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A Birthday Basket


For Tia


CHALLENGING WORDS

birthday

breakfast

decorate


favorite

mixing


perfume

pinata


pineapple

teacup


watermelon

SUMMARY

It is a special day for Cecilia, because it is her Great Aunt Tia's birthday. It's her secret. She tries to find a special present for her aunt.








--- Conversation Questions---


(1)

Name three characters in the story.

(Answer)

Cecilia, mama, and Tia Rose.

(Follow Up)

Who was your favorite character and why?




(2)

Suppose you were Cecilia, how would you feel having a great aunt like Tia?


(Answer)

Any logical answer.

(Follow Up)

Do you have a favorite aunt? Who?




(3)

Suppose you lived in Cecilia's country, how would you celebrate your birthday?

(Answer)

Any logical answer.

(Follow Up)

How do you celebrate your birthday's?




(4)

Suppose you're Tia, what kind of special gift would you give your aunt for her ninetieth birthday?

(Answer)

Any logical answer.

(Follow Up)

Have you ever received a very special gift? What was it?




(5)

Define "pińata" .

(Answer)

A paper figure filled with candy.

(Follow Up)


Have you ever had a pińata for your birthday?




(6)

Name where Tia Rose lived as a little girl.

(Answer)

Mexico.

(Follow Up)

Have you ever lived in another country?




(7)

List the items Cecilia gives Tia for her birthday.

(Answer)

Flowers, red ball, the teacup, flowerpot, bowl and a book.

(Follow Up)

What's your favorite item Cecilia gave Tia?




(8)

Name how old Tia Rosa was?

(Answer)

Ninety.

(Follow Up)

How old are you?




(9)

Look for what Mama is cooking and cutting in the story.


(Answer)

Beans, pineapple, watermelon, and mangoes.

(Follow Up)

What is your favorite food?




(10)

Recall what country the story took place in.

(Answer)

Any logical answer.

(Follow Up)

What country to you like to live in?






Activities




1.

Draw a scene of one of your favorite birthday parties.




2.

Write out an invitation to your birthday party. Be sure to include time, place, telephone number, etc.




3.

Imagine you had a birthday party. Write in you diary how you felt and what kinds of gifts you received.








4.

Write sentences using your target words and building on vocabulary words.




Introductions








1.

Bring in a birthday present in a box. Let the children shake the box and imagine what is in it. Say "We're going to read about a little girl who tries to find a special present for her Great Aunt Mia's ninetieth birthday."







2.

Bring in an invitation to a party. Ask the children what kind of present would you give you great aunt for her ninetieth birthday? Say "We're going to read a bout a little girl who tries to find a special present for her great aunt Tina's ninetieth birthday.







3.

Bring in a picture of ice cream and a birthday cake. Ask them if they have ever received a very special gift. Say "We're going to read about a little girl who tries to find a special present for her great aunt Lia's ninetieth birthday."






Book Title: A Birthday Basket for Tia


Author: Pat Mora

Illustrator: Cecily Lang

ISBN: 0-590-47758-7

# of Text Pages: 19 AR: 2.4 LEX: 440

Building Oral Vocabulary

6

breakfast

12

mixing

23

pińata

Prediction Questions

9

What do you think Cecilia wants the basket for?

20

What do you think she will put in the basket next?

23

What do you think will happen next?


This resource is provided by THE LEARNING CORPS—Barren County Board of Education, an AmeriCorps project funded in part by the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service and the Corporation for National and Community Service.






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