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Zathura: A Space Adventure | Chris Van Allsburg
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Left on their own for an evening, two boisterous brothers find more excitement than they bargained for in a mysterious and mystical space adventure board game.
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Estradan
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This SF book is a sequel to the Juamji book, the author uses the same idea of the Jumanji game board but instead of the theme being a jungle Zathura is a game that comes to life in outer space. This book would be good as a RA and then students can work in pairs. http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/features/thepolarexpress/tg/zathura.shtml

Estradan provides a list of various lesson plans you can use with this book but my favorite is a writing lesson about how this book blends science and fiction and having them research and create charts about the different space elements in the book. This aligns with UDL 3.4 of maximizing transfer and generalization and it also aligns with ESOL strategy 40 of having students prepare card files specific to the space element they wrote about. #ucflae3414su19 3mo
DrSpalding You are easily aligning appropriate strategies and principles. I like the idea of using this along with graphic organizers and writing. Helpful, high-quality resource. 2mo
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jmartucci
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Zathura by Chris Van Allsburg is a cool SF book. It is about brothers who play a game that take them to space. The drawings are amazing. I would present this book as a PR, and two people can take turns reading as the brothers. This website is a teacher‘s guide to reading this book in class, which would be very useful. http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/features/thepolarexpress/tg/zathura.shtml

jmartucci I would use the ESOL strategy 2 to encourage cooperation and small groups. I would use UDL 3.1 and activate their background knowledge about having siblings or friends that they interact with. #ucflae3414su19 3mo
DrSpalding Yes! You went straight to the publisher. They have some of the best resources to help teachers utilize their books in the classroom. Keep using them! 2mo
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alexialovesmith
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Zathura by Chris Van Allsburg (SF) - I first learned about this Caldecott Award winner during the author study assignment! I was drawn to this story because it is the sequel to Jumanji, which is an awesome major motion picture! Zathura is about two boys who are travel on an intergalactic adventure when their house is brought through space. This book would be a perfect RA when teaching your class about space due to the amazing illustrations!

alexialovesmith http://readingtokids.org/Books/BookView.php?pag=5&bookID=00000510 This resource has great discussion topics that meet ELS13 in regard to preview and review activities and UDL2.1 by clarifying vocabulary within the text. There is a lot of things you can do with this book! I love it! #ucflae3414su19 3mo
DrSpalding I can tell your passion for books in your post. Keep the passion going!❤️📚 (edited) 2mo
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DawnS
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#UCFLAE3414SU19 This SF book written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg follows two brother, Danny and Walter. The bickering duo come across an out of this world board game that tasks them with multiple riddle like missions on their way to the planet Zathura. The process brings them together in the end with funny events throughout. This would make a great RA or IR. Using http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/features/zathura/educators.shtml

DawnS Using that resource for grades 3-5 students will meet UDL 4.2 optimizing access to tools and assistive technologies and EL strategy 5 teaching technical vocabulary supporting key concepts. (edited) 3mo
MeganKlein Great resource! I remember watching the movie version of this book when I was a kid and I absolutely loved it! This book contains an important themes like brotherhood and friendship, and I think many children would love reading this text! 3mo
DrSpalding Independent or read aloud… His books should be in your classroom library! Once again, nice job of aligning universal design and English learner strategies. 3mo
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MeganKlein
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Zathura is a SF picture book written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg. This book is the sequel to Caldecott award winning picture book Jumanji. Zathura tells the story about two brothers, Danny and Walter, who play a space adventure board game called Zathura. Only, this isn‘t just some normal board game, this game takes them into outer space and as the boys read each card, something happens to them in outer space. #ucflae3414su19

