Book Unit Resources
The City of Ember
Activities to Use with The City of Ember
Activity #1 Pineapple
Granny remembered eating pineapple as a special treat when she was a young girl. After reading about Granny's experience eating pineapple, students created a special pineapple treat of their own. This dish is classroom friendly and simply delicious!
Students measured milk for
instant vanilla pudding.
While the pudding thickened, students sliced Twinkie's Hostess Cakes in half.The cake was placed in a single layer at the bottom of a large serving container.
The pudding was spread over the Hostess cakes.
Crushed pineapple was added on top of the pudding. The pineapple was then covered with whipped cream.
Students loved this delicious sweet treat.
Activity #2 A Hodge-Podge Bulletin Board
I teach with a wonderful team of teachers. One of them came up with the fantastic idea. The bulletin board was relatively empty when we began reading The City of Ember. As the book progressed, so did the board.
Activity #3 Drawing Lina's Dream City
Students draw the city of Lina's dreams. This was a guided drawing exercise with a lesson of prospective. Notice how the street narrows down to a point and the buildings are drawn toward a focal point. These 5th graders drew beautiful pictures that were worthy of hanging in a museum.
Activity #4 Moth Life Cycle
The author, Jeanne DuPrau, included the storyline of Doon finding a caterpillar which turned into a moth as part of this book. The students created the life cycle of a moth as part of this integrated science-art project.
The leaves were cut from a die machine to sped up the project.
Egg - Stage 1 - The eggs were created using cotton rolled into balls.
Larva - Stage 2 - Caterpillars were made from clay and pipecleaners.
Pupa - Stage 3 - Cotton was used to create the cocoon. Small twigs were added to give the cocoon a realistic look.
Adult - Stage 4 - Butterflies were created from tissue paper and pipecleaners.
The end result was amazing. Students were extremely proud and learned a lot.
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