Monday, August 21, 2017

Shopping Trip Stories

While many students are reluctant to return to school after a too short summer break, most still love back-to-school shopping. Kids have fun choosing new backpacks, pencils, and notebooks.  In Shopping Trip Trouble,  seven-year-old Sofia Martinez goes school shopping with her two older sisters, Mamá, Tía Carmen, and her four cousins—Hector, Alonzo, Manuel, and baby Mariela. Everyone is excited to pick school supplies in their favorite colors. But when Sofia notices that four-year-old Manuel is missing, chaos ensues as the family races around the store searching to find him.

Read Shopping Trip Trouble out loud to your students and have fun discussing their own shopping trip adventures.

Suggested questions:
Were there too many choices of colors and sizes? Not enough? 
Did you have trouble choosing?
What are your favorite back-to-school items? Are there any you do not like?
Did you accidentally knock something over like Hector and Alonzo?
Did the family stay together? Or did a child wander off?
Have you ever heard an announcement over the loudspeaker calling for a lost child?
Is it more fun to go shopping in a large group? 
Or would you rather shop with one person?
What other elements of Shopping Trip Trouble mirrored your own shopping experience?

Use the discussion to help young writers remember and record details for their own writing. Afterwards, ask your students to do one or more of the following:

1.     Write a personal narrative of a family shopping trip.
2.     Create a fictional story in which a child was lost and found in a store.
3.     Write a poem about a specific school supply. (ie: pencil, notebook, backpack, ruler)
4.     Write a diary entry from the viewpoint of a school supply (ie: crayons, markers, notebook) waiting to be chosen by a shopping student. 

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