Junk Man's Daughter

Junk Man's Daughter

Junk Man’s Daughter Author: Sonia Levitin Illustrator: Guy Porfirio Guide written by Cheryl Grinn Portions may be reproduced for use in the classroom ...

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Junk Man’s Daughter Author: Sonia Levitin Illustrator: Guy Porfirio Guide written by Cheryl Grinn Portions may be reproduced for use in the classroom with this express written consent from Sleeping Bear Press

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An adjective is a word that describes a noun or a pronoun. Ex: The peacock had blue feathers. Blue describes the feathers. The answers to all of the phrases below can be found in the book Junk Man’s Daughter. Word Box


thundering golden iron kitchen fur trolley

1. ________________ buildings 2. _________________ tracks 3. _________________ wind 4. _________________ clouds 5. _________________ light 6. _________________ nails 7. _________________ knives 8. _________________ counter 9. _________________ collar 10. ________________ step

bent icy


Sequencing The Junk Man’s Daughter is the story of a family that leaves their home country to move to America. Read and enjoy this wonderful story. Cut out each event below and paste them on a separate piece of paper in the order they happened, starting with the earliest. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Papa buys a truck --------------------------------------------------------------------------------The family leaves the old country --------------------------------------------------------------------------------Hanna searches for the streets of gold --------------------------------------------------------------------------------Mamma knits scarves and sweaters to make money --------------------------------------------------------------------------------Hanna gets called “Junk Man’s Daughter” by girls --------------------------------------------------------------------------------Family discovers they can make money by collecting junk and reselling it ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Junk Collecting Math Can you make enough money to support a family by selling junk? Read about the family that made a business out of junk in Junk Man’s Daughter. Price paid for junk Paper and rags 15 cents per pound Glass 25 cents per pound Tin cans 8 cents per pound 1. Hanna sorted and weighed the paper and rags for two weeks. Week one she has collected 10 pounds, week two produced 8 pounds. Calculate the total money she made.

2. Manny helped Papa collect 30 pounds of glass. What was the total money they made?

3. Morris counted 10 pounds of tin cans and 3 pounds of paper. Calculate the total money he made.

4. The family had a good day collecting after a parade. They collected 40 pounds of paper, 15 pounds of tin cans, and 25 pounds of glass. What was the total amount of money they received?

ARE YOU OBSERVANT? Are you observant? Each of the answers to the questions below can be found in the pictures in Junk Man’s Daughter. Don’t forget to check the covers! 1. What is the color of the truck Papa bought? ________________________ 2. What was Mama doing when Papa talked to her about America? _______ 3. How many roofs do you count in the picture of the family in front of their house in the old country? ________________________________________ 4. What is right outside the apartment window? ______________________ 5. Who is looking out the window at the end of the book? ______________ 6. What is Hanna’s job at the end of the book? _______________________ 7. How many shoes are by the dresser? _____________________________ 8. Where does Mama keep her yarn while knitting? ____________________ 9. How many girls made fun of Hanna? _____________________________ 10. What is the name of the book’s illustrator?________________________ 11. What does an illustrator do? __________________________________

Syllable Practice

A syllable is a word or part of a word with only one vowel sound. Example: fruit Write the number of syllables you hear in each of these words from Junk Man’s Daughter. 1. junk _______ 2. man _______ 3. daughter _______ 4. America _______ 5. gold _______ 6. laughed _______ 7. bicycle _______ 8. potatoes _______ 9. children _______ 10. country _______ 11. shivering _______ 12. sighed _______ 13. knives _______ 14. treasure _______ 15. transportation _______ How many of the words in the list are plural? _________________________________ Write 3 sentences using words from the list. 1. _____________________________________________________________ _______________________________________ 2. _____________________________________________________________ ______________________________________ 3. _____________________________________________________________ ______________________________________

Enjoy reading the wonderful book Junk Man’s Daughter. It tells the story of a family that comes to America and the struggles they face. One of the struggles for Papa was learning English. See if you can tell the different between a statement and a question. A statement tells information. A question asks for a specific piece of information. Write S for statement and Q for question. 1. My feet and hands had no feeling in them _________________ 2. Then he was silent ____________________________________ 3. Are there more _______________________________________ 4. Mama stopped knitting _________________________________ 5. Why don’t you go to bed earlier __________________________ 6. Ours is a family business ________________________________ 7. Will we have our own house _____________________________ 8. At last we arrived in America ____________________________ 9. Where is the gold, Papa _________________________________ 10. What can we do ______________________________________ Write 2 statements and 2 questions. 1. ___________________________________________________________ 2. ___________________________________________________________ 3. ___________________________________________________________ 4. ___________________________________________________________

