Arts & Humanities
An organization called Room to Read is shipping thousands of books to children in poor countries.
Before reading, ask students to identify some of the organizations that are active in their school or community. Students might identify groups such as the Camp Fire Girls, the Lions Club, the Republican Party, the Garden Club, and others. Ask them to identify how each of those organizations helps or supports the community. Then ask, Why do people join together to form organizations? Accept students reasoned responses, including the idea that when people join together they can accomplish greater goals and do more good.
Next, introduce these words that appear in the News Word Box on the students printable page: passengers, native, rural, organization, donated, and poverty. Discuss the meanings of any of those words that might be unfamiliar. Then ask students to use one of those words to complete each of these sentences:
Read the News
Click for a printable version of this weeks news story Jet Delivers Books to Kids Overseas.
More Facts to Share
You might share these additional facts with students after they have read this weeks news story.
Revisit the Anticipation Guide at the top of this lesson; ask students to tell why they think John Wood formed an organization called Room to Read.
You might follow-up that activity by asking some of the following questions:
Think About the News
Discuss the Think About the News question that appears on the students news page. Students might write their thoughts about the question in their journals.
Math -- estimation. Ask students to estimate the number of books that occupy the bookshelves in their classroom. If they are satisfied with their estimate, you might challenge them to estimate the number of books stacked in the school library. Write the student estimates on a board or chart. Have them draw comparisons between that number and the number of books (100,000) that were recently flown to China.
Social Studies. Use the Explore Nepal resources on the Web site of Room to Read to help students learn more about the country, people, and culture. In addition to information, the site also offers lesson plans for teachers.
Geography. Have students locate on a world map these countries in which Room to Read is active: Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, South Africa, and Zambia.
Language arts -- research skills. Challenge students to use library resources to identify the native language of each of ten countries listed here. You might set up this activity as one where students match a country in one column to its language in another. Austria (German), Brazil (Portuguese), Chile (Spanish), Cyprus (Greek), Egypt (Arabic), Iran (Persian), Niger (French), Netherlands (Dutch), Pakistan (Urdu), Taiwan (Chinese).
Use the Comprehension Check (above) as an assessment. Or have students work on their own (in their journals) or in their small groups to respond to the Think About the News questions on the news story page or in the Comprehension Check section.
Lesson Plan SourceEducation World
LANGUAGE ARTS: English
GRADES K - 12
NL-ENG.K-12.1 Reading for Perspective
NL-ENG.K-12.2 Reading for Understanding
NL-ENG.K-12.4 Communication Skills
NL-ENG.K-12.8 Developing Research Skills
NL-ENG.K-12.9 Multicultural Understanding
NL-ENG.K-12.11 Participating in Society
NL-ENG.K-12.12 Applying Language Skills
LANGUAGE ARTS: Foreign Language
GRADES K - 12
MATHEMATICS: Number and Operations
GRADES Pre-K - 2
NM-NUM.PK-2.3 Compute Fluently and Make Reasonable Estimates
GRADES 3 - 5
NM-NUM.3-5.3 Compute Fluently and Make Reasonable Estimates
GRADES 6 - 8
NM-NUM.6-8.3 Compute Fluently and Make Reasonable Estimates
GRADES 9 - 12
NM-NUM.9-12.3 Compute Fluently and Make Reasonable Estimates
SOCIAL SCIENCES: Civics
GRADES K - 4
NSS-C.K-4.5 Roles of the Citizen
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Article by Ellen Delisio
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