This post starts with a period and not an exclamation mark because let’s be real. The “honeymoon” phase with beginning of the year teaching is settling in. Regardless of how you’re feeling, nothing makes me quite as happy as fresh books for the year. This post focuses on read alouds for your reading classroom that will help you teach important skills, as well as embedding the holidays.
The book is America’s White Table by Margot Theis Raven
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The book is about a little girl named Katie who is helping her mother set the table for the family Veteran’s Day Dinner. The made a special table setting; an empty chair pushed to a little table, set with a white tablecloth, a white candle, a black napkin, an overturned glass, a plate with a slice of lemon, and a sprinkling of salt Her uncle John sees this set up and his eyes fill with tears.
Katie’s family has arranged the table according to the symbolic ritual intended to remember and honor the U.S military’s personnel who are missing in action, or are prisoners of war. In the book, Katie’s mother explains how each item as a symbolic meaning.
Regardless of how you feel about way, this book will increase awareness of the sacrifice of soldiers, and the plight of the missing prisoners.
Set up a table in your classroom as a remembrance for Veteran’s Day.
Small round table with an empty chair titled
White table cloth, folded black napkin
Wine glass (turned over), white candle lit
Lemon slice and grains of salt on a bread plate
One place setting (preferable white): fork, spoon, knife, and salt shaker
A red rose in a vase tied with a red ribbon
Add Explanation Cards to the Table:
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