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Real Men Read Parent Toolkit

Parents, caregivers, and friends,
 
WELCOME to the Real Men Read Parent Resource page! Throughout the course of the school year, your kindergartener will bring home five books from their class MENtor. Check out this page to find information and ideas to help your child get the most out of the stories while having a ton of fun!
 
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Book Selections:

 
 
 
 
The Magic Fish

By Freya Littledale

While fishing, a fisherman comes across a magic fish who is able to grant wishes. The fisherman's wife keeps sending the fisherman back to ask the magic fish for more wishes until the magic fish cannot take it any longer!

THEME SPOTLIGHT
 
Imagination – Have you ever made a wish before? Have your wishes come true? What would you wish for if you pulled a Magic Fish out of the water?
 
Greediness – Are the fisherman and his wife asking the Magic Fish for too much? How does the fisherman's wife's greediness affect their lives? How do you show appreciation for what you have? 
 
VOCABULARY
 
  • Hut – a small single-story building of a simple construction, serving as a poor, rough or temporary house 
  • Wish – a desire or hope for something to happen
  • Queen – the female ruler of a certain area of land

READ AHEAD 
 
If your child really loves The Magic Fish, check out some more folk tales:
  • The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone
  • The Gingerbread Man by Karen Schmidt
  • The Bremen-town Musicians by Ruth Belov Gross
Ask your local librarian or teacher for more suggestions!
 
CRAFT ACTIVITY
 
Using paper and scissors cut out fish shapes and write down things that you are grateful for. Decorate the fish! Find a place in the house where you can make a “pond” to display all of your beautiful fish.

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Clever Trevor

By Sarah Albee
 
Trevor and his friends are kicked off the playground by some bullies at school. With some creativity and problem solving, Trevor comes up with a plan to win the playground back for him and his friends. 
 

THEME SPOTLIGHT

Problem Solving – Have you ever made a model or conducted an experiment to solve a problem before? Can you think of another solution for Trevor and his friends to win the playground back from the bullies?

Cooperation – How would you react if someone told you that you could not play on the playground anymore? How do the different group of friends work together at the end of the book compared to the beginning? What are some things that you can do if you are not getting along with other kids on the playground? 
 

VOCABULARY

  • Lever – a lifting machine
  • Effort – how much work it takes to lift the load
  • Load – what is being lifted
  • Fulcrum – the base the lever rests on

READ AHEAD

If your child really loves Clever Trevor, check out some more science-related books:
  • A Slimy Story by Michelle Knudsen
  • Bubble Trouble by Nat Gabriel
  • What's That Sound? by Mary Lawrence

Ask your local librarian or teacher for more suggestions!

CRAFT ACTIVITY

It's time to make your own model seesaw just like Trevor! All you need is a ruler to use as the lever and a marker to use as the fulcrum. Now, play with the seesaw using different objects on either end and move the fulcrum around to see how that changes how the seesaw works.

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The New Girl . . . and Me 

By Jacqui Robbins
 
Shakeeta is the new girl at school and does not "feel at home" in the classroom quite yet. Through the power of friendship, she and one of the students, Mia, make school a more welcoming place for the both of them.
 

THEME SPOTLIGHT

Friendship – How do you like to have fun with your friends? How do you find it easiest to make friends with new people? What are some ways to make new and current classmates feel more at home when they are at school?
 
Sense of Humor – How do you react when other people laugh or make jokes about you? How can you laugh about other people while still being respectful and making them feel welcomed?
 

VOCABULARY

  • Iguana – a large, tropical lizard with a green coloration; can be kept as a pet
  • Home – a place where someone lives or where they feel comfortable being at
  • Laughter – a sound that expresses that a person is amused, happy or having fun     

READ AHEAD

If your child really loves The New Girl... and Me, check out some more books about friendship:
  • Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry
  • The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson
  • How Do Dinosaurs Play With Their Friends? by Jane Yolen

Ask your local librarian or teacher for more suggestions!

CRAFT ACTIVITY

Using a paper plate, create your favorite animal that you can display somewhere in your house! Use this website for inspiration.
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How Full is Your Bucket?

By Tom Rath & Mary Reckmeyer
 
Felix can see invisible buckets of water floating over people's heads that fill up when people are nice or get emptier when people are mean. Because he can see the buckets, Felix begins to change the way he treats others so he can be a bucket filler instead of a bucket dipper. 
 

THEME SPOTLIGHT

Caring – How can you fill someone else's bucket? How does it make you feel when you are a bucket filler? 
 
Respect – What does it mean to respect someone else? What are ways you can respect other people?
 

VOCABULARY

  • Bucket – a cylindrical open container with a handle, used to hold and carry liquids or other material 
  • Invisible – unable to be seen
  • Empty – containing nothing; not filled

READ AHEAD

If your child really loves How Full is Your Bucket?, check out some similar stories:
  • What If Everybody Did That? by Ellen Javernick
  • But It's Not My Fault! by Julia Cook
  • The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig

Ask your local librarian or teacher for more suggestions!
    
CRAFT ACTIVITY

Using paper, draw a bucket with drops pouring into it for each member of your family. Have everyone write on the drops ways to fill each person's bucket, and then find somewhere in the house to display the drawings.

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The Last Stop on Market Street

By Matt de la Peña
 
CJ and his nana take the bus every week to a local soup kitchen, but CJ does not understand why he does not have a car or iPod's like other kids his age have. On their journey to the soup kitchen, Nana shows him how to find the beauty in all situations. 
 

THEME SPOTLIGHT

Volunteering – Have you ever volunteered before or seen others volunteer? Why is it important to help others?
 
Positivity –  What is something you find to be positive about your daily routine? How can you spread positivity to those around you? Is it challenging to find the positive in every situation?
 

VOCABULARY

Bus – a large motor vehicle that serves the public by transporting passengers on roads 
Blind – unable to see because of injury, disease or a condition
Soup kitchen – a place where free food is served to people who are hungry

READ AHEAD

If your child really loves Last Stop on Market Street, check out some similar stories:
  • A Chair For My Mother by Vera B Williams
  • Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts
  • Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson

Ask your local librarian or teacher for more suggestions!

CRAFT ACTIVITY

Help your family cook dinner tonight! Choose a favorite meal of yours and help cook and serve the meal for the rest of your family.

 

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