Kids make a cute paper-bag book that looks like a gift! It is filled with book titles and vocabulary word cards from the following beautiful multicultural picture books.
I used these lessons with an advanced group of first-grade readers with teacher support. This would be great to use with teacher support in the early elementary or independent work for the upper elementary.
Gift-themed picture books included in this multicultural vocabulary unit:
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
The Gift of Nothing by Patrick McDonnell
One Hen by Katie Smith Milway (Ghana, West Africa)
The Gold Coin by Alma Flor Ada (Central America)
The Mitten Tree by Candace Christiansen (northern US)
Richard Wright and the Library Card by William Miller (deals with racism in southern US)
The Library by Sarah Stewart (historic small town in US)
Apple Cake by Julie Paschkis
Ribbon Rescue by Robert Munsch (Kahnawake reserve (Mohawk)near Montreal, Canada)
The Talking Eggs by Robert D. San Souci (Creole, Louisiana, US)
The Quiltmaker’s Gift by Jeff Brumbeau (kingdom – possibly northern Europe)
Sam and the Lucky Money by Karen Chinn (American urban Chinatown)
Boxes for Katje by Candace Fleming (Holland)
14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy (western Kenya, Africa)
When Stories Fell Like Shooting Stars by Valiska Gregory (fable)
Stone Soup by John J. Muth (war-torn village in China)
Fandango Stew by David Davis (historic wild west, US)
Beatrice’s Goat by Page McBrier (village in western Uganda, Africa)
Silver Packages by Cynthia Rylant (Appalachia, US)
An Orange for Frankie by Patricia Polacco (north-central US)
Directions to create a paper-bag book to contain vocabulary word cards. (with photos)
10 pages each having 2 of the above titles and vocabulary word list depicted on a beautiful gift graphic to be glued into paper-bag book as the pages.
Vocabulary word cards printable.
18 blank pages with beautiful gift graphics to be used with additional books you like.
20 teacher “cheat sheet” pages with ideas for discussion starters about every vocabulary word chosen for each of the books listed above.