Book activities for: "Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras"

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Funny Bones tells the story of how the amusing skeletons performing various everyday or festive activities known as calaveras came to be. Calaveras are the creation of Mexican artist José Guadalupe (Lupe) Posada (1852–1913). Posada first drew political cartoons that amused the local populations but not the politicians. Mexico was not known for its freedom of speech.

He is best known today for his calavera drawings although he continued to draw cartoons throughout much of his life. These cartoons have become associated with Mexico’s Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival. Duncan Tonatiuh brings to light the remarkable life and work of a man whose art is beloved by many but whose name has remained in obscurity. He mixes his work with the work of Posada. Included in the back matter of the book are an author’s note, bibliography, glossary, and index.

Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras
written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh
Age Range: 6 - 10 years
Grade Level: 1 - 5
Series: Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal (Awards)
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (August 25, 2015)
ISBN-10: 1419716476
ISBN-13: 978-1419716478

Some of the favorable reviews of this book:
School Library Journal
Kirkus Reviews
Booklist-Starred Review

Some awards and recommendations for this book:
A 2016 Sibert Award Winner, Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Honor Book
New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2015.
Pura Belpre 2016 Illustrator Honor Book
The Nonfiction Detectives
NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children, 2016 Honor Book
A Rep Reading

Posada, Jose Guadalupe,--1857-1013--Biography, Engravers--Mexico--Biography, Human Skeletons in Art, Literacy Centers, Book Unit, Picture Book Unit, Novel Study, Picture Book Studies, Literature Study, Literature Unit and Activities, Reading Circles, Book Activities, Picture Book Activities

Common Core Standards addressed:

Reading--Informational Text:

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.10
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.7, 3.10
4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.7, 4.10
5.1, 5.3, 5.4, 5.10

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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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This product contains the following activities:

Word Map with partial answer key
Computer vocabulary practice with Quizlet
Vocabulary and definition cards – there are four 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 line. This would make a foldable pamphlet and you could have kids draw a picture, write a sentence, synonym, antonym, or other vocabulary activity.
Linking Vocabulary Words
Word sorts by number of syllables, parts of speech, alphabetical order, and number of letters-all with answer keys
Word shapes with answer key
Scrambled words with answer key
Wordsearch with answer key
Choose correct spelling of a word from four choices with correct spelling with answer key
7 Vocabulary Words with answer key
Picture Scavenger hunt with answer key
Sequencing seven events with sequencing page and answer key
Title page activity with answer key
Scrambled sentences with worksheet for rewriting
Marking the text with answer key 2 pages both using the same test with different activities
Cloze exercise with answer key
Just the Facts--Comprehension questions with answer key
Proofreading for Spelling with answer key
Proofreading for capital letters with answer key
Proofreading for punctuation with answer key
Cause and Effect with answer key
Make your own calavera
Back matter in a book with answer key
A-B-C Book Order
Think and Share (four questions)
Analyzing Posada
Three most important events
Drawing and writing the story

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