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Lisa's Airplane Trip

Last updated Thursday, January 3, 2008

Author: Anne Gutman and Georg Hallensleben
Date of Publication: 2001
ISBN: 0375811141
Grade Level: Kindergarten    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Jan. 2008

Synopsis: From barnesandnoble.com: Lisa experiences for the first time in her life what it is like to travel on an airplane when she flies by herself to meet her uncle in the United States. The meal, movie, and other passengers provide endless amusement for Lisa -- until an unfortunate accident with her orange juice. Fortunately, a very nice flight attendant makes everything better with a quick wash in the bathroom, followed by a special trip to the cockpit.

Note to readers:
•  Lisa is a dog from Paris, France. Try reading the book with a French accent.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Have you ever ridden on an airplane? If yes, were you scared? If no, what do you think riding an airplane is like?
•  Have you ever been to an airport? Have you ever seen an airplane in the sky?
•  What other things can you fly in?

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  What kind of animal is Lisa? How do you know?
•  Where do you think Lisa is going on her trip? Somewhere near or somewhere far?
•  What is Lisa wearing on the cover and in the beginning pages? (Seatbelt) Why does Lisa need to wear that?
•  What would you eat from the page/tray of food?
•  Why did the lady want to change seats?
•  Where is Paris, France? (Show them on the map/globe how far Lisa traveled from Paris to NY, from Paris to LA)
•  Would you like to take a long plane trip by yourself? Why or why not?
•  Find Lisa's uncle in the picture.

Craft ideas:
•  Make a paper airplane with Lisa or you inside. Have a contest on how far each plane will fly. Instructions from: http://www.josephpalmer.com/planes/PL1/PL1.shtml
•  Draw a map of where you would want to fly. Trace the airplane's flight pattern from your house to your new adventure.
•  Make a postcard of where you want to go on a trip.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!