CHOOSE THE BEST MEASUREMENT In Junk Man’s Daughter the family came from a country that used metric measurement. They had to learn how to use English standard measurements. Help them decide which is the best measurement to use in each question below. 1 foot = 12 inches 1 yard = 3 feet 1 mile = 5,280 feet 1. The distance traveled from the old country to America _______________ 2. The height of a tall building ____________________________________ 3. The width of your hand ________________________________________ 4. The length of the ship they traveled on to America __________________ 5. The length of a football field ____________________________________ 6. The length of your shoe ________________________________________ 7. The distance from New York to Michigan _________________________ 8. The height of a glass bottle _____________________________________ 9. The length of an adult winter scarf _______________________________ 10. The amount of cloth on a bolt __________________________________ Write one problem for each of the measurements: foot, yard, mile 1. ___________________________________________________________ 2. ___________________________________________________________ 3. ___________________________________________________________

COMING TO AMERICA The family in the book Junk Man’s Daughter came from Europe to America seeking a better life. Write 3 descriptive words starting with each letter in America, describing what they saw or how they felt about America.

A__________________________________ _______ M__________________________________ _______ E ___________________________________ ______ R ___________________________________ ______ I ___________________________________ _____ C ___________________________________ ______

A ___________________________________ ______ How would you have felt if you were one of the children? Explain ________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ _____________________________

Make Your Own Paper Did you know that you can use old paper to make new paper? It’s fun and easy to do. Use this recipe to make your own handmade paper. Materials 1 section of newspaper water blender square cake pan piece of window screen, cut to fit in bottom of cake pan measuring cup flat heavy object (book, or flat board) paper towel Directions 1. Tear 2 pages of newspaper into tiny pieces. 2. Place in blender and add 4 cups of water. Cover blender. 3. Switch blender on and off in a pulsing motion to create a pulpy mixture. 4. Place screen into cake pan and pour pulp over screen. 5. Spread pulp evenly over screen. 6. Lift screen and turn over onto remaining newspaper. 7. Use a paper towel to press on paper and soak up water. 8. Carefully press on screen to remove paper. 9. Let paper dry for at least 24 hours. 10. Additional materials can be added to paper at the pulpy stage. Example: dried flowers, leaves, confetti, glitter, etc. 11. When dry, enjoy writing a letter on your handmade paper.


Look at the cover of Junk Man’s Daughter. Now, read this wonderful story. If you had never seen the cover of the book, how would you design the cover? Design a rough sketch of your cover below. Make necessary changes to improve your idea and then do a final copy. Do your final copy on a large sheet of paper. Don’t forget to put the title of the book on the cover.

BE AN ENTREPRENEUR What is an entrepreneur? That’s what the family in Junk Man’s Daughter became after their arrival in America. An entrepreneur is a person who starts and runs their own business. Make a list of all the ways you could become an entrepreneur. What kind of business can you run at your age; how can you make money?

Choose which idea you think would be best for you and explain why and how you would run your business. _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________

Will It Decompose? Science Experiment The family in Junk Man’s Daughter did a wonderful joy of recycling materials. There are materials that can be left alone to decompose and enrich the soil. Try this experiment to see which objects will decompose. Materials 5 quart-size zip-top plastic bags soil water spoon Materials to test: vegetable scraps (carrots, potato skins, etc.), plastic spoon or fork, wooden ice cream stick, newspaper, penny masking tape marking pen Procedure 1. Fill plastic bags half full of soil. 2. Make and label each bag. #1 newspaper, #2 vegetable, #3 plastic, #4 wood, #5 metal. 3. Place materials in each bag. Use about 2 spoons of vegetables, plastic spoon or fork, shredded newspapers, ice cream stick, penny. 4. Sprinkle enough water in each bag to moisten soil. 5. Securely fasten each bag. 6. Record your observation of each bag. Check 3 times each week. Record what you observe. After 2 weeks write a paragraph explaining what you found about materials and their ability to decompose.

Parents have always had dreams about what their children would become when they are grown. In Junk Man’s Daughter you will discover what Grandma thought Hanna might become and the plans Papa had for Manny and Morris. Write a paragraph explaining what you dream about becoming someday. _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ Write a paragraph about what your parents or grandparents think you should become someday. _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ On the back of this page draw a picture of yourself enjoying your career.

