Reading Around the World

Week One: March 25th: Lesson
Week Two: April 1st: Lesson
Week One: March 25th, Recording
Week Two: April 1st, Recording
Week Three: April 8th
Week Four: April 15th
Week Five, April 22nd
Week Six, April 29th
Week Seven, May 6th

Week One: March 25th

Welcome to our first online class! This week we will be doing virtual classes and I have provided some links for activities for our current study of Africa. In Reading Around the World, I use the student’s question to guide our discussions in the live classroom.  I have outlined a few thought provoking questions for you and your student to explore after reading the following chapter.

Here is the next chapter for the week:

After completing the reading, point out Africa, Canada, and the US on the map:


Anna sold oranges and made some money. As a result, the other children who needed to sell their fruit for money for their families, did not make any money that day. Anna did not mean to do anything hurtful to these children. Have you ever done something and meant no harm, but it had the opposite effect?

Interactive Activity :

The Art of Bartering and Haggling.

Many cultures continue to use a bartering system to purchase and sell goods; others also embrace the practice of haggling over the price of an item. Set up a mock market in your classroom (family) and have students (family members) barter and haggle for items as a way to practice their oral language, negotiating, and reasoning skills. Invite them to also use the mock market activity as a way to explore the value people place on objects (e.g., sentimental, monetary, professional, etc.) and to discuss such concepts.

African Market:

Diving Deeper and Taking Action:

Issues of Privilege, Poverty, and Perspective. The themes of privilege and poverty that appeared earlier in the book continue in this chapter. Have students review the chapters in which Anna and her family deal with such issues. Was Anna wrong to sell oranges on the street alongside the other girls? Were the actions of Anna and her family short- or long-term solutions? Discuss with students more possibilities about what Anna and her family could do to address these issues, and perhaps invite your student to take some real action steps to help.

A Day in the Life of a Ugandan Child:

A Look at African Culture:

Homework: Write a letter to Anna and explain what it is like living in America. Tell her about your school day, your house, who lives with you, what you do in your free time, and how you usually dress. K-2 who do not write can draw a picture instead or dictate the letter for the parent or older sibling to record.

Stay healthy and feel free to reach out if you have questions.

Have a great week.

Week Two: April 1st

Week 4 of Africa 🇸🇩🇳🇦🇨🇩

This week join me for next chapter in our book. “Anna Hibiscus”  – Sweet Snow.

Click here to read about the author

After Reading:

• Point out Africa, Canada and the U.S. on a map. Where do your family members live?


Anna wants to see snow more than anything in the world. What do you want to see more than anything in the world? Have you seen snow?  If so, what do you like about it?

Some of Anna’s family lives in Africa and some in Canada.

Interactive Activity :

A strong theme throughout Anna Hibiscus is the importance of family.  This month, reach out to an extended family member.  Possible connection ideas might include:

  • Skype or use FaceTime with a family member you don’t talk to very often.
  • Write a letter or send a picture to a family member.

Fun Facts with pictures:

South Africa




Write an acrostic poem using the word SNOW:

S—sledding is fast and fun
N—never go outside without gloves
O—Ouch! You hit me with a snowball!
W—want to build a snowman?


– poverty


– climate

Want more ? Here are some more books about Africa!

Want more ? Here are some more books about Africa! 

 Wangaris Trees of Peace by Winter

Seeds Of Change By Jen Cullerton Johnson 

Planting the Trees of Kenya 

This would mark the end of our Africa unit and we would be celebrating with a book party! Unfortunately we cannot get together in person but I am challenging you to have a African culture party in your home! Cook up an African dish, create and African artwork or game and post a picture or bring it to the Lunch Room zoom on Mondays at Noon and share! Here are some fun links for food and crafts!

Anna Hibiscus: Family Dinner Book Club

Traditional African Crafts for Kids

Popular African Food

Mrs. Fowler’s Live Video Reading of March 25th Lesson

Mrs. Fowler’s Live Video Reading of April 1st’s Lesson

Week Three: April 8th

Recorded video of Live Zoom session:

Netherlands 🇳🇱

Book: Boxes for Katje:

Reading Rainbow:

After Reading:

• Point out Netherlands and the U.S. on a map.


After WWII, resources are scarce in Netherlands.  Thanks to care packages from the United States, Katje and her community receive some much-needed gifts.

-When Katje received the first box from the USA, she said, “The land of plenty.”  What did she mean?

-Why were resources so scarce in Katje’s town?

-Why do you think so many people in Rosie’s life came forward to donate items to send to Katje’s town?

-In a letter to Rosie, Katje says, “Your friendship has not only filled our stomachs, it has lifted our spirits as well.”  What did she mean by this?

-Has someone ever helped our family?

If you were going to pack a box to send to Katje, what would you include?

Interactive Activity :

A strong theme throughout Boxes for Katje is kindness.  This month, reach out to someone in need.  Fill a box with food items to donate to a person or family who could use resources.  Include lots of your favorite things to eat.  Find someone in your neighborhood, at your church, or a local food pantry to donate your box of food. You could also tell others about your plan and see if they would like to help too by donating a box of food to help someone in need.

Digging Deeper:

What was WW2?  

