Ida B...And Her Plans To Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, And (Possibly) Save The World Extension Activity
- Grades: 3–5
About this book
1. Ida B loves to be a part of nature, and is most comfortable outside. She is amazed by the world around her and is constantly discovering new things. Take time as a class to go on nature walks in your neighborhood. Look closely at the world around you, take notes, make sketches, and see what you find.
Have a discussion with the class before you go, and find out what they already know about their environment. Talk to them about how many people use observation for their work: scientists, writers, artists, and others. Then tailor your activity to your purpose: Students could write poetry or prose based on their experience, the class could take many walks and record the ways in which the environment changes, or they could use the experience to create larger pieces of art.
2. Ms. Washington helps Ida B in many ways. She is a supportive teacher and friend. Think about which teachers have had an impact on your life. How have they helped you to grow? Collect stories as a class and share them with each other and the teachers that have touched you. Reread the parts of the story about Ms. Washington and Ida B and discuss how Ms. Washington was helpful.
Students should use this activity to practice writing an effective, entertaining narrative.
3. Ida B loves nature and was deeply saddened when part of her family's orchard was cut down. She believes that one should take care of the earth, as her father says. How could your class take care of the earth, individually or through a class project?
This is a great opportunity for students to get involved on a local, national, or global level. Help the students to brainstorm ideas. They might include promoting recycling within your school, protecting endangered animals, or examining how individual families might become more environmentally friendly.