Book activities for "The Man with the Violin"

Book activities for "The Man with the Violin"
Book activities for "The Man with the Violin"
Book activities for "The Man with the Violin"
Book activities for "The Man with the Violin"
Book activities for "The Man with the Violin"
Book activities for "The Man with the Violin"
Book activities for "The Man with the Violin"
Book activities for "The Man with the Violin"
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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.

Here is a video of a repeated concert and an interview with Joshua Bell..

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.
Four pages of two-sided puzzles with word and synonym which is self-checking
Word search with answer key
Word shapes with answer key
Words with missing vowels with answer key
Missing letters with answer key—different letters missing
Word sorts by number of syllables, parts of speech, and alphabetical order-all with answer keys
Draw the setting and characters in the book with answer key
Title page activity with answer key
Sequencing seven events with sequencing page and answer key
A sentence in cryptogram with answer key and extra question
Cloze activity with answer key
Proofreading with answer key and drawing a picture of the coded sentence
Finding onomatopoeia with answer key
Finding alliteration with answer key
Marking text with answer key (3 separate activity pages with the same text passage)
Main idea and details with answer key
Multiple choice questions about the pages after the story talking about the incident
Alphabet search (through the text)

Violin music—Fiction, Mother-son relationship—Fiction, Violinists—Fiction, Joshua Bell--Fiction, Literacy Centers, Book Unit, Picture Book Unit, Novel Study, Picture Book Studies, Guided Reading Books, Literature Circles

The Man With the Violin
Written by: Kathy Stimson
Illustrated by: Dusan Petricic
Age Range: 5 - 8 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten – 3
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Annick Press; 1ST edition (August 8, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1554515653
ISBN-13: 978-1554515653

From Booklist
Children and adults should both read this book, for it affirms the former while chastising the latter—like Dylan and his mother, there are plenty of children who pay attention while adults do not. Loosely based on the true story of Joshua Bell, who played his Stradivarius in a D.C. train station and was barely noticed, this begins with Dylan noticing and being quite moved. The music stays with Dylan, coloring his drab day and, to his utter delight, reappearing on the radio later on. The story is simple, but the language has its own musicality, replete with alliteration, onomatopoeia, and sentences that linger and float, abruptly halt, and quickly resume. Petricic’s gorgeous illustrations in graphite and watercolor are as light and lucid as they are satirical. Featureless, careworn adults drift through life, while Dylan’s world is always transformed by Bell’s music into a rainbow of color and imagination. This reminds us all to look at the world through the eyes of children and be delighted by the serendipitous moments that surround us. Grades K-1. --Amina Chaudhri

There's plenty to ponder in this melodious tale. It's a story that's bound to get kids thinking about the importance of listening. And, of course, the power of music. (Julie Hale Book Page 2013-08-21)

I think it's very important that we all pay attention to this wonderful book! (Sally Bender Sal's Fiction Addiction 2013-08-28)

Here's a much-needed reminder that we all need to slowwwwwwwwwww down. (Terry Hong Smithsonian BookDragon 2013-08-11)

This compelling story has a clear message for young and old, and features an inspiring young talent as a role model. It also provides the possibility of an enriched read aloud experience thanks to the links provided for musical accompaniment. The Man with the Violin captures the reader's imagination just as the violinist's music enthralls its young protagonist. This story reminds us that there is much in life to appreciate, if we can just pay attention. (Robin Sales Canadian Children's Book News 2013-12-01)

A brilliant portrayal of the sensitivities of children and the sad loss of that wonder by most adults... [In] 2007, [Joshua] Bell played his 1713 Stradivarius for transit goers for 45 minutes. Only 7 of over a thousand people stopped to watch...[but] every single time a child walked past, he or she tried to stop and watch. And every single time, a parent scooted the kid away. Kathy Stinson takes this astounding demographic and tells the story of a child who becomes enthralled by the music that he hears as his mother pulls him along on her way to work... Only when he hears the same music on the radio can Dylan get his mother's attention and take her along on his magical musical ride... Kathy Stinson's simple but powerful representation [is a] convincing message of the capacity of music to enrich our lives and the wisdom of children that is too often and too easily disregarded. (Helen K CanLit for Little Canadians 2013-09-05)

In the hands of such skilful creators, who have many books to their credit, this captivating tale is a beautiful balance between a simple but powerful text and illustrations that are full of vitality and rhythm. (Reesa Cohen CM Magazine 2013-10-04)

The drawings almost dance off the page. (Mary Lavers Cozy Little Book Journal 2013-10-10)
This is a phenomenal book. ( 2013-10-01)

I want to read it over and over again. I want for others to read it. I want for schools and libraries to use it to teach music appreciation. I want it to get attention, lots of attention, because that's what it deserves. (Reading and Sharing 2013-10-01)

This book is a celebration of music and a great reminder to take the time to appreciate beauty that surrounds us. An interesting account of the real event is provided at the back. This was such an interesting story and one that I can see would be the starting point for some excellent class discussions. I can't wait to share this with my students. Love it! ( 2013-09-02)

This is a fine reminder of the old adage to stop and smell the roses, and a good impetus for a discussion of using one's powers of observation. (Grace Oliff School Library Journal 2013-10-00)

There's a lot to see in here--for your child and you, both. (Terri Schlichenmeyer Simcoe County 2013-10-14)

This book allows children and adults alike to appreciate little day-to-day wonders, to find solace in a rushed world, and to discover the joys of music. (ABQLA Bulletin (Quebec Library Association) 2013-12-00)

This important picture book will remind each of us to enjoy and savor our surroundings. (National Parenting Publications Award Gold Winner 2013-01-00)

IndieFab Awards Finalist (Foreword 2014-06-01)

The Man With the Violin--a beautiful new children's book worth cherishing this season--is based on a true story. (Vi-An Nguyen Parade 2013

Stinson's melodious descriptions and Petricic's colourful swirls seem to envelop the reader, captivating them just like the music captivates Dylan. (Jen Bailey Readerly, National Reading Campaign 2014-01-28)

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