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Dear Educators,
I hope you enjoy reading Jumping Jenny with your class. The book has a number of curricular hooks that lend themselves to all kinds of extension activities. Depending on where you want to focus, you can use the book as a jumping off point for lessons on the importance of staying active to stay healthy, service learning, arts and crafts, reading and writing, multiple intelligences, etc. I have included a number of extension activities to get you started, and will continue to add to them, but would love to include your ideas as well. There is also a Fun Stuff section on the site that has a Kid’s Page with coloring pages, dress-up dolls, word puzzles and lots more, that you can use with your class after reading the book.
Thanks very much,
Ellen

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Author Ellen Bari Reading at PS 9 in Brooklyn

Drawing upon my background as a children’s media specialist and educator, my author visit programs are cross-curricular, highly engaging, and easily customized to meet the needs of your school/community. In the past I’ve created interactive programming for Sesame Workshop, PBS, and …
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Art Project: African Magazine Beads

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The book can inspire a host of art projects, from making African style masks to musical instruments to beads. The children in Jumping Jenny contributed to the fundraising fair in all different ways. One of the fun things that they …
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Movement Activities: Patterns

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Jumping Jenny celebrates the joy of movement, through one intrepid little girl who challenges herself to jumping 1,000 jumps on a pogo stick. The book has a triumphant win-win ending. I often find when I finish reading with a group …
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Writing: Word Puzzles

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There a few different word puzzles available on this website – one is about community service, another is about jumping, and the third uses words that relate to exercise, heart and health. Any of these can be used as a …
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Ugandan Beads: Online Resources

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A number of organizations are working with the women of Uganda to help them gain exposure and sell their beaded jewelry.  Below is a list  of organizations pioneering this field. Click here for an art project you can do with …
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Global Poverty: Online Resources

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The internet is full of useful curricular materials on the topic of global poverty for every grade level. Whether you want to create an entire unit around the topic, or simply want to sensitize your students to the issues of …
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Exercise, Heart and Health: Online Resources

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There are a plethora of websites that deal with health and exercise for children and adults. This is a small sampling…
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Kids Making a Difference: Online Resources

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Sometimes I am astounded at how much can get done with determination, passion and heart. These organizations were all inspired by, or started by,  kids who choose to make a difference in the world: “You must be the change you …
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Service Learning: Online Resources

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The field of Service Learning is exploding. This is a small selection of useful resources to get you started…
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Writing: Jump Idioms

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There are so many idioms with the word jump…it lends itself to a great writing activity about idioms and word choice. If you have access to a computer, this is an ancient, but very funny cartoon to use as a …
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