Write the problem/solution for Strum and any other aspects of the story.
The word colorful (colourful) caused some debate because the book was written and illustrated by Canadians but published in the US for a worldwide audience. What other words are spelled differently in Canada (and other Commonwealth countries) and the US?
Create a tweet in 280 characters to summarize the book adding a graphic and hashtags.
Use one or more of the following quotes to invite students to respond to or consider in reference to the story.
"Don’t be afraid to ruffle a few feathers on the way to finding your wings." Noa Daniel (author of Strum and The Wild Turkeys).
"Being alone can sometimes feel amazing, like everything is possible. Other times, it can feel really lonely." Strum from Strum and The Wild Turkeys
“Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs. The ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile, and who love you no matter what.” Author unknown
"Listen. People start to heal the moment they feel heard." Cheryl Richardson
"Harmony is the pleasing arrangement of different tones, voices, or instruments, not the combination of identical sounds." Adam Grant
"If I get to be myself, I belong. If I have to be like you, I fit in." Brene Brown
"Never underestimate the power of being seen." Brene Brown
Have your students explore the figurative language in the story. Simile: “Rooster, standing like a guard at the gate…”“A peacock without a beautiful plume is like a queen without a crown or a tiger without stripes.” Alliteration:
Parade of plumes
Fanned their feathers with such fantastic style
Gobble’s guttural gurglings
Sat on his perch, playing his plume.
The sun set and rose overhead a few times.
Singing his heart out.
Inferring and Making PredictionsHow do you know that the story of what happened to Strum happened before the first day of Spring when everyone was gathering? What image clues help to show the time lapse?
What does it mean to play to your own beat?
What will happen to Strum in the book?
What happens after the Spring gathering?
What happened to Strum’s parents?
What happened after the concert?
Have students suggest the plot of the next book based on clues in this story.
Create an infographic related to the story
Take a photograph related to an idea or theme of the story
Create a video trailer about the book
Create a collage of images related to the book and its big ideas/themes
Building Outside the Blocks
Building Outside the Blocks projects promote student voice, autonomy, connection, and community while also helping to develop many different curricular and learning skills.