One of the great pleasures of many people is travel. Today it is
relatively easy to travel from country to country.
People in today's world are very mobile. With relative ease and with
great speed people can move from place to place. People travel in cars,
vans, trains, ships, and airplanes. Not only is it easy to travel from
one town to another, it is also easy to travel form one country to
another. Movement of people, products, and ides from one country to
another is very much a part of our daily lives.
Shared Book Literature Source
With Love from Gran, Dick Gackenback
The little boy's Gran is great. He loves to site on her lab while
they shell peas together. Then one day Gran decided to see the world.
Gran send the little boy a present from each place she visits. From
London comes a model castle and a crown; from Budapest a gypsy wagon;
from Hong Kong a giant dragon; from Lima a llama. But Gran's last
present is the best of all.
Other Materials Needed
- World Discovery Map
- Map Markers
- Post it Notes
- Discovery Globe
As part of a pre-reading activity, open the book to the map shown on
the title page. Discuss with the students the purpose of a map. List the
student responses on the chalkboard or chart paper. Ask the students to
list the types of things shown on a map. Help the student develop the
list and include such items as the names of continent, countries, and
cities. Also ask the students to predict the purpose of the dots and
lines shown on the map on the title page.
In a shared book experience, read the story with the children.
Discuss the places where Gran traveled. List the name of each city and
country visited on the chalkboard or chart paper.
After finishing the book, review the prediction make earlier about
the line and dots appearing on the title page map.
Review the places where Gran traveled. Ask the students to explain
the difference between a city and a country. Cluster the names by cities
and by countries.
Use the World Discovery Map and the Discovery Globe. Working in
cooperative groups, find and circle the countries from which Gran sent
gifts. Ask for volunteers to place "Post-it" notes with the name of each
city and country on the map. Locate each country on the globe. Compare
and contrast the differences between the work map and the globe.
Ask the students to refer to the world physical map at the top edge
of the World Discovery Map. Ask a student to describe a continent. Have
students name the continent where each country is located.
Discuss the different methods of travel Gran took to visit the other
places in the world. Ask the students to think about how the mail is
sent around the world. * Plan a trip to the library to find out. (You
may want to have the librarian pre-select "easy-reader" books on mail
and how it travels) Back in the classroom, have the children find
pictures of the different vehicles that move the mail: trucks,
airplanes, ships, etc. and cut out and glue on sentence strips. In a
pocket chart, build these sentences:
Mail moves by
___________________________________________________(picture of a truck).
Mail moves by _______________________________________________
(picture of an airplane).
Mail moves by ___________________________________________________
(picture of a ship).
* Bring out the fact that postal workers perform a great service to
Review the pictures in the book of the gifts the little boy received
from each country. Ask the students to use the pictures to try to
determine what the people may be like in other countries. Do they like
toys, dogs, costumes, masks, and stuffed animals? Bring out the point
that we have many things in common with people of other nationalities