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This book provides 48 pages of primary source material with explanation and commentary beside it. It is written in a scrapbook style. You find nostalgic vignettes about the Stille Nacht Christmas episode and other legends; a piece of French propaganda; handwritten letters from soldiers to mothers; postcards from fathers to sons, and husbands to wives; pictures of soldiers on parade; the story of the poem that inspired the book's title; a two page biographical sketch about a soldier's exposure to mustard gas; and more.

From the Amazon website: “The book focuses on many topics (trench warfare, women in the war, war animals (horses, dogs, etc), food, etc). Each two or four page spread includes photographs with brief, but thorough, explanations. This approach is perfect for younger students who wish to study aspects of the War To End All Wars!”

This is a reflection of the sadness, tragedy, and lasting effects of war.

Summary: An anecdotal overview of World War I illustrating how ordinary lives were changed by global-scale conflict and humanizing the sacrifice made by so many.

Where Poppies Grow: A World War I Companion
By Linda Granfield
Grade Level: K-6
Paperback: 48 pages
Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside; 1 edition (April 6, 2005)
ISBN-10: 1550051466
ISBN-13: 978-1550051469

Favorable Reviews and Awards
School Library Journal
Publishers Weekly
Finalist for the Silver Birch Award
Winner of the 2002 Information Book Award

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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. Examining text is perfect for two students to work on at one time making it easier for both. Through the teacher read-aloud and student group work, good books become part of a common classroom culture.

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.

The vocabulary cards can be put on a crown or attached to a student’s back. This student then gets to ask five questions about his word and try to guess it.

This product contains the following activities:

Computer vocabulary practice with Quizlet and a page explaining how to use
Crown pattern for vocabulary study
One blank vocabulary map for use with words
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 students draw a picture, write a sentence, synonym, antonym, or other vocabulary activity.
Word sorts by number of syllables, parts of speech, alphabetical order, and number of letters-all with answer keys
Linking words
Word shapes with answer key
Word scramble with answer key
Missing vowels with answer key
Spelling test (choose the correct word from four) with answer key
Wordsearch with answer key
Crossword Puzzle with answer key
Bingo-student made
7 vocabulary words with answer key
Title page activity with answer key
Using an Index to answer questions--2 pages with answer keys
Marking text with answer key
Cloze exercise with answer key
Proofreading for spelling with answer key
Proofreading for punctuation with answer key
Picture scavenger hunt
Answering questions with answer key
Thinking about the book--deeper questions
Seven sentence sequence of World War I
Looking at the illustrations
Matching exercise with answer key
Scrambled sentences with answer key and answer sheet
Book report for use as summary
Design a postcards
About Word War I (find facts and details)
A-B-C word find

World War, 1914-1918, Veterans, Book Unit, Picture Book Unit, Novel Study, Picture Book Studies, Literature Study, Literature Unit and Activities, Reading Circles

Core Curriculum Standards

RI - 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.10
RI - 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.7, 3.10
RI - 4.1, 4.3, 4.7, 4.10
RI - 5.1, 5.4., 5.7, 5.10

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Book activities for "Where Poppies Grow: A World War I Companion"
Book activities for "Where Poppies Grow: A World War I Companion"
Book activities for "Where Poppies Grow: A World War I Companion"
Book activities for "Where Poppies Grow: A World War I Companion"