Cricket in Times Square Teacher Guide
The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden is a Newbery Honor-book about a tiny cricket's adventure in the Big Apple. Our Study Guide and Teacher Guide increase both the understanding of the text and develop Reading Comprehension skills.
This series of picture books address the important questions kids often have, but may be afraid to ask. With a gentle frankness, author Carolyn Nystrom provides answers that convey the basics of Christian doctrine in a way that is simple, yet not childish. Kids will identify with the characters in the books - children like themselves, exploring concepts such as creation, the fall of man and the effects of sin, salvation, obedience, repentance, forgiveness, death, resurrection and life after death. I really appreciated the soft illustrations in this series, as well as the simple paraphrasing of scripture throughout. The scripture references are listed right in the text, giving you the option of transitioning from story time into a devotional by reading the scriptures from the translation of your choice. Each of the three books is 7½" x 8" with a hardcover binding, and there are about 30 pages per book. ~ Rachel P.
Just the right stuff! Thats what youll be thinking as you use this warm and inviting reading program from Memoria Press. The guides are well-organized, user-friendly, academically challenging, and graphically pleasing. Memoria believes that reading is not a passive activity, but that it requires an active, discriminating mind, one that has been challenged to think, compare, and contrast. That philosophy is evident in these guides.
Student Guides are consumable at the lower levels, providing space for the student to write. Each book/story/ poem is approached in much the same way, although with increasing depth. Vocabulary, comprehension/discussion questions, quotations, composition, and miscellaneous literary analysis activities (sequencing, literary terms, dictation, poetry connections, etc.) are covered.
Upper level books (Gr. 2 and up) are organized around the Trivium, and activities are grouped into Pre- Grammar (preparation prior knowledge or experience), Grammar (presentation essential facts, elements, and features), Logic (dialectic reasons with the facts, elements, and features), and Rhetoric (expression explains in own words with supporting details). Although there is consistency from lesson to lesson, there is also an extra activity provided with each lesson, and these are quite varied. Background information on the author and book is included. Several high school level guides have transitioned to Second Editions, which are smaller-format (6"x 9") with a focus on student activities without lined spaces. Students would record their work in a separate notebook.
Teacher Guides provide valuable teaching information and full-text answer keys at all grade levels. Beyond this there are variances within the guides. Discussion talking points, reproducible quizzes and final tests (with answers) are included in numerous guides especially at the upper levels. The first grade program (StoryTime Treasures and More StoryTime Treasures) differs a little bit in content due to the lower grade level. The second-grade level includes pre- and post-reading exercises that focus on continued phonics development, syllabication and vocabulary for the emerging independent reader. For grades 2-9, we are now offering literature guide only packages that include all the student and teacher guides for each grade, no books. ~ Janice
Please note that a brief synopsis of many of the books included here are provided in our Library Builders section. Study guides for the same book are often available from several publishers, so we found it more efficient to give a description of the book only once.