Friday, February 24, 2012

Giant Steps to Change the World

Happy Friday, good reader.
The Queen here with an inspirational book this week written by Mr and Mrs Lee. Giant Steps to Change the World is a book that will need parental or instructional involvement to help children understand some of the more complex concepts in this book. Though I loved the message, and the references used to inspire, I'm afraid many of the words and ideas might go over younger children's head.

However, there are activity ideas listed that can be done and teachers will not be hard put to find ways to expound the text and invite discussion as the book is read. I think children and adults alike will find great treasures to take away with them after reading.

Enjoy and Happy Reading,
The Queen

Book Title: Giant Steps to Change the World
Author: Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee                                                                                                               
Illustrator: Sean Qualls

Book Information:
Publisher and date: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers (January 4, 2011)
Reading level:Ages 5 and up
Book Info:Hardcover: 40 pages
Genre:
ISBN:978-0689868153



Book Theme:
facing obstacles, people who changed the world, 

Book Summary
“On some days your dreams may seem too far away to realize… Listen to the whispers of those that came before...”

People throughout history have taken giant steps toward improving the world—but even the smallest step makes a difference. A wonderful and inspiring gift, Giant Steps to Change the World encourages readers to follow in the footsteps of those who came before, to reject fears of inadequacy, and to ponder what they can contribute to society.


Activity Adventures:

Young Readers:
Younger ones might not be able to make the name associations. See if they can guess what careers each referenced person did. After reading the book, encourage child to make a collage of what they might want to do when they get older and then see if others can guess what it is. 

Older Readers:
Try to match the quotes to the references in the story. Take it a step further, and pick one or two of the people to research and learn about their extraordinary lives.


Crafty Ideas:
Make a family steps to success poster.
Do this as a family. Everyone has something they wish to accomplish. The youngest might want to learn how to write their name, the oldest might want to learn how to play the piano or run a marathon. Everyone pick a goal.
On the poster, draw steps going up the middle from top to bottom. Make a small marker for each family member to move up the steps. Now, write down the goal each person wants to meet. Brainstorm small ways that goal can be met. Want to run in the 10k marathon? List the steps one would need to do to accomplish it. Run every day. Increase distance each week, ect. Every time someone accomplishes a small task leading up to their goal, move the marker up the steps until the goal is reached.
Encourage and cheer each other on along the way. 

Writing Prompts:
Write about how you might one day change the world. Dream big! Let your imagination soar and see what you can come up with. You never know...




Authors Arena

Spike Lee is one of the most prominent and influential media figures today. His films include the critically acclaimed School Daze; Academy Award nominee Do the Right Thing; Malcolm X; Clockers; and 25th Hour. Born in Atlanta, Spike attended Morehouse College and NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where he earned his master of fine arts degree in film production. Spike and his wife are the authors of Please, Baby, Please, their first picture book with Simon & Schuster. They live in New York City with their two children.


Tonya Lewis Lee is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Virginia School of Law. As a children's television producer she has worked with Disney, Nickelodeon, and Noggin/The N, where she was the executive producer of the award-winning documentary I Sit Where I Want: The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education and the critically acclaimed miniseries Miracle's Boys. She is also the author of Gotham Diaries, her first novel.

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