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Earth Dragon Awakes: The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, Two-Voice Survival

Kids Wings
Grade Levels
4th - 7th, Homeschool
Formats Included
  • Zip
30 pages plus a 53-slide Jeopardy-type game and 3 Recorded Earthquake Songs plus a 53-slide Jeopardy
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This PROFOUND novel told from two points of view transports the reader to San Francisco in 1906 to feel, hear, see, smell, and taste the courage that arose from the devastating earthquake with the richest and poorest, trying to survive.

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It is April 18, 1906, at 5:11 a.m. You are awakened by a gentle movement of your bed. It trembles beneath you. In the next moment, your bed is dancing across the floor of your room. You hop out of bed and feel the floor roll like a wooden sea beneath your feet. Your desk crawls toward a window. Before you can reach the door, books topple off your shelves, and boxes clobber you on the head. When you finally reach your door, you find it is jammed tight. Now, the walls begin to crack around you and the ceiling rains down. You hope it is just your worst nightmare....but it isn't. The Great Earthquake of 1906 is just beginning. You will need all the courage and perseverance you can gather to survive the next day of your life.

Chin and his father, Ah Sing, face even greater danger, for their home is in a poorly built tenement house in Chinatown. On the other side of town, Henry Travis and his wealthy family are no better off. You can travel back in time with them through The Earth Dragon Awakes. You will read about hardships, death, heroism, and survival.

Incredible depth of fact is woven into the captivating story of the Great Earthquake as told from three points of view...Chin's, Henry's, and that of an earthquake expert...The Earth Dragon himself. Laurence Yep's masterful storytelling and short chapters make the story inviting to readers of all ages.

Provided with the unit are Refugee Situation Cards that accompany the Kids Wings Unit for The Earth Dragon Awakes.

The Activities for this novel were created by Suzy Red and Kids Wings Associate, master teacher Dorothy Hellums, and come to you in PowerPoint and PDF for the most efficient projecting and printing. The activities include:

Three recorded earthquake songs! Preview: http://suzyred.com/2007epicenter.html

Map Study-- Where in the World is San Francisco?

Four 3-D Model-Building guides

Map Study--Follow the 1906 events on a map you create

Readers’ Theater Script--The Earth Dragon Speaks

Ripple Cards--Prereading Discussion Cards

Vocabulary Activity

Predict/Confirm Chapter Questions and Titling, 3 pages

Words That Paint Pictures, Figures of Speech

Multiple Choice Comprehension Activities

Crossword Puzzle: Earthquake!

Interview the Characters

2 BigSix Research Projects: Earthquake Research and Natural Disasters and Survivors

Comprehension: Multiple Choice and Short Answer

Multiple-Choice Edit/Revise Chin's Letter

Vocabulary Pairs, A high-level vocabulary/art activity

2-Page Refugee Simulation

Story Ripples comparing Chin's Experiences with Henry's Experiences

Group Rippling Discussion of How the Events Could Have Changed IF...

Writing and Project Prompts

Answer Page

30 pages PLUS a 53-page interactive Jeopardy-type Game in PowerPoint


PLEASE NOTE: Kids Wings materials are written by highly experienced master teachers. We hire professional proof readers who are also master educators. We do our best to be sure each of our literature guides is top quality and error free, and classroom tested, but if you think we can do better, we welcome your input. If you find an error in our materials, please email us at suzy@suzyred.com so we can make corrections. After it is revised, we will invite you to download a newly polished copy and will probably attach a surprise to our reply as a thank-you!

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Total Pages
30 pages plus a 53-slide Jeopardy-type game and 3 Recorded Earthquake Songs plus a 53-slide Jeopardy
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 months
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