Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Adventures of Daniel Boom: Sound Off! by DJ Steinberg

The Adventures of Daniel Boom aka Loud Boy: Sound Off!
by DJ Steinberg, illustrated by Brian Smith
Parent-Child Book Discussion
Grades 3-5

snack: bubble gum/fortune cookies

Discussion Questions:

1. Thumbs Up/ Thumbs Down and general comments about the book.

2. Why does the Boom family move to Stillville?

3. What was special about the kids in detention?

4. Which "super kid" did you like best and why? What would you call yourself if you were specially abled?

5. Daniel's voice cracks glass. Do you think this could happen in real life? Why or why not?
Article from Scientific American on sound waves breaking glass:

6. What do the adults at Kid Rid hate about children? What behaviors do you think bother adults in your life? What do you think people like about children?

7. Geof Loyd was an anagram for what name? Use wordsmith.org to see if you can make an anagram of your name. What else did you notice about characters' names?

Which characters are:

Odds win
Love Fit Zit
Rid Zero Ex Rug
Nab Oldie Om
Yell Stun Cane

(a: sid down, violet fitz, rex rodriguez, daniel boom, uncle stanley)

8. Kid Rid hopes to unleash a "silence" ray. What are some of the side-effects of such an invention? Can you think of any inventions that might improve on Kid Rids ideas? (Hearing blockers, etc)


--Write fortune cookie sayings and exchange with other students.
Or try virtual fortune cookies: http://www.virtualfortunecookies.com/
--Draw superhero comics of themselves as heros.
--White-out comic strip bubbles and let students write their own conversation the old-fashioned way or try http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/Comix/

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