3rd – 6th Literature for Vision/Dream, Goal Setting, and Self-Reflection

All Ages

What Do You Do With An Idea by Kobi Yamada 

Plot Summary: A young boy has an idea. The idea starts as a small golden  in the boy's colorless world. It follows him everywhere. He can't get rid of it. The boy is afraid that his idea will not be liked by others, so he protects his idea and hides it. But soon, the idea starts to grow and the boy starts feeling better about his idea. He starts nurturing it and one day it breaks open, free, and adds new colors to the boy's life. The final line of the story is, "So what do you do with an idea? You change the world."

What To Do With An Idea Lesson Plan  3-4th grades
What To Do With An Idea  video  2:53 min.  Read Aloud of book

Grades 3 – 6

Catching the Moon:  The Story of a Young Girl's Baseball Dream  

14 min.  Read-Aloud by Kevin Costner
True story about a girl who grew up to become a professional baseball player
Includes a downloadable Activity Guide

Marvelous Mattie: How Margaret E. Knight Became an Inventor

True Story:   With her sketchbook labeled "My Inventions "and her father's toolbox, Mattie could make almost anything - toys, sleds, and a foot warmer. When she was just twelve years old, Mattie designed a metal guard to prevent shuttles from shooting off textile looms and injuring workers. As an adult, Mattie invented the machine that makes the square-bottom paper bags we still use today.
Margaret E. Knight - Inventor  - brief biography
Margaret E. Knight video by student  4:14 min. 

ACTIVITY:  Hot Dog Booklet  5:00 min.  How-To- Make a Book Video by Susan Gaylord   - can put several together to make a longer book.   Uses grocery bag – shows book about Margaret Knight, the person who invented the flat-bottomed grocery bag.

Grades 3-7

– Scholastic website has a wide variety of teacher resource materials for this book. Includes Vocabulary boosters, Booktalk, Author’s notes, Lesson plans, Teacher's Guide
Esperanza Rising Video Booktalk  1:34 min.
Pam Munoz Reads an Excerpt from Esperanza Rising  3:23 min.  
Lesson Plan and Discussion questions
Discussion Questions
Vocabulary Boosters
Esperanza Rising : A Flashlight Readers Activity