The Lawn Boy tells the story of the summer he started his lawn-mowing business with an old lawn mower left to him by his grandfather. In his wildest dreams, he could never have believed where it led. In Gary Paulsen's first Lawn Boy book, The Lawn Boy tells how he gets started. In the second, The Lawn Boy Returns, his business explodes in the second half of the summer into an amazing success.
All he needed was an inner tube for his old 10-speed bicycle. What he got was a little old lawn mower that used to belong to his grandfather. So how did he get rich in one month?
It all started when he mowed his grass....er...dirt, and his neighbor saw him. "Will you mow my grass?" he asked. While he was mowing his neighbor's grass, someone else stopped to ask him to mow his grass, too.
So, do you think he got rich mowing grass? Or, could it have anything to do with Arnold, a stock market expert? You will be surprised when you find out!
The sequel, LAWN BOY RETURNS, continues the same summer to describe the astonishing growth of the business when he acquires a prize fighter, employees, and learns the meaning of supply and demand, labor acquisition, conflict resolution, and portfolio diversification! Paulsen makes it all so much FUN and so EASY as your readers join Lawn Boy in this hysterical romp!
Kids Wings has combined activities for the two books to introduce your kids to the world of business that will inspire them to want to become entrepreneurs, too!
The Lawn Boy literature guides bring 28-pages of fascinating activities that combine business math, vocabulary, and logic that extends and punctuates the story of the first half of his 12th summer. Activities by master teachers Suzy and Charlie Red come to you in both PowerPoint and PDF formats for easy projecting and printing for whole-group, small-group, and individual work. The activities include:
Group discussion cards,
An anticipation guide,
A readers' theater script introducing the book,
An original song/round (Economic Principles Song) to help students understand the foundational concepts of capitalism in the book, (song and melody files included)
Chapter questions for predict/confirm, quartet reading,
Transforming a Business,
Reading Grandma's Mind,
Illustrating a Cover for the Sequel,
The Mathematics of Business,
Playing the Stock Market Logic Game,
Character Building: "Courage or Foolishness?" and "Honesty," and
Included is an interactive flow chart of the Lawn Boy's dramatic expansion
And a PowerPoint Jeopardy-type game for a POWerful conclusion.
The Activities in the sequel LAWN BOY RETURNS include 44 pages in both PowerPoint and PDF that extends the fun and invites your kids to be part of the business! The activities include:
Pre-Reading Discussion Cards,
2 -Page Readers’ Theater Introduction,
The Capitalism Song and Round, A Kids Wings Original!
Preparing Your Intellectual Tools: Dialectical Journals,
Becoming a Character,
Vocabulary by Chapters with Vocabulary Tic Tac Toe,
Vocabulary: Rename the Chapters!
Making Connections: Before Reading Predict/Read/Confirm Chapter Questions,
Quartet Reading and 15-Second Summaries,
Character Introductions Crossword Puzzle,
Reading Grandma's Mind,
Activities for Visualizing the Chapters through Drawing,
Multiple Choice Comprehension Activities,
Activities for Visualizing the Chapters,
Story Spinner Group Activity,
Dramatizing a Chapter,
Cause and Effect Completion,
Building Character while Building a Business,
The Business of Boxing Math Study,
Will Success Return Too-Analysis of Chapters,
Can Business and The Lawn Boy Survive--Analysis of Chapters,
Stock Market Logic,
Plus, A 6-page Kids Wings Mini-Unit on Contrastive Stress!
Plus, an interactive Jeopardy-type game in PowerPoint for a spectacular finish!
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178 PLUS Song and Music Files