Papa Piccolo

Papa Piccolo

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Item #: 000765
ISBN: 9781559420280
Grades: PK-2

Product Description:

This is a cute story about a tomcat getting a family. Set in Venice, readers get a little taste of Italy, from the Italian words used by the cats and the gondoliers, to the Venetian architecture depicted in the colorful, attractive illustrations. 31 pgs in a large format, hc book. ~ Zach

Piccolo shows boys and girls about sharing their strength with those who are smaller, younger, or weaker. Piccolo leads a life full of adventure and possibilities. And then two homeless kittens decide to adopt the free-spirited Piccolo. "I`m not a Papa cat," objects Piccolo. "I'm a tomcat." Children will delight in seeing how the kittens help Piccolo discover his own tender heart and a new kind of adventure. And Illustrator Itoko Maeno's watercolor depictions of the canals, markets, byways, boats, and bridges of Venice will delight children. With the Papa Piccolo teaching guide, your students will be saying "Hello" and "Goodbye" and more in Italian! They will also be singing Piccolo's lullaby, creating cat masks to look like their favorite felines, and pondering how the Venetians keep the canal water out of their houses.

Papa Piccolo will help you:

  • Promote a sense of responsibility for others
  • Explore the many different kinds of families
  • Introduce the Italian language and information about Venice

Category Description for Five in a Row Literature Unit Studies:

These literature-based unit study curriculum guides are so named because you spend five days in a row (a full week; one day for each subject area) using a particular children's book as the theme for multiple academic subject areas. Five in a Row (FIAR) Volumes 1-3 cover social studies and character, language arts, math, science, and art through 15-21 children's books. The literature selections, primarily picture books, contain positive moral values reflecting Biblical values. Christian content is not incorporated in Volumes 1-3, but is available separately in a Christian Character & Bible Study Supplement. Five in a Row Vol. 4 is for slightly older students (Grades 2-4) and features fewer books, some of which are stretched to two weeks of lessons. Christian content is included in the Volume 4 guide.

Before Five in a Row takes the same concept, but simplifies it for ages 2-4, with multiple activities provided for each book, but not as structured between days of the week.

Beyond Five in a Row is the next step up (for Grades 3+), and these guides are structured around chapter books. Activities at this level incorporate history, geography, science, language arts and fine arts with Christian Character and Bible content available separately.

Category Description for Five in a Row:

These literature-based unit study curriculum guides cover social studies and character, language arts, math, science, and art. Literature selections contain positive moral values reflecting Biblical values. Use as a stand-alone curriculum for preschool or supplement with phonics and math for older children. Curriculum is so named because you spend five days in a row (a full week; one day for each subject area) using a particular children's book as the theme. There's plenty of text here as the author provides all the reference material you'll need right in the volumes as background for your studies. Hands-on activities and projects abound and there are plenty to choose from each day, using the literature selections as a springboard. The varying difficulty of the activities makes it easy to use with a range of ages. Very little teacher preparation is required. Once you have the needed literature selection, you can open the book and begin! Each book also includes tips for teaching the curriculum, instructions for creating manipulatives, a topical index, a sample planning sheet with a blank, reproducible lesson plan sheet, literary glossary, story disks, and suggestions for finding the reading books. Volumes 1-3 do not incorporate Biblical content, as this is found in the optional Christian Character & Bible Study Supplement, available separately.

Category Description for UNIT STUDIES:

What is a "unit study"? Briefly, it's a thematic or topical approach to teaching as opposed to the traditional by-subject approach. Rather than teach each subject separately, a unit study attempts to integrate many or all subject areas into a unified study - usually centered around a particular subject or event. Obviously History (the study of events) and Science (the study of "things") are well-suited to unit studies, and usually form the "core" around which other subjects are integrated. Subjects like Bible, Geography, Government, English (writing), and Reading/Literature, Music, Home Economics, Life Skills, and Art, are usually easy to integrate around a core topics. Remaining subjects (Math, Phonics, Grammar, Spelling) can be integrated to some extent via related activities. Each, however, has its own "system" (progression of skills, mastery of "rules") which must be followed to some degree. Since one of the additional advantages of a unit study curriculum is the ability to use it with students of varying ages and skill levels, these subjects are generally taught apart from the core curriculum. This may be as simple as assigning pages in a grammar or spelling book, or using a separate "program" for Phonics and Math. Unit studies also tend to be more activity-oriented than the traditional approach, a real boon to kinesthetic learners. Advocates of the unit study approach site studies showing that children learn best when learning is unified rather than fragmented and when learning is more participatory than passive.

Primary Subject
Library Builders
Grade Start
Grade End
Trade Cloth
Series Title
Key Concepts in Personal Development Ser.
6 to 9
Itoko Maeno (Illustrator)
Carol Talley
Brand Name
Marsh Media
1.1 (lbs.)
12.25" x 9.5" x 0.5"
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Five in a Row curriculum
Tania R on Feb 15, 2020
Goes with Five In A Row Volume 1
User on Nov 21, 2018
Five in a Row curriculum
Tania R on Feb 15, 2020
Five in a Row Resource
Tara E on Apr 14, 2019
Goes with Five In A Row Volume 1
User on Nov 21, 2018
FIAR book.
sherri h on Aug 4, 2018
This book was needed for five in a row.
Claire B on Jul 14, 2017
I borrowed from someone else and lost it!
Felicia K on Sep 22, 2016
It's part of my FIAR book list. :)
Alicia L on Jul 30, 2016
Classic book and part of the Five in a Row list.
Emily C on Apr 19, 2016
Our library doesn't have this book but now our library will!
Jason L on Oct 19, 2015
i have a cat that look like the cover enjoy this book to.
Maria R on Sep 23, 2015
Five in a Row Resource
Tara E on Apr 14, 2019
FIAR book.
sherri h on Aug 4, 2018
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Adorable book
My kids love this story. Love the art work and quality of the books structure.
August 23, 2019
1 year ago
Fantastic Book
Gorgeous pictures, cute story, and learning about another culture blended in seamlessly. This book is a gem.
May 21, 2017
over 3 years ago
Great Child's book
This book goes with the Five in a Row program- but even if you are not using that program, it is a great children's book. Beautiful pictures of Italy and a sweet story of a male cat that adopts 2 abandoned kittens.
October 24, 2015
over 5 years ago

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