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Grade 3 Books Overview

A Walk In The Rain With A Brain - Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.

Maddi's Fridge - Lois Brandt

Where Oliver Fits - Cale Atkinson

Because Amelia Smiled - David Ezra Stein

Grade 3 Discontinued Books

Effie - Beverly Allinson (Discontinued)

Don't Laugh At Me - Steve Seskin (Discontinued)

Because Brian Hugged His Mother - David L. Rice (Discontinued)

Because Amelia Smiled – Activity #2: "Around The World"

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  • Because Amelia Smiled – Activity #2: "Around The World"

Activity #2: “Around The World”

The purpose of this activity is to work on using a map to identify where the story went around the world and to research details about each country or place mentioned.


  • Copy of world map for each student (provided)
  • Access to computer
  • Overhead transparency of world map
  • Overhead projector or document camera
  • Wall map if not able to use an overhead projector
  • Fun Fact recording sheet

Teacher Preparation:

  • Print a world map for each student
  • Print a fun fact recording sheet for each student
  • Copy the world map onto an overhead transparency if using overhead projector or use a paper copy with the document camera
  • World map with countries labeled – can use one that is online and connect computer to overhead projector for class to see OR use a wall map of the world with the countries lableled OR use Google Maps to find locations
  • Access to computers/notebooks/ipads for research.


Step by Step:

Step One: Make a list of the countries that were mentioned in the story.

Step Two: Using a wall map, projected map from transparency, or projected Google map, as a class, mark on the photocopy of the world map where those places are located. Number them in order of where the story started (#1) and then each country in order until it is back at the start again.

Step Three: Use a line to join the numbered dots together adding arrows to indicate direction that the story goes around the world.

Step Four: Have students (can work on own or with a partner) pick one of the countries from the story to research using a computer/notebook/ipad/or books in the library to gather information. Encourage the students to find out facts such as: what the flag looks like; language spoken; famous sight for tourists to see if they visit that country; etc.

Step Five: Have student record information on fact recording sheet provided.


End Product:

Students will have a record of facts on the researched country and a map showing the location of the countries in the story.



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