Laurie Lawlor:  Curriculum Connections

    Curriculum Connections:
    The Biggest Pest on Eighth Avenue

    More Books about Brothers and Sisters (and Potential Pests)

    Use The Biggest Pest on Eighth Avenue as a stepping stone to more reading. If you are using this book to set the stage for a thematic look at relationships between siblings, with preteen or teenage readers, you may wish to open the discussion by reading the book aloud and then booktalking some of the books on the Chester County list. The titles in the American Sisters Series will provide a historical perspective of family relationships among sisters.

With younger students you may wish to focus on picture books that deal with the coming of a new sibling. Discuss the impact on the life of the children already in the family. Many dicussions and writing activities can evolve from reading and sharing these titles.

Read a Collection of Tales About Brothers and Sisters.

  • Brother and Sister Tales by Mary Hoffman -- read a review. Scroll down to the appropriate review. These are stories from many parts of the world.

  • Make a list of pros and cons regarding having siblings as compared to being an only child. Discuss the lists with members of your class. Does whether or not a respondent has a sibling or is an only child seem to make a difference in the items put in the pro or the con list?

  • In small groups, using the pros and cons lists developed above, develop a list of questions for a survey regarding siblings, and the relative value of having or not having a sibling. It may be important that some questions regarding demographics (age, whether or not they had siblings or not, and so forth) are included.

      The Biggest Pest on Eighth Avenue. Illustrated by Cynthia Fisher. (1997) Holiday House. ISBN: 0823413217 lib bdg. 47 pg. Picture Book/Fiction.

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