Book activities for "Little Melba and Her Big Trombone"

Book activities for "Little Melba and Her Big Trombone"
Book activities for "Little Melba and Her Big Trombone"
Book activities for "Little Melba and Her Big Trombone"
Book activities for "Little Melba and Her Big Trombone"
Book activities for "Little Melba and Her Big Trombone"
Book activities for "Little Melba and Her Big Trombone"
Book activities for "Little Melba and Her Big Trombone"
Book activities for "Little Melba and Her Big Trombone"
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A 2015 Notable Books for a Global Society recommendation, this wonderful book has great examples of how to persevere through challenges. It incorporates historical information in a way that children can easily understand. The captivating illustrations give a rich life to the book. This is a great inspirational book that touches on racial and gender discrimination.

About This Book

Little Melba and Her Big Trombone
written by Katheryn Russell-Brown
illustrated by Frank Morrison
Publisher, Year: Lee & Low Books, 2014
ISBN: 9781600608988
Ages: 6-10
Grade Level: 1 - 5
Lexile: 720 AD

Summary: A biography of African American musician Melba Doretta Liston, a virtuoso musician who played the trombone and composed and arranged music for many of the great jazz musicians of the twentieth century.


African American jazz musicians, Jazz Musicians, Liston, Melba,, Women--Biography, Black History, 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

Kirkus (06/15/14)
Booklist (09/15/14)
School Library Journal (07/01/14)
The Hornbook (00/11/14)

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, 2015
2015 Notable Books for a Global Society
Caldecott Medal Contender
Publishers Weekly
NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children -- Recommended Book
ALA Your Media Award

Common Core Standards:

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.6, 2.7, 2.10
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.7, 3.10
4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.10
5.1, 5.2, 5.4, 5.10

Quick Background for Teachers
Oral documentary and biography and link to her music
Extensive biography with links to her music.

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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.
This product contains the following activities:

Computer vocabulary practice with Quizlet
Vocabulary Map
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 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
Choose correct spelling of a word from four choices with correct spelling with answer key
Words with missing letters with answer key
Wordsearch with answer key
7 Vocabulary Words with answer key
Scrambled words with answer key
Marking the text with answer key
Author and Illustrator
How does Melba show grit with answer key
Sequencing seven events with sequencing page and answer key
Title page activity with answer key
Write the questions to these answers
Scrambled sentences with worksheet for rewriting
Back matter in a book with answer key
Onomatopoeia with answer key
Bookmark Scavenger Hunt
About Melba Liston
Book interview with a friend
A-B-C Book Order
Three most important events
Draw your favorite part of the book
Draw a comic strip to summarize the book
Describe an event
Folding Face
Write a diamante poem about Melba
Some Jazz Greats with answer key
Board Game

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66 pages
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