Everyone in Chiang Mai, Thailand, knows Tua, the 10-year-old "peanut". While her mother works day and night, Tua visits the bustling marketplace.
One day, as Tua explores the market, she discovers a hole in wall. Curious, she steps through the hole and is swept away a stream of people. The stream becomes a river that carries her into an exciting adventure.
In the center of the city, Tua stops a fountain in a square. There, bungling two mahouts with a young elephant draw a crowd of the tourists who give money to the elephant. The elephant, in turn, gives it to the mahouts. The mahouts then give the tourists fruit to feed the elephant. Ah, a happy arrangment. Or is it? At least Tua thought so until the elephant takes the money and instead of giving it to her handlers, turns to give it to a poor woman who is begging in the street. Tua sees mahouts' surprise turn to anger as they drag the young elephant away, beating her mercilessly on the legs and yelling that she will not get fed tonight. The poor elephant beckons for Tua to help as she is led away. Tua follows at a safe distance to their camp, all the while wondering what she, a young girl, can possibly do to save this abused young elephant?
Can you believe it, she steals the elephant? Then, she realizes how difficult it is to hide an elephant, even this small elephant! Luckily, Auntie Orchid has some clever ideas up her theatrical sleeves! Will Tua and Pohn-Pohn reach the elephant sanctuary before the two sinister mahouts catch them?
Tua and the Elephant will delight you with its colorful figurative language, its exciting plot, its interesting characterization, and authentic exotic setting where Thai food, language, culture, and elephant rescue.
The 49-page Kids Wings unit provides opportunity for discussion, drama, honing of reading strategies, writing, solving a crossword puzzle, research, and more. In addition, a 50-page Jeopardy-type game challenges the class to compete in interactive fun.
The Kids Wings Guide written by Suzy Red and Abby Moore is delivered in both PowerPoint and PDF format for ease in projection and printing. The Activities include:
Pre-reading Discussion Cards
An Expert in Class: Thai Vocabulary
Introducing the Story: Readers' Theater
Making Connections: A Pre- and Post-Reading Chapter Questions
Literary Devices: Tri-fold Figurative Language Activity
Comprehension Check-ups in Groups of Chapters
Dig Deeper! Talk About It! Write About It!
Visualizing the Text--Illustrate Your Answers
Feeding the Elephant, A Logic Puzzle
Crossword Puzzle: Across the Vocabulary, Chapters 1-16
All Thai-ed Up! Exploring the Thai Language!
Where in the World is Southeast Asia?
Where in the World is Thailand?
Thai Culture and Questions
Asian Elephants vs. African Elephants
Elephant Haven Brochure
Comparing Tua and the Elephant and The One and Only Ivan
Character Letters – A Novel Comparison
Comparing and Contrasting Two Books
Five in a Row Vocabulary Game
The Courageous, The Sinister, and The Elephant: Crossword Puzzle
PLUS a 50-Page Interactive Jeopardy-type game in PowerPoint!
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