About This Book
The Carpenter's Gift: A Christmas Tale about the Rockefeller Center Tree
By David Rubel
Illustrated by Jim LaMarche
Publication Date: September 27, 2011
Age Level: 5 – 8
Grade Level: K – 3
Summary: In depression-era New York City, construction workers at the Rockefeller Center site help a family in need – a gift that is repaid years later in the donation of an enormous Christmas tree. this is a heartwarming and meaningful book.
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Favorable Library Reviews
The Horn Book, November/December 2011
School Library Journal, October 1, 2011
Review, Publishers Weekly, September 26, 2011
Jimmy Carter, Susan Sarandon, Garrison Keillor, Michael R. Bloomberg
Keywords: kindness – fiction, Christmas trees – fiction, Rockefeller Center – fiction, printables, activities, literacy center ideas, charity – fiction, Habitat for Humanity, Novel Unit, Book Study, Picture Book Study, Picture Book Unit, Christmas, Picture Book Activities
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These activities can be used for individual, small group, or whole class. 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.
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.
Questions can be cut into strips of one, two, or three and answered in groups.
Comprehension Questions (22) with answer key
Three pages of marking text (Same text-different markup)
Draw a picture of the most important part of the book
Proofreading exercise with answer key
Scrambled Sentences with answer key
Summarize the Book with answer key
Beginning Middle and End with answer key
Cause and Effect with answer key
Parts of a book with answer key
Recognizing correctly spelled word
Scrambled Words with answer key
Matching words to means (2 pages) with answer key
Word Shapes with answer key
Vocabulary Crossword Puzzle with answer key
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