Welcome to the Booking Across the USA collaborative blogging project. Over 50 bloggers have teamed up to showcase a book and activity from every state in America. I’m excited to share about the great state of Illinois! For a complete list of bloggers representing the other states, please click here.
Illinois Book: Pizza Pie In The Sky: A Story About Illinois
The book I chose to feature is Pizza Pie In The Sky: A Story About Illinois by Karen Latchana Kenney. This a fact and fable book about a Monarch butterfly (IL state insect) who is trying to find her way south to catch up with the other migrating butterflies. During her journey, she travels across the state of Illinois learning lots of facts about the state. On the sidebar of each page, you will find a photograph and factual information about important landmarks and symbols of the state. A comprehension check is included at the end of the story. You will also find a suggested list of places to visit and a glossary to support readers.
This story would be at the interest level of K-4th grade students and appropriate for 3rd grade readers.
Pizza Pie In the Sky: A Story About Illinois was my first introduction to the ABDO Publishing Company and the Super Sandcastle State Stories series. You will find fact and fable stories about many other states including : New York, Alabama, Alaska, California, Georgia, Missouri and more!
Literacy Activity: Illinois Board Game
After reading the story, I had the idea of creating an Illinois game board to review the facts in the story plus a few more fun tidbits about the state. This game board idea could easily be adapted for any state you are studying.
1/2 piece of foam board, piece of cardboard or blank game board (I like these from Bare Books.)
an outline of the state of Illinois or you could free-hand your own
markers or crayons
2 pennies (Abraham Lincoln lived in IL and is on the head of a penny!)
6 index cards
Glue or draw an outline of the state in the middle of your board. Around the state, draw your playing path. Try to get at least 25 spaces. Mark 4-6 spaces with special directions such as “move ahead 1 space” or “go back to start”. Cut your index cards in half and write an “Illinois Game Cards” statement on each card.
You are ready to play! Place one penny heads up and one tails up on the “START” space. Each player rolls the die and moves their playing piece accordingly. A card is picked and read each turn. First player to make it around the board wins.
For a deeper learning experience, have your child design their own board and questions!
Now, let’s move on to that fabulous giveaway opportunity!
We are very excited to offer a GIVEAWAY today to go along with the Booking Across the USA project. Little Passports is a super fun way for your child to learn about the USA. It’s recommended for ages 7-12. Every month, Sam and Sofia travel to two new states. In the mail each month, your child will receive a package of learning adventures and games. Little Passports offers different subscription packages based on your needs. They even have a world passport collection too. Little Passports has graciously agreed to give a 3-month subscription of the USA Little Passports to one lucky Growing Book by Book reader!
To enter the giveaway for a 3-month subscription of the USA Little Passports you will need to either “Like” Little Passports on Facebook OR sign up for The Little Passports Newsletter. After you have done either one of these, simply leave a comment on this post telling us which one you did. That’s it! You have until 3/3/13 at 9:00p.m. (CST) to enter. One entrant (must be 18 years or older) will be randomly drawn and announced on Growing Book By Book the week of 3/3/13. The winner will also receive an email and has 48 hours to respond with a mailing address. If the information is not sent by the deadline, another entrant will be selected. Good luck!
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