A Historical Figure
THEMATIC CONNECTIONS Careers
In Judy Moody Declares Independence, Judy travels to Boston, which spurs a rash of historical references. Have students research a historical figure mentioned in the book and write a short biography of him or her. Begin the activity by first asking students how many of them had even heard of Amelia Bloomer or Sybil Ludington, as opposed to Ben Franklin and Paul Revere. Create a Classroom Liberty Tree for students to stand in front of when they share their reports.
It’s common knowledge that Judy Moody wants to be a doctor like Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman doctor. Ask students what they want to be when they grow up. Help ignite their imaginations by inviting several parents (or people in the community) to come to class to discuss their occupations. Students should research their chosen future professions and be prepared to share their career choices with the rest of the class. They should include why they chose the career, what the job entails, and any other information of interest. Have fun by hosting a Career Day, when students come to class dressed for their future calling.
In Judy Moody Declares Independence, Judy wants
The Bare-Bone Facts
to be just like Sybil Ludington—responsible and independent. Discuss what it means to be responsible. What things does Judy do to prove to her parents that she is responsible? What kinds of things can and should students do to act responsibly? Keep the list in the classroom as a reminder about good responsible behavior.
In Judy Mood , M.D.: The Doctor Is In!, Class 3T begins a new unit on the human body. Bonita, the glow-in-the-dark skeleton, boasts all 206 bones in the human body, but did you know that we are actually born with 300 bones? (Many fuse together as we grow.) Mr. Todd refers to the femur, but did you know that the femur is the longest bone in the body? Share these interesting tidbits with the class and challenge them to research the human body to find other fascinating facts, be it about bones, muscles, nutrition, or other related topics. Cut a large piece of white paper in the shape of a bone and have students write their facts in the bone. Create a bulletin board entitled “Bare-Bone Facts About the Human Body.”
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Prepared by Karen Cardillo, educational consultant to publishers of children’s books. Illustrations copyright © 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 by Peter H. Reynolds.