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Take a Lit-Trip with Number the Stars

Take a Lit-Trip with Number the Stars

I came across a wonderful discovery, Google Lit Trips! 

This site is amazing to expand the background knowledge of a novel and to add a whole new dimension to the book. From the Google Lit Trip site:

What is a Google Lit Trip?

Lit Trips are downloadable files that mark the journeys of characters from famous literature on the surface of Google Earth. Along the way, placemarks with pop-up windows contain “just in time” resources including relevant media, thought-provoking discussion starters, and links to supplementary information about “real world” references in that portion of the story. The focus is on creating engaging and relevant literary experiences for students.

It is free to use for individual educators and classroom teachers. There is an option to sign up for a multi-user registration to use within a classroom. All you’ll need on your computer is to download Google Earth. The Google Lit Trip “Getting Started” page explains all you need to do.

One of the available titles for a Google Lit Trip is Number the Stars by Lois Lowry.

This Google Lit Trip maps the journey Annemarie and her family takes between Denmark and Sweden to help their Jewish friends escape the Nazis.


Along the way, you can make a stop and read about the location. This information can tie into the story and/or add background information to the reader to enhance the story using photos, videos, Google Earth visuals, and descriptive information.


If you are using my Number the Stars Novel Study, I highly recommend you check out this accompanying Lit Trip to enhance the learning and enjoyment of the novel for your students.

I can’t sing the praises of this Lit Trip highly enough. It is such a fantastic addition to using this novel in the classroom.


Are you interested in reading about and sharing ideas with other educators on using children’s literature in your classroom? My goal is to bring together teachers and homeschoolers who teach grades 3-8 and use novels with their students. I’d love for you to join me to learn, share, and grow together!

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Introduce Holocaust Studies with Number the Stars

Introduce Holocaust Studies with Number the Stars

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry is a wonderful historical fiction novel to use along with a study of the Holocaust. Number the Stars is the 1990 winner of the Newbery Medal for most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

 

 

 

From the Back Cover: 
Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen often think about life before the war. But it’s now 1943 and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school, food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching in their town.

The Nazi’s won’t stop. The Jews of Denmark are being “relocated”, so Ellen moves in with the Johansens and pretends to be a part of the family.

Then Annemarie is asked to go on a dangerous mission. Somehow she must find the strength and courage to save her best friend’s life. There’s no turning back now.

 

 

This novel study gives students a historical peek into WWII Europe and the lives of those that feared the Nazis and those that tried to help. It is a way to get your students looking through the eyes of another to help understand the atrocities of the Holocaust.

 

This novel study contains both a printable and a Google Drive format to use in the paperless classroom.



Are you interested in reading about and sharing ideas with other educators on using children’s literature in your classroom? My goal is to bring together teachers and homeschoolers who teach grades 3-8 and use novels with their students. I’d love for you to join me to learn, share, and grow together!

Click here or the image below to join my Facebook group, Book Talk with The Teaching Bank!

Click to join Book Talk with The Teaching Bank


*The Teaching Bank participates in the Amazon Associate Program and earns a fee from qualifying purchases made on the Amazon.com site.