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WISDOM FROM ST. NICHOLAS

 

TEACHING TIPS FOR

GABRIEL'S MAGIC

ORNAMENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Assign chapters to children to dramatize. Help them understand their part and their actions. Each day have a different group dramatize a chapter.

  2. Make the book into a play that can be performed around Christmas time. The play may be done in a Reader's Theater format.

  3. Ask the children to rewrite page 5. If they were transported into Arboria instead of Chris and Laura, what would their first comments be? What would their main concerns be about the situation in Arboria?

  4. Pass out Christmas ornaments or have children bring one from home. Have them write a story about their ornament.

  5. Before reading Gabriel's Magic Ornament aloud to the class, read The Polar Express by Chris Allsburg, The Pied Piper, and Pandora's Box.

  6. After reading page 44, ask children to debate, using proper debate etiquette, whether they would want to stay or return home. Or have children write one paragraph giving valid reasons for their decision to stay or return home.

  7. Ask children to research doves and olive branches and to report on their significance.

  8. After reading page 62, ask children to debate or write paragraphs stating what they think about cheap toys versus expensive toys. Ask them if they would rather have quality or quantity. Let the children share their ideas.

  9. Ask children to read the glossary first; then have them write their own story.

  10. Ask students to write a different ending to the story and share it with the class.


*Suggestions are by Judy Staley, Children's Librarian (retired)

 

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