So B. It Extension Activity
- Grades: 6–8
About this book
So B. It by Sarah Weeks
1. Both Heidi's mama and Bernadette use made-up words. Soof is Mama's word for love. Bernadette uses the word rimple to describe when Heidi's mama gets frustrated. Brainstorm a list of five original words. Then decide what each word will mean. Will it be a feeling, an idea, or a thing? Write down your definition next to each word. Now trade new-word lists and explain to your partner how you decided on each word.
Invite your class to discuss how Bernadette and Mama use the words rimple and soof respectively. Have the class suggest new words and write a few on the board. Ask the class to think about the sound of a new word and figure out what it might mean. Once you have modeled the exercise for the class, invite each student to construct a list of five new words and their meanings.
2. Heidi keeps a book of lists. She makes a list of what she knows about her mama and one about Georgia from the bus. Pick another major character from the book (such as Heidi, Bernadette, Zander, Ruby, or Thurman Hill) and make a list of everything you know about him or her.
Ask your class to recall characters from the book. Write the characters' names on the board and review the role each one played in the story. Students can select from the list of characters and use their book for support as they make a list of everything they know about their selected characters.
3. Heidi's mama only uses 23 words, but she is able to communicate what she needs and how she feels. For instance, when she offers tea to Heidi, she is also offering comfort. Imagine you could only use 23 words. Make a list of what words you would use and explain your choices. Would you be able to use the same word for more than one purpose?
Have students brainstorm the kinds of messages they communicate during the course of a day. You may start by having students suggest different interactions during which they must communicate (items on the list may include meals at home, class time, and talking with friends). Invite each student to create a list of 23 words and revise as necessary. Students may pair off and attempt to have a conversation only using the words they have listed.