Since the whole school is reading The Trumpet of the Swan, many teachers will want to find different ways of celebrating and exploring the book in-class. Here are some suggested activities that you may select, ignore, or use as inspiration. Naturally teachers will have to assess which activities seem appropriate for their respective grade levels.
There are 7 different suggestion categories. Here are two samples:
5) Sam’s poem
A lot of mileage cam be garnered from Sam’s poem (Ch. 19: pp. 220-221). Students could memorize and recite it. Students could look up and illustrate all the different animals in it (including the kinkajou and the wallaroo). Students could write their own, similar poems. Students could compare it to other, similar poems. (Dr. Seuss has one that’s similar — and yet very different.) Students could even look up (or teachers could read) the work of other poets on animals (e.g. Ogden Nash).
6) a Map
Have a student — or the class — make a map of Louis’ travels and adventures. Include all the important spots in Canada, Montana, and the northeast. They can even plot his routes: e.g. draw in the RR lines from Boston to N.Y., and then to Philly. For extra credit, students can look up and plot the three pit stops Louis makes on the way back from Philadelphia at the end of Ch. 19 (p. 224). To do so, students will have to find out where the Red Rocks Lakes are (in Montana) and look up spots like the Yemassee River. Could be a nice opportunity to develop map skills.