This month we our memory verse is “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matt. 5:10) In WW2 many different types of people were persecuted because who their religion or because or the way they looked. Specifically Jewish people were targeted. This week marks a special holiday for the Jewish called Passover.

Read more here.

Have you ever seen or felt persecution because of differences? What is something you can do to stop this in and around the world for future generations?

Understanding the Holocaust.

Fun Facts about The Netherlands:

National Geographic picture exploration!

Country exploration of The Netherlands.


Vocabulary: Persecution

Fun craft to make a DIY vase for tulips. 

Want more ?

Try some fun food recipes and more books about Netherlands!

Foods and recipes


Katje The Windmill Cat by: Woelfle

The Whole in the Dike by: Green

Week Four: April 15th


Book: Waiting for the Biblioburro 

The Real Biblioburro

After Reading:

• Point out Netherlands and the U.S. on a map.


Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown is the story of a little girl named Ana.  She lives in a very small village in Colombia where books are scarce.  She anxiously awaits the Biblioburro to come so she can choose a book to read.  Even though the visits of the traveling library are infrequent, she is inspired to create her own story while she waits. Waiting for the Biblioburro is inspired by the real-life librarian, Luis Soriano.


How is Ana’s morning the same and different as your typical morning?

Do you think Alpha and Beto were good names for the burros? Why?

How is Ana’s library the same and different as your library?

Did you know that some communities don’t have libraries? Why?

If you could design a traveling library, what would it look like?

Community Service Activity :

This month collect books to donate those in need.  You could gather books in your own home that you don’t read anymore.  You could also ask friends and families to do the same.

Here are a few places you can donate your collected books.

  • Little Free Library– find one or more in your community
  • Local Library- many collect donated books for book sales
  • Local Church- churches will often take donations for families in need
  • Family in the Community- pass books to a community member who has young children

Digging Deeper: 

Colombia is a large country primarily situated in the north of South America, which some territories extending into Central America. One of the most ethnically, linguistically and geographically diverse countries in the world, Colombia has an incredibly rich cultural heritage. This country is mostly Christian.

Libraries Around the World

In BANGLADESH, librarians load boats with books and computers to share with villagers in remote parts of the country.

In NORWAY, a book boat carrying 6,000 books visits up to 250 communities on the islands and fjords that surround the country.

In KENYA, librarians ride on camelback over rough terrain and through searing heat to carry books to remote villages.

Librarians in THAILAND deliver books to people on the backs of elephants.

Donkey-drawn wagons bring books to readers in ZIMBABWE.

Two burros, Alfa and Beto, deliver books to remote villages in COLOMBIA.

In rural areas of the UNITED STATES, libraries in buses or vans called

“book mobiles” travel from community to community to

bring books to readers.

Fun Facts: 

Colombia is well known for coffee harvesting.  Check out his short video showing the process.—>

This video takes you on a visual tour of the country.—>






Want more ?

Try some fun food recipes and music from Colombia !

Foods Menu:

Bandeja Paisa

rice, beans, carne molida, chicharrón, fried egg, plantain, arepa, morcilla, avocado



Papas Chorreadas

Plantain Chips

Coconut Rice Pudding


Purple Rocket Podcast!

Week Five: April 22nd

🌍 Earth  🌎


  • Africa: “One Plastic Bag”-  Isatou Ceesay is the story of how a group of women took a problem of too much trash and turn it into an art that became a money maker.
  • Paraguay: “Adas Violin” – by Susan Hood, extraordinary true tale of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay, an orchestra made up of children playing instruments built from recycled trash.
  • USA: “The Tree Lady” by H Joseph Hopkins, an inspiring book about a woman in love with the science of trees in San Diego,CA brings beauty to the desert like city.
  • Denmark: “Energy Island” – by Alan Drummond. On Energy Island, the people use wind to create power and are almost completely energy independent After Reading.

• Point out On the map that our Earth is populated by about 7.8 Billion people


Each year 1.2 trillion gallons of untreated sewage, stormwater, and industrial waste are dumped into US water. While children make up 10% of the world’s population, over 40% of the global burden of disease falls on them. More than 3 million children under age five die annually from environmental factors.

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated around the world on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, it now includes events coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network in more than 193 countries.

History of Earth Day


Community Service Activity :

So what is our part? And how can we help make things better? For starters,

  • Make a pledge to recycle more at home or school.
  • Think about ways you can reduce or reuse materials so there is less that needs to be thrown away or recycled.
  • Turn off lights and water to reduce usage.

On Earth day make a big plan and pick something to do as a family or a community.

  • Plant a tree
  • Clean up a local park
  • Spend a day using only renewable energy and sources.

Digging Deeper: 

Some of our resources, animals and precious energies have been depleted so low it take constant time and money as well as volunteers to renew these for saving the planet! Find your cause and dive in.


  1. American Farmland Trust 
  2.  Slow Food 


  1. Surfers Against Sewage
  2. GreenPeace  


    1. Lowdown on Landfills


  1. Trees for Cities
  2. Rainforest Foundation


  1. World Wildlife Habitat 

Fun Facts about Earth Day


  • Pollution
  • Habitat
  • Conservation
  • Deforestation


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Learn How to Make Seed Bombs

DIY Recycled Hanging Planter

Bird Feeder 

Week Six, April 29th

Week Seven: May 6th


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