PROJECT MULBERRY by Linda Sue Park! Growing Friendship in a Silkworm Project!
Julia Song and her best friend Patrick join talents to win a blue ribbon at the state fair! It won't be their first time to do a project together, but this time, though, they’re having trouble coming up with just the right project. It won't be easy, but difficult projects have never stopped them before.
The first thing they will need to do is to find a unique project with lots of possibilities for collaboration and extension. When Julia's mother suggests the silkworm project, Julia balks. After all, she IS American, isn't she? A silkworm project just seems too...too Korean. She wants to do a project that will celebrate her family's new country. Patrick thinks it’s a great idea, but Julia wants a more traditional American theme. Patrick's excitement wins out.
As Julia tells the story of their Project Mulberry, there are inevitable obstacles to hurdle as they use the scientific method to plan and develop their ideas. You'll get to know Julia and will probably want her to collaborate on your next project, too! You might even find yourself TALKING with her!
In this contemporary novel, Linda Sue Park delivers a funny, lively story that illuminates both the process of writing a novel and the meaning of growing up American.
Between the chapters, you get to read a conversation between the author and Julia to learn some of the processes this author uses to create her story. What a unique strategy for understanding writing and point of view!
Project Mulberry will inspire you to grab a friend and start a project of your own!
The Kids Wings literature guide for Project Mulberry was written by master teacher Suzy Red who weaves together activities in science, math, and writing to spark students' participation in the project!
The activities include:
A 2-Page Readers Theater Prequel to Chapter 1
Making Connections, A Pre- and Post Reading Guide with Main Idea Focus
Map Activities for Korea
The Ballad of Project Mulberry
From Book to Play
Crossword Puzzle: Growing a Friendship
Recognizing the Best Summary: In Other Words
Inference: Reading Between the Lines
Matching Science: Finding the Scientific Method in the Story
Mealworm Metamorphosis: Plans for YOUR Project
The Next Projects Logic Puzzle
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