This book presents a problem that most kids can relate to. Okay, let's be honest. This book presents a problem that most people can relate to. How do you find the courage to pursue your dreams when the people around you are telling you to do something else? Astronaut Annie would be a great interactive read aloud because there are lots of opportunities to ask readers what Annie should do. In addition to the career crossword puzzle below, I included the NASA document about women in space that Suzanne Slade links to on her website. Upper elementary teachers, be sure to check out Tanya Lee Stone's Almost Famous. It'll fascinate your students.
Activity Name: Career Crossword
Activity Description: Give students a copy of Careers Crossword Puzzle provided in Teacher's Guide. Using the career definitions, students will learn about exciting career options as they solve the puzzle.
Whether it be for one specific student, a small group of kids, or a whole class, finding a "just right" book makes the teacher's and the students' day.