- Grades: 3–5
About this book
based on By My Brother's Side
by Tiki and Ronde Barber
About the Book
Tiki and Ronde are twin brothers who love to play. They ride their bikes all over town. One day, the boys are with their friend, Jason. On a dare, Tiki rides his bike up a dirt hill and has a serious accident. His knee is hurt badly and the doctor says he must rest for a long time. They think that Tiki will never be able to play any sports again! Both boys are sad because they do everything together. Ronde and the twins'mother are both very encouraging and help Tiki to believe in himself. The boys stick together as brothers, side by side, and end up winners!
Set the Stage
Get students ready to read by discussing some of these items:
- Since the book is about twin boys, have a discussion with students to find out their knowledge about twins.
- The two boys in this book happen to be identical twins. Some brothers and sisters are fraternal twins. Explain the differences in appearance.
- Make predictions about the story by looking at the cover, reading the title, author and illustrator. Record the childrens predictions on a chart.
- Turn the book over and see real life pictures of the boys, Ronde and Tiki Barber on the back cover. Walk through the book with the children looking at and discussing the pictures, making more predictions before you turn each page.
After students have enjoyed the book, use some of these questions to lead a discussion:
- Twins usually have a very close bond like Tiki and Ronde. Why do you think that is?
- Why was it not a good idea to go onto the construction site? Many vehicles, dirt piles and large pipes not yet laid look very appealing to children. Talk about safety issues and why it is important to stay away from sites where there is construction going on.
- If Tiki and Ronde were somewhere they werent supposed to be when Tiki got hurt, why do you think their mother wasnt really angry?
- If the boys loved sports so much, why do you think they did their homework first?
- Ronde and Tikis mom told the boys to play proud. What did she mean?
- What was the authors purpose for writing this book?
Use this activity to give students practice in identifying and matching pairs of homophones.
To extend students enjoyment of the book, try these:
- Whats Your Dream?: The boys had dreams of being big-name sports players. They enjoyed sports and played them well, with the encouragement of their mother. They stuck together and also encouraged each other. Ask the children what they dream about being when they grow up. Have them draw a picture of themselves in that profession. Write a title for the younger children; more able writers can write the professions name themselves. Hang pictures up in the room.
- In the Beginning: Every story has a beginning, middle, and an end. Talk about how the rest of the story supports these main events. Ask the students to think about which events or ideas are important to the story. Record what they say on a chart. Together, come up with the most important ideas and circle them. Make a large flow map to show the storys beginning, middle and end.
- Playing Safe: Since the boys were at a construction site when Tiki got hurt, talk about safety rules that go along with playing. Let the children each write one safety rule and illustrate it, then bind all the pictures together to make a book.
- Comparing Stories: Read another story where the main character never gives up, despite obstacles, such as The Little Engine That Could. Compare similarities and differences using the main characters or the details of each story.
- Two is a Pair: Twins come in twos. Have a discussion with students on other things that come in twos. Have students name other things that come in twos and for younger children you can practice counting by 2s. Students can find pictures in magazines or draw things that come in pairs.