Author Study: Patricia Polacco
These websites are about author Patricia Polacco and her books. There are lesson plans, interactive activities, interviews, and biographies. Includes information about the learning disability of dyslexia, which Polacco has. There are links to eThemes resource on the Civil War, farming, and Christmas.
This is the author's official website. Click on "Books" for quizzes, activities, and bookmarks for the books. Click on "Author Info" to read more about Polacco.
Scholastic: Patricia Polacco
Here is a biography of the author.
Quia: Appelemando's Dreams
These hangman puzzles use vocabulary words from Polacco's book "Appelemando's Dreams."
Here are some activity ideas to go along with Polacco's book "Welcome Comfort."
Literature Circle Units
These are literature circle units for many of Patricia Polocca's books, including "Welcome Comfort."
Strategies for Teaching the Value of Diversity
This lesson plan on diversity uses the book "Mrs. Katz and Tush" by Polacco.
Scholastic: "Thunder Cake"
Click on the links to the right for a writing prompt, extension activity, and lesson plan for the book.
Quia: "Thunder Cake"
This hangman game uses vocabulary words from the book "Thunder Cake."
Read about dyslexia, the learning disability that Patricia Polacco had. Click on "Dyslexia" to read more about the disease and how children can deal with it.
eThemes Resource: Civil War: African American Soldiers
These sites are about the African American men who fought for the Union Army and Navy during the Civil War. Read letters from the soldiers and view several photographs. There are recruitment posters and other primary documents from the Civil War era. Includes links to eThemes Resources on the Emancipation Proclamation and other Civil War topics.
eThemes Resource: Civil War: Union Soldier
These sites are about Union soldiers and their beliefs about the Civil War. Read letters written by soldiers to friends and family members. See the uniforms they wore and other artifacts from the war. There are links to eThemes Resources on Confederate Soldiers and an overview of the Civil War.
eThemes Resource: Civil War: Confederate Soldier
These sites are about the Confederate soldiers and their beliefs about the Civil War. Read letters from soldiers and see photographs showing them in uniform. Learn which states supported the Confederacy. There are links to eThemes Resources on Unions soldiers and an overview of the Civil War.
eThemes Resource: Agriculture: Farming Today
This site includes information about farming today. Learn about modern day techniques such as crop rotation, organic farming, and hydroponics. See farm equipment that is used by farmers. An eThemes on Dairy Farming is included.
eThemes Resource: Holiday: Christmas Traditions in America
These sites explain Christmas traditions in America, including Santa, stockings, Christmas trees, and the story of Jesus. There are some educational activities that have a Christmas theme, such as story starters and math problems. Also includes text of the famous letter, "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa" and "Twas the Night Before Christmas." There are links to eThemes Resources on Kwanzaa and Hanukkah.
eThemes Resource: Holiday: Christmas Around the World
These sites explain how Christmas is celebrated in different parts of the world. Countries include France, Canada, Poland, England, China, the Philippines, and many more. Hear how "Merry Christmas" is pronounced in several languages and discover if people around the globe decorate trees or believe in Santa. There are links to eThemes Resources on Christmas traditions in America and Christmas crafts and games.
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