapted from Artsedge.
Red eggs and dragon boats : celebrating Chinese festivals by
Call Number: 394.26 Ste
Publication Date: 1994
A book about favorite festivals celebrated by Chinese people throughout the world, including stories, customs, and recipes for holiday treats.
Asian holidays by
Call Number: 394.2 Win
Publication Date: 1996
Briefly describes eight festivals celebrated by Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese, including various New Year's festivals, Ch'ing Ming, and Buddha's birthday.
If you read Rhodopsis or The Egyptian Cinderella...
... investigate the culture of ancient Egypt.
The story of The Egyptian Cinderella begins with Rhodopis being kidnapped as a child by pirates from her home in Greece. Map out the route that the pirates must have taken from Greece to the Nile River in Egypt. Find pictures of famous Egyptian landmarks that Rhodopis might have passed or encountered; be sure to tell what they are and why they're famous! Assignment adapted from Artsedge.
Ms. Frizzle's adventures : ancient Egypt by
Call Number: 932 Col
Publication Date: 2001
Ms. Frizzle and her tour group are transported to ancient Egypt, where they learn about the pyramids, mummification, flooding of the Nile, and other aspects of life in Egypt long ago.
If you read The Rough-Face Girl or Little Burnt Face...
Investigate the culture of the Algonquin the Native American people.
One Native American tribe which tells a version of the Rough-Faced Girl story is the Algonquins. Algonquians lived in wigwams, and all of their belongings came from nature. Research the Algonquian Indians, and make a model of their village. Be sure to label each part!
Call Number: 690.8 Pre
Publication Date: 2005
Presents information on Native American dwellings called wickiups, and includes descriptions of what they are, how they are made, who lived in them, and how they were built into villages.
Use the following resources for your research:
Algonquin Fact Sheet
Kidport Reference Library
The Canadian Encyclopedia (scroll down to find information about the Algonquin tribe)
The Northeast Indians : daily life in the 1500s by
Call Number: 974.004 Adi
Publication Date: 2006
A children's book for early readers that describes the social structure and traditions of the Indians of the Northeast during the 1500s including their homes, clothing, food, and more.