- When Jenna visits her Great-aunt Sis she tells her the story about Bat (again). Is there a story you love to hear told to you? What is it? Retell the story to one of your classmates, so they can share it, too.
- In the story, the author uses personification to describe the times of day:
As Moon kissed Sun good night As Sun fetched morning As Sun caught a glimpse of Moon
- How could you use personification to describe the seasons?
In the story, Jenna needs four rows of jingles to finish her dress. Can you identify anything else that comes in fours? (The author’s note mentions: the four directions, four seasons, four stages of life, and four colors of man).
Visual/Spatial (good bulletin board activity)
After identifying all of the above, create a picture using any media you like. Use a variety of color, texture and pattern so that you will remember them!
Dancing is a terrific exercise. Brainstorm a list of all the different kinds of dance you can think of. List, too, if any of them have special costumes or regalia that are worn. Then, get those feet moving! If anyone has a dance they know which is celebrated in their culture, perhaps they would share it. CYN NOTE: it is strongly recommended that the children do not immitate a powwow or otherwise “play” Indian; instead, feature another form of dance. (If you want to integrate a powwow into the curriculum, you might consider a powwow video or taking the children on a field trip to a powwow in your area).
Jenna’s heart beats to the brum, brum, brum, brum of the powwow drum. Find something, other than an actual drum, that would create this sound. Then, create other rhythms that you think match the rhythm of the words in this story.
Jenna never asks for more than one row of jingles. Why? Have you ever asked for more than you should have? Write a brief journal about the times when maybe you should ask for less.
In the story, Jenna goes to visit her Great-aunt Sis, Mrs. Scott, and Cousin Elizabeth. If you were going to be in a powwow or, say, a big performance, who would you go tell? Who might you ask for help in getting ready for it? Write a letter to one of them telling about this story you read, and how it made you think of them!