When adults finish a book, we are often eager to discuss it with others to share our thoughts about it through conversations and book clubs. Children often have the same desire to enjoy a book in a different way once the story’s been read. Adults can help them extend their literary experience through reading extension activities, using music, art and science.
Around Newfoundland, written and illustrated by Dawn Baker, is a great example of a book that lends itself well to reading extension activities. The story begins on the ferry to Newfoundland, where Gary, his sister and his mother meet a local boy, Peter, and his parents. Peter’s family offers to travel with them to St. John’s and show them the sights. This leads to a trip that starts in Port Aux Basques and heads through Gros Morne, L’Anse aux Meadows, a powwow, Twillingate, Jelly Bean Row Houses, Signal Hill and many other stops. We watch Gary and his family learn about, and fall in love with, the province through their adventures.
This book cleverly introduces readers to many of the province’s sights, history and culture through a fictional tale. It also sets the stage for prying deeper into each part after the book is finished.
Creating a map art project for Around Newfoundland is a wonderful way to teach children about geography and cultivate their artistic and dramatic sides as well...
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