As you hear the story of Armando, put yourself in his place.
Picture his home. Think about what he longs for.
Do a two-minute cluster on Armando's neighborhood. Think of the five senses.
Make a cluster about your neighborhood.
Make an illustrated Word Book like Armando's with words in two languages.
(See the Glossary.)
Create a collage of recycled scraps.
Name your art piece and sign it. Artists do.
Build "recycled" sculptures, like this one, using cardboard tubes, cans, paper scraps, old yarn, and other found materials.
Study Hernán Sosa's artwork. Draw a picture using his method of outlining shapes in white.
Like David, you can make a difference in the world.
That's the Power of One.
Be a roving recycler
In your neighborhood
Learn about what other kids in your community are doing to make a difference through volunteering and helping others.
Make and taste typical Mexican dishes-yum! Search a kids' cookbook or the Internet for recipes for the dishes below.
THINK and DISCUSS
Empathy is understanding what other people are thinking or feeling.
What did Armando want more than anything?
At first, how did Papa feel about Senor David's school?
What changed Papa's mind?
What did Papa do that made Armando happy?
How did Isabella help Armando?
How did Senor David show he cared about Armando and the other children?
What do you and Armando have in common?
What is the same and different about your home, your school, your life?
How did Armando learn and grow in this book?
What do you think made Señor David decide to stay for so many years?
A theme is the unspoken "glue" of the story, the message that the story gives. What could the Armando theme be?
Sing and dance to Mexican music.
Make maracas with dry beans in a cardboard tube.
Learn about the instruments in mariachi bands
Find some typical Mexican songs
Make up a song using the Spanish numbers one to ten or other Spanish words.
PLAY WITH WORDS
You won't find BUH-BEEP! OR EEP-EEP-EEP! in a dictionary.
Have fun making up spellings for sounds you hear every day.
-A SHOOOSH of dry leaves
-The VROOM of a jet
-A CRAAACK of thunder
-The SKREEEK of a rusty gate hinge
-The SKRAAWWK of a crow
Learn hello, good-bye, please, and thank you in ten other languages.
Make flashcards like the ones in the book using the Glossary at the back of the book.