MeganKlein As the boys play this game and fight for survival in the intergalactic world they learn more about the importance of brotherhood. I would teach this book through SR and I would also do an AS on this author. Chris Van Allsburg has written some amazing picture books that have been adapted into movies (Jumanji, Zathura, The Polar Express), and I think a lot of students would enjoy his books. UDL strategy 2.1 (clarifying vocab. and symbols) would be 3mo
MeganKlein needed to help students understand some of the verbiage used within the text. ESOL strategy 17 (provide context support) will definitely help ELLs and striving readers make meaning with the text and comprehend most of the story. This website contains a teacher‘s guide to the book Zathura. There are guiding discussion questions, writing lessons, and a summary of teaching ideas. 3mo
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CraftyBookNerd1
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A good story for the summer reading theme, “A Universe of Stories” ☺️ I really like movie and never realized that this one could be a book too, so I decided to read it (since I read Jumanji and this stems off of that book). Obviously has some different scenarios than what was showcased in the movie, but what bummed me out was that the boys didn‘t even get to say “Zathura” to end the game. Can‘t always be same, I know.
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Olsonashley19
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This SF story by Chris Van Allsburg is the sequel to the well known book Jumanji. Walter and Danny open a game and transport into outer space where they encounter many intergalactic issues. I would use this book as a RA in my classroom before beginning a science lesson on space.

Olsonashley19 I would use UDL principle 3.2 and ESOL strategy 44 work with this book. http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/features/zathura/educators.shtml attached are some activities to use along with this story. #lae3414sp19 6mo
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GatheringBooks
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#AbbaInAugust Day 10: Two brothers at each other‘s throat (literally). Parents are away. A board game resting innocuously against a tree in the park. A space adventure of a lifetime. #TheNameOfTheGame is Zathura. Pair with Jumanji. My full review here: https://wp.me/pDlzr-8zH

Meredith3 Omg sounds awesome! 👽 🚀 🌚 ✨ 1y
Mdargusch I love those illustrations too! 1y
Cinfhen I love the Jumanji reference 1y
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emilyhaldi I DO love Jumanji ❤️❤️ 1y
Reviewsbylola What a gorgeous book! 1y
MerinEliza Ooh I had seen the movie. I didn't know there was a book. 1y
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GGallegos
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This SF book is a classic. The theme of this book is about relationships. The two brothers are classic brothers as the older one makes fun of the younger one and the younger just wants to play. They go on a crazy adventure (which includes non gravity and I tried to make my picture reflect that). In the end they end up not fighting and playing catch. This would be a great PR. The lesson plan I have is meant for 6-8, but could be modified:

GGallegos http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/finding-science-b... UDL principle 7.1 as this book offers a different variety of books. ESOL strategy 6 as I would check to see that they understand the story. #UCFLAE3414SuB18 1y
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emilybanne
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Zathura by Chris Van Allsburg is a SF story that will keep your students making predictions! They can write down their predictions and share then with a partner. This book is good for SR. It is also the sequel to Jumanji. An ESOL Strategy would be 7 which is to show students how to use graphic organizers like semantic mapping and imaging. They will be using imaging alot in this book! A UDL would be 3.3

emilybanne Which is Guide information processing, visualization, and manipulation. We will have to guide the students to visualize by drawing, writing or performing. One resource I found is: http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/features/zathura/educators.shtml this website gives all the material and resources needed to host a Zathura event! It can be a really fun classroom transformation! #UCFLAE3414SUB18 1y
Gabylaurel10 This book is on my reading list I‘ve seen the movie, but sadly haven‘t read the book! 1y
emilybanne @Gabylaurel10 it is awesome and great book for visualization! 1y
DrSpalding Using the publisher site is wise.😀📚 (edited) 1y
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ATejada
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This SF book would serve as a great SR. This book will have the students anxious to find out what happens next on the adventure. A great resource to use with this book is http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/features/zathura/educators.shtml which is a lesson guide from the publishers which includes activities that integrate both science and language arts. This book also can go along with ESOL Strategy 14 Simplify your speech by making it slower

ATejada and redundant. This book can also go with UDL Principle 3.3 Guide information processing and visualization. #UCFLAE3414SuB18 1y
DrSpalding Your post is somewhat thorough. Please be sure to include sufficient insight into the 📚 content. 1y
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ERodriguez
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Zathura by Chris Van Allsburg , a SF book. The story of two brothers , Danny and Walter , did not get along well. While playing , rough outside Danny found a box of a game named Jumanji.They started playing the game and suddenly , the house moved, and suddenly they where out in space. They go back and move a space in the board , that said earth. Then Walter losses his gravity. Every time they move the dice something different happens.

