Kristen has been an educator for 25+ years - as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and a university instructor. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.
Boom Town is a fun book about a young girl, Amanda, who's family travels west during the California Gold Rush. Amanda begins baking pies for the prospectors and eventually builds a booming business. Her efforts inspire others to also start businesses of their own and, eventually, an entire town develops. Help students connect with this story and relate to Amanda by involving them in book related activities.
Materials: writing paper, pencils
- Begin with a discussion about basic character traits. List the following traits on the board (plus any others you would like to add) and discuss the meaning of each one.
- Put students into groups of 2-3.
- Give each group writing paper and pencils.
- Instruct each group to select five of the character traits listed on the board.
- For each character trait chosen, students are to write a 2-3 sentence explanation as to how Amanda showed that character trait in the book.
- Once finished, each group should share their work with the class.
Timeline of Events
Materials: drawing paper, colored pencils or markers
- Begin with a group discussion about the different events in the book. Make a list of some of the major events on the board.
- Put students into groups of 2-3.
- Give each group drawing paper and colored pencils or makers.
- Instruct each group to develop a timeline highlighting the events in the story (in order). Encourage use of both words and pictures to make each timeline visually appealing and full of good information.
- Let each group share their work with the class when finished.
What Would Your Business Be?
Materials: writing paper, pencils, additional supplies as determined by students
- Begin by talking about Amanda's pie business. How did it start? What made it become so popular? How did it influence others in the story?
- Next, talk about the other businesses that took root in the story. What were they? How did they take off? What made them popular?
- Now, ask students to share ideas about what type of business they might want to open one day. What would it be? What product or service would you sell? How would you get customers? What would make your business popular?
- Put students into groups of 2-4.
- Have each group decide on a business they might like to open.
- Instruct each group to develop a process for getting the word out about their business. They might consider:
- A poster advertisement
- A brochure
- A commercial (radio or television)
- Any other idea that is teacher approved
- Allow time for students to work on their business advertisements.
- Have each group present their work to the class.
Act Out a Scene
Materials: props for skits as determined by students, writing paper, pencils
- Put students into groups of 3-5.
- Ask each group to select a favorite part of the book.
- In their groups, have students write a script for a 30-90 second skit acting out their favorite part of the book.
- Allow time for students to develop some props for their skits.
- Also allow time for each group to practice their skit.
- When finished, have each group to present their skits for the class.
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