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A few days ago, I blogged about the first picture book the boys and I will read together in Argentina. Below is the second of two lessons on “The Gold Coin” by Alma Flor Ada.
As you listen to the story a second time, collect a list of “treasures” that Juan collects along the way. Keep track of them in your “Picture Book Notebook” in Bamboo Paper.
Pick two of the following questions to respond to or activities to complete…
- At the beginning of the story, the old woman looks at her one coin, and says to herself that she must be the richest woman in the world. What does she mean by this? What did Juan think she meant?
- At the end of the story, Juan offers to fix Dona Josefa’s roof. Why does he do this?
- Answer Juan’s question: “Why would someone who said she was the richest woman spend her time taking care of every sick person for miles around?”
- Choose ONE of the “treasures” Juan finds along his journey (consult the list you kept while listening to the read-aloud), and illustrate this treasure.
- Make a list of treasures in your own life. Categorize your treasures by “things” and “other”.
Once student have shared their post-reading responses, gather to discuss the main idea of this story, then post the cover on a display board, along with the “lesson” or “big idea”.