Written by: Sharon Brinkerhoff
Illustrated by: Liliane Grenier
Ben lives in the Congo, and although he loves school and learning, he often is unable to attend school due to uncontrollable circumstances. Chad, an American boy, has everything he needs to attain an excellent education, but he's uninterested in learning. This story shows the real differences that exist in opportunities around the world and just how important it is to have a passionate desire to learn.
For choral groups of readers, or 2 - 5 individual readers.
Topic Story Set: includes 1 Easel book, 5 Mini Transition books, 1 sparkle microphone prop, supplemental activity sheets, and 1 teacher's implementation guide. Optional add-ons: a mini costume kit which includes a mini costume for each character.
Topic Story Easel Book only : includes 1 Easel book, supplemental activity sheets, and 1 teacher's implementation guide. Optional add-ons: a mini costume kit which includes a mini costume for each character.
Topic Story Mini Transition Books only: includes 5 Mini Transition books, supplemental activity sheets, and 1 teacher's implementation guide. Optional add-ons: 1 mini costume kit, with a mini costume for each character.
What are Mini Transition Stories? Each topic has 1 full-length story in the form of an Easel book (11" x 17" spiral bound) and 5 Mini Transition stories (each 8 1/2" x 11" saddle stitched). Rather than just five copies of the topic story, the Mini Transition stories are short and simple stories that introduce one each of five elements from the full length story using most of the text from that story as a means of building up and preparing students to read the full-length story. In a sense, the Mini stories each represent about one fifth of the story plot and text of the full length story and are to be read first, one each day, or more frequently, to transition students to be able to read the full length story that includes some additional teacher text that rounds out an entire plot that is fun and exiciting.