Book Activities for "Deep in the Sahara"

Book Activities for "Deep in the Sahara"
Book Activities for "Deep in the Sahara"
Book Activities for "Deep in the Sahara"
Book Activities for "Deep in the Sahara"
Book Activities for "Deep in the Sahara"
Book Activities for "Deep in the Sahara"
Book Activities for "Deep in the Sahara"
Book Activities for "Deep in the Sahara"
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About This Book
Deep in the Sahara
Written by: Kelly Cunnane
Illustrated by: Hoda Hadadi
Age Range: 4 - 8 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 3
Lexile Measure: 890L
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (October 8, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0375870342
ISBN-13: 978-0375870347
From Booklist
*Starred Review* Lalla lives in Mauritania where the sun burns, the sands shift, and all answer the call to prayer. It is her wish to wear, like the women around her, a malafa, or airy, colorful cloth worn over clothes and covering the head. Lalla wants to wear the malafa for its beauty, but her mother explains that the cloth’s purpose is for more than beauty. She tells her sister, Selma, that she wants to wear it to be mysterious; Selma laughs and says that isn’t a good enough reason. Neither is Lalla’s desire to transition from a girl to a woman. Only when she tells her mother that I want a malafa so I can pray like you do does she receive her coveted cloth. Cunnane explains in an author’s note that when she first lived in Mauritania, she believed wearing the veil was repressive, but the people’s relaxed and colorful expression of their faith culture changed her mind. She will certainly make readers think about their preconceived notions thanks to a text that is as thoughtful as it is
charming. Hadadi, who is Iranian, creates paper collages with a whimsical beauty that work well with the story’s sense of longing. The women, all individualized, exude true warmth, and readers will feel a quiet satisfaction when Lalla joins them. A special offering. Grades K-3.
--Ilene Cooper

Reviews and Recommendations:

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2013:
"Poetic language, attractive illustrations and a positive message about Islam, without any didacticism: a wonderful combination.”

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, September 9, 2013:
"The warm, affirming portrait of Islam makes this a valuable resource for both Muslim audiences and a broader readership interested in potentially unfamiliar customs and observances of faith."

Starred Review, School Library Journal, November 2013:
“This book incorporates authentic cultural details in both the poetic text and the evocative illustrations… [A] lovely original story.”

Starred Review, Booklist, November 15, 2013:
"The women, all individualized, exude true warmth, and readers will feel a quiet satisfaction when Lalla joins them. A special offering.”

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What You Will Get With This Product

This product contains the following activities:
Computer vocabulary practice with Quizlet
Vocabulary and definition cards – there are five words on each page. There is the word and the definition next to it. These could be laminated and cut apart to study or play a matching game. Or you could cut through half of the page horizontally under either the word or the definition and fold down the center on the dotted line. This would make a foldable pamphlet and you could have kids draw a picture, write a sentence, synonym, antonym, or other vocabulary activity.
Synonym match cards—self checking
Word sorts by number of syllables, parts of speech, and alphabetical order-all with answer keys
Scrambled words with answer key
Word search with answer key
Word shapes with answer key
Words with missing vowels with answer key
Words with other missing letters with answer key
Title page activity with answer key
Word map template for further word study
Sequencing seven events with sequencing page and answer key
Scrambled sentences with answer key and sheet for writing completed sentences
Proofreading with answer key
Summarizing in four sentences with answer key
Page for designing a magazine ad based on the book
Internet activity (draw a flag, answer one question) with answer key
Cloze activity with answer key
Author and Illustrator activity with answer key
Who said it? With answer key
Identifying Mauritania on the map of Africa with answer key
Marking text with answer key
Matching text and illustration for meaning with answer key
Alliteration exercise with answer key
Other questions about the book including point-of-view with answer key
Venn Diagram comparing and contrasting Lalla to self
Remembering parts of the story
The three most important events
Alphabet search through the book
Illustrating the setting of the book

Coming of Age—Fiction, Clothing and dress—Fiction, Muslims—Fiction, Sahara—Fiction, Africa, West--Fiction, Literacy Centers, Book Unit, Picture Book Unit, Novel Study, Picture Book Studies, Story Study, Reading Unit

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These activities can be used for individual, small group, for whole class. They could also be used as homework, with guided groups, or with book groups. Small groups could be working on different activities at the same time. The book can be read aloud and selected activities done in class. They could be useful laminated and in a literacy center. It is always a better learning experience if books are discussed in pairs or in groups, in my opinion. Pairs or groups of students can also complete more complex activities.

Students can travel around the classroom to 3 or 4 stations answering questions
about the book. The questions can be glued to butcher paper. Each station should have enough squares for all of the class to record their answer. The questions or activities can be posted on the paper or on the wall. Students must support their answers with proof from the book.

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