Real Kids Read: The House of Sixty Fathers

Hands-on literature activities @mylearningtable.com

Our Real Teens Read group as been meeting for a few years now, and we just started a junior group for our elementary-aged kids. We’re reading books that fit the same themes as the teen group and attending the same field trips together, but we’re meeting separately for the book discussions right now.

Our first book is The House of Sixty Fathers by Meindert Dejong, which the teens read a year ago (see my posts about what we did here and here).

This poignant book was a big hit with the kids, and we enjoyed immersing ourselves in WWII history and Chinese culture.

We attended two field trips to accompany this book: the American Legion War Museum where we met and talked to real life WWII veterans (AWESOME!), and a field trip to a small airport. Click here to see more about these field trips.

We found China on the map and traced the path of the Japanese invasion and discussed the background history of the book and the author’s life.

Here’s a recap of our House of Sixty Fathers discussion and hands-on learning activities:

Literature activities for The House of Sixty Fathers @mylearningtable.com

Show and tell table: photos, letter, and dog tags from my great uncle, a WWII airman; money and photos from another uncle who worked in China,and a few things from the book, like rice, Tien Pao’s duck, and chocolate.

Literature activities for The House of Sixty Fathers @mylearningtable.com

Fortune cookies and chocolate to taste!

Literature activities for The House of Sixty Fathers @mylearningtable.com

Eating rice with chopsticks.

Literature activities for The House of Sixty Fathers @mylearningtable.com

Making planes and flying them in the yard.

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