Tar Beach Extension Activity
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2
Have the students lie on the floor or on mats, and close their eyes. Reread Tar Beach and have each of the students imagine that he or she is Cassie flying over the George Washington Bridge. When you are finished, ask the children how it felt to fly. Then, have the children lie down again. Reread page one of Tar Beach and then call on the children to imagine what they see as they fly. Tape record this session. Provide paper for the children to illustrate what they looked like while flying, and what they noticed during their flight. Help children transcribe their narrations from the recorder to their illustrations. Bind pages into a book with observations in the order that they occurred in your recording session. Accompany the book's classroom debut with the taped narration.