ATHLETE OR MATHLETE, BOOK 1, a terrific basketball novel!
Seventh graders Owen and Russell Evans, two gifted fraternal twins, live happily in their family together. Owen is a gifted athlete. Russell wins math and science awards and competes in team games with Masters of the Mind. Each has his own niche.
Tall, passive Russell isn't the least interested in playing basketball and even laughs at his own clumsiness and nerdy appearance.
Short, stocky, agressive Owen laughs at his lack of academic prowess and would never think of challenging Russell in his problem-solving games.
Both are happy competing in his own niche with his own set of friends, until ... the new Coach sees potential in the tall, gangly twin with glasses and orders him to tryout for basketball (which of course he does not want to do and Owen laughs at the thought). Their dad who loves basketball, however, is super-excited that Russell might get a shot at the team and is willing to go to all lengths to be sure he does well. Their mom enjoys the Masters of the Mind competition, so that leaves Owen standing without a cheerleader. What's his bruised ego to do?
Sibling rivalry begins to smolder and grows into a full-blown fire when, by a Nike miracle, Russell makes the team. Russell's Masters of the Mind teammates fan the flames when they don't want to share their leader. What's Russell to do as the rope in a tug-of-war?
Of course, Owen is sure that Russell will embarrass him. Do you think he's right?
The story is told in the first-person voices of Owen and Russell in alternating chapters so you really can get into their heads and understand their motives, excitement, disappointments, and emotions as if they're your own.
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Kids Wings Activities by Suzy Red come in both PowerPoint and PDF format for ease in projecting and printing. The activities include:
Pre-Reading Discussion Cards
Readers Theater Script
Research Periodic Table
10 Paired Chapters: Vocabulary List, Predict-Read-Confirm Chapter Questions
3 Multiple Choice and Short Answer Chapter Check-ups
2 Visualizing the Text, Draw Your Answer
Choosing the Players,Crossword Puzzle
Basketball at Its Best and Its Worse, Logic Puzzle
What It Was Was Basketball--Writing/Vocabulary Lesson Plan
Taboo Basketball, A Vocabulary Development and Writing Lesson Plan
Discussion and Writing Prompts
Plus, a BONUS Interactive Jeopardy-type Game in PowerPoint for a rollicking ending!
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