I'm super excited to feature another book by The Center School 2018 mock Caldecott Winner, Matt Tavares. Plus, the book ties in nicely with our class fantasy baseball league which will be starting up shortly. You can read more about that here. Finally, I used to teach first grade bilingual Spanish in Chelsea, and I always needed books in Spanish. Growing Up Pedro is available in Spanish and English. The activity below is a combination of two activities from the teacher's guide.
Activity Name: How Far From Home?
Activity Description: "Pull up a map of North America. Have students mark all the different places that Pedro played: the Dominican Republic, Montana, Montreal, and so on. Ask students to determine the miles between each location. Which place was the farthest from Pedro’s home? Which place was the closest?" Then, assign pairs of students various places in U.S. and Canada. Ask them to write a letter from Pedro's point of view describing to his friends and family in the D.R., what it's like to be in Montana or Montreal.
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.