The Moon Inside encourages children to be interested in the natural world and to explore new parts of their worlds.
Here are some suggestions for discussion questions after reading the story aloud:
- Ask the children about their favorite colors. Ask them to think about something in the natural world that is their favorite color.
- Go outside at school and have the children write down two things they hear and two things they see.
- What things do they hear and see at night that they can’t see during the day?
- Have them write down their favorite thing about the night and their least favorite thing.
- Is the dark the least favorite thing for some? Ask your students to share some other least favorite things.
- Discuss what could make them like the least favorite thing any better. Let other children offer suggestions.
- Talk about whether Ella was still afraid of the dark at the end of the story.
- Mention a fear you had as a child that you overcame.
- Share a favorite nighttime experience.
- Have the children draw an image of themselves outside at night. Talk about what things they would see outdoors at night where they live. It might be an apartment building lit up, streetlights, the moon, or something else.
- Have them share their pictures with each other and describe how they’re feeling in the picture. Ask them to compare that to how Ella was feeling at the beginning, in the middle, and at the end of the story.
The Daisy Series
I hope that the Daisy Series will help children develop a lifelong love of language and begin to understand, even at a young age, the fun and power of words.
These guides are designed to help teachers who are looking for ways to bring Daisy’s love of words into their school settings.
Daisy’s Defining Day
Great Guide for Awesome Alliterations
1. In Daisy’s Defining Day, Miss Goldner teaches the class about alliteration by having them write animal alliterations.
This is a great exercise for introducing the concept of alliteration – where two or more words beginning with the same letter or sound are paired.
Some of the animal alliterations from the book include:
Awesome antelopes are athletic
Big bears behave badly
Clever cats claw couches
Daring dolphins dive deep
Elegant elephants eagerly eat eclairs
Fun flamingoes fluff and flutter
Golden goldfish glide, glitter and glow
Handy hippos hammer houses
Let your students have fun coming up with their own.
2. To continue the animal alliteration fun, discuss which parts of speech are alliterative. These sentences contain nouns, verbs, adverbs, and adjectives!
3. Discuss why alliteration is fun. It makes sentences more fun and memorable. Alliterative phrases more easily roll off your tongue.
4. Look through the newspaper and magazines. Advertisements often use alliteration to catch our attention and help make a slogan memorable.
Great writers use alliteration for emphasis.
Newspaper headline writers often use alliteration to make a story stand out.
5. Watch the video on this site for Daisy’s Defining Day and see how some children had fun making up alliterative names for themselves.
6. Have your students find alliterative adjectives to go with their names.
7. Then challenge them put together at least two adjectives that really describe them and add them to their names. Talk about why a name is important. Why didn’t Daisy like the nickname Grant gave her? Ask some of your students to share why they chose the alliterative adjectives that they did.
8. Come up with an alliterative name for your class.
Miss Goldner’s Great Group
Room Five Fantastic Fun Friends
Mr. Simon’s Simply Super Students
9. Make a banner for your classroom. Not only will all your students notice and remember your great class name, other classes will follow your lead.
10. Use the new, alliterative class name in class correspondence with parents and other teachers to spread the alliterative fun! You can bet everyone will remember your colorful and creative class name!
Daisy’s Perfect Word
Daisy’s Guide to Finding Your Perfect Word
(In Daisy’s Own Words)
1. Listen carefully and look at everything. Sometimes it helps to use your nose too.
There are a lot of great words you can smell. The one I like best is chocolate.
2. When you think you may have found it, roll the word around in your mouth a few times.
A really good word will feel as good as it sounds.
3. Make sure it isn’t too short or too long. You want it to be easy to use but not so short that it’s easy to forget.
4. Think about it for a while. The perfect word shouldn’t make you think of yucky or boring things. Lemon is a great word but all by itself makes my mouth pucker up. My lawn is fun to play on but rhymes with yawn.
5. See if your word is good for saying loudly and quietly. There are great noisy words, like Yippee!, and nice quiet words, like snuggle, but I wanted my perfect word to work anytime.
6. Finally, it should be totally and completely fun, fun, fun!!!
What to do with your perfect word?
Use it – say it whenever you can!
Share it – tell your friends!
Write it – start your own word notebook!
Mine is green with purple polka dots. What color is yours?
There are so many wonderful words in the world!
I know you’ll find your perfect word too!
1. When your students have found their perfect words, celebrate them! Have one student share his/her word at the beginning of each day. Then challenge the other students to use that word at least two times throughout the day.
2. At the end of the day, share again. Was it an easy word to use? How did different students use it?
3. Along with encouraging your students to keep their own lists*, keep a list of all the favorite words on the board and add to it at the end of each day. Soon, you’ll have a long list of great words that are meaningful to your students!
4. Make a list of Sparkling School Words to display in your classroom. Words like creativity, fun and recess are likely candidates. Your students might surprise you with their choices of favorite school words.
5. Have fun with the words that are part of your grade-level curriculum. Adopting Daisy’s sense of fun and play with words may make it easier for students to remember words that they need to know. Are there any curriculum-based words that are particularly fun to say or feel good in your mouth? Daisy has a list of Rainbow words from her science day at school. Are there any words from your science curriculum that would make a fun word list?
*You can download pages that look like those found in Daisy’s notebook for making your word lists here.