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My Great-Aunt Arizona



Last updated Sunday, October 23, 2005

Author: Gloria Houston
Date of Publication:
ISBN:
Grade Level: 5th    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Mar. 2002, Mar. 2001

Synopsis: In a tribute to her great-aunt Arizona, a teacher for fifty-seven years, the author recalls Arizona's exuberant lifestyle and the zest for learning that she instilled in generations of her students.

Discussion topics: To be posted soon ...

Craft ideas:
•  Make a button (large piece of construction paper in some shape) with a collage of what it means to be a teacher, what you like about teachers, who your favorite teacher is, what you learned from her/him.
•  If the story had taken place this year, what other professions besides teacher could Arizona have become? What did her students become? Draw and write that story.

*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!