ALL THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD Papa told the children there was gold in the streets in America. Read the book Junk Man’s Daughter to see what the family found when they arrived in America. Find a partner and discuss why you think Papa told the children that the streets were made of gold in America. Give 3 reasons why this was a good thing to do. 1.____________________________________________________________ 2. ___________________________________________________________ 3. ___________________________________________________________ Give 3 reasons why this was a bad thing to do. 1. ___________________________________________________________ 2. ___________________________________________________________ 3. ___________________________________________________________ What is your opinion of what Papa did? _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________

I Can’t Find the Gold! Enjoy reading the wonderful book Junk Man’s Daughter. Many people left their homelands to seek their fortune in America. Papa told the family the streets were made of gold in America. Was that true? Write a letter Hanna might have written to a friend in the old country after she arrived in America. Dear _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ Your friend, Hanna

King Midas Loved Gold! Venn Diagram

After reading Junk Man’s Daughter, review the story of King Midas. Discuss how the two stories are alike and how they differ. Make a Venn diagram comparing Junk Man’s Daughter and King Midas.

In the book Junk Man’s Daughter you will learn the story of how many immigrants came to the United States in search of a new life. This story takes place in the early 1900s. Today many immigrants still come to the United States searching for a new life. Is there room for all of these immigrants? Should the United States limit the number of immigrants that can come into our country? Clearly state your opinion in a full sentence. Give 3 facts that support your opinion. These can each be several sentences long. Restate your opinion using different words. _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________

Yummy Potatoes and Onions Recipe Onions and potatoes were all the family had to eat in Junk Man’s Daughter. They had no source of income and it was all they could afford. But potatoes and onions together are GOOD! Try this recipe for: Yummy Roasted Potatoes and Onions Ingredients 4 large Spanish onions 7 medium yellow or white potatoes 1 cup chicken stock salt and pepper to taste 12 inch baking dish Directions 1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Peel onions and cut into about 8 wedges. 3. Scrub potatoes. Cut unpeeled potatoes in thick wedges. 4. Layer potatoes and onions in dish. 5. Pour chicken stock into dish. 6. Cover and roast ½ hour. Remove cover and roast for another ½ hour. 7. Dish is ready when the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork. 8. ENJOY. Make up your own recipe using potatoes and onions. _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________

Junk Man or Recycler? Hanna and her family collected junk they found on the streets to make money to support the family. Read the story of this brave and resourceful family in the book Junk Man’s Daughter. List at least 4 different ways to reuse each of the following pieces of junk. paper lunch bags


plastic margarine tubs

plastic water bottle

Name at least 5 other objects that can be recycled. _____________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________

FINDING STORY ELEMENTS It takes many ideas and a structure to write a book. Read Junk Man’s Daughter carefully and then write the story elements in the chart below. Title-_________________________________________________________ Author-______________________________________________________ Setting-_______________________________________________________ Main characters-______________________________________________ Description of characters-_______________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ Problems encountered-_________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ Solution to problem-___________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________

Streets of Gold At the beginning of Junk Man’s Daughter, Papa told the family they would find streets of gold in America. What was each of these characters imagining they would find in America? Hanna



BRAINSTORM TYPES OF TRANSPORTATION Abram’s family traveled on a bus, a train, and a ship on their trip to America. Read their fascinating story in Junk Man’s Daughter. Work with a partner and brainstorm all the ways a person can travel.

Choose your favorite form of transportation and explain why you like it. _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ Draw this form of transportation.

Junk Man’s Daughter Answer Sheet Finding Adjectives- 1) tall 2) trolley 3) icy 4) thundering 5) golden 6) bent 7) rusty 8) kitchen 9) fur 10) iron When Did It Happen-1) family leaves old country. 2) Hanna searches for streets of gold. 3) Mama knits scarves and sweaters to make money. 4) family discovers they can make money by collecting junk and selling it. 5) Hanna gets called junk man’s daughter. 6) Papa buys a truck. Junk Math- 1) $ 2.70 2) $ 7.50 3) $ 1.25 4) $ 13.45 Are You Observant- 1) red 2) knitting 3) 10 4) fire escape 5) Hanna 6) teacher 7) 7 8) basket 9) 3 10) Guy Porfirio 11) draws pictures Syllables- 1) 1 2) 1 3) 2 4) 4 5) 1 6) 1 7) 3 8) 3 9) 2 10) 2 11) 3 12) 1 13) 1 14) 2 15)4 3 are plural Statement or Question- 1) S 2) S 3) Q 4) S 5) Q 6) S 7) Q 8) S 9) Q 10) Q Choose the Best Measurement- 1) miles 2) feet 3) inches 4) feet 5) yards 6) inches 7) miles 8) inches 9) feet 10) yards