ERodriguez In the end Walter roll the dice and part of his body was disappearing .Danny worries and wanted to tell him something he never had told him. After they started to spin and ended back in their back yard playing.In the end Walter was nicer .Danny see a box and Walter say “no you don‘t want to look at that box.” (edited) 1y
ERodriguez For this adventure book ,I will start with a summary of the solar system , fact and fiction difference. Then class will be divided in PR . Vocabulary words will be posted in the board. When finished, they will complete a worksheet of meteors ,comet facts , truth and fiction as well. http://teacher.scholastic.com/lessonplans/spacescience/lesson3_5.htm (edited) 1y
ERodriguez EL 10/ Teach think, pair and share strategies in cooperative groups. UDL 6.3/Facilitate managing information and sources.#UCFLAE3414SuB18 1y
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AmyPerezCubas That book sounds so cool! I can‘t wait to read it 1y
prissy.mooney I would love to read this and see how it compares to the movies. 1y
DianaHerrera This book sounds like a good one to read. I never knew it was a book at all maybe because I wasn‘t into books until I got older. Can‘t wait to read it! @ERodriguez 1y
ATejada Just finished reading this one! I loved the movie and love the book even more! Thanks for sharing! 1y
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farynantenucci
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This SF written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg is a classic tale for the classroom. This space centered book tells a great story of two brothers who come across a game that tests their relationship and ends with their bond becoming stronger. Perfect for PR. EL 40- prepare individual card files of subject area specific vocab (space). UDL 2.5 illustrate through multiple media #ucflae3414f17

farynantenucci I also found this amazing cross-curricular lesson for language arts and science discussing vocabulary, HOT questions, and so much more info on the adventures of space all themed to the book Zathura. http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/features/zathura/zathura_nasa35_lesson.pdf 2y
DrSpalding Interdisciplinary guides are the best. They truly help you see how picture books can be used to teach so many concepts. 2y
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JordanD
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Zathura wirtten and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg is a wonderful SF that follows brothers Danny and Walter as they go on an adventure through space after finding the game. Met with robots, Zorgons, and alternate gravity the brothers have to learn to get along and work together to get home. With vivid illustrations and compelling dialogue this would be perfect for a PR. #ucflae3414f17

JordanD http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/features/zathura/educators.shtml this link takes you to Zathura's website which has multiple resources for all of Allsburgs books. I especially like for the 3-5 activities for this book the 2nd activity which allows students to use resources online to go further into science content brought up in the story. I would utilize EL strategy 39 to have students prepare science objects- possibly on a word wall. I would 2y
JordanD Also utilize UDL strategy 4.2 to optimize access to tools and assistive technologies in the activity. 2y
LaurenR This book sounds so cool! The website has so many activities, can't wait to read & try them! 2y
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DrSpalding This author is most known for The Polar Express however I enjoyed this book as well. This book was also turned into a major motion picture. Using this text as a springboard for science research is wise. 2y
JordanD @DrSpalding I actually initially choose to read this book after you showed us in class because I had no idea it was a book! I loved the movie and it was very similar to the book and even more detailed! I also got my hands on Polar Express and I'm sure it will be well used this holiday! 2y
DrSpalding Fantastic! Of course you should also read Jumanji.🦏🐘🐅 2y
ERodriguez Read this book , I enjoyed their adventures. Great to teach about friendship.❤️ 1y
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