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Sally Jean, Bicycle Queen

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Sally Jean, The Bicycle Queen
Sally Jean loved tricycles and bicycles from the time she was a toddler. Every year she learned more tricks and more about how her old garage-sale bike named Flash worked. She had to work on it often and had to raise the seat and handlebars, too. When she got too big for it, she helped other kids by showing them how to fix their bikes. She started saving pennies for another bicycle. Her kindness to others is repaid when a kindly junk man helps her.

This is a precious story of perseverance, resourcefulness, and caring for others. Sally Jean's story will help even the youngest to understand the old Chinese proverb, "Give a man a fish and you'll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you'll feed him for a lifetime." 

This story has a great moral: creativity and hard work pay off. Savvy parents and teachers will read this book aloud over and over, stressing the values of hard work and perseverance that Sally Jean shows. Third graders will be able to do most of the unit independently, but it will be worth teachers' and parents time to model and scaffold the learning as you walk your kids through this Kids Wings unit as if YOU, too, are a learner. 

Sally Jean the Bicycle Queen is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year! 

Kids Wings activities help readers to identify the value of elaboration in the story, and with skill-building connected to a character they love, they will have fun on the way.

The activities for Sally Jean, The Bicycle Queen include:

  • Prereading Predictions 
  • Discussion Cards
  • Crossword Puzzle
  • Readers’ Theater Script
  • Vocabulary Study 
  • Character Page on Getting What We Need
  • Multiple Choice Comprehension
  • Repeated Reading 
  • Story Mapping 
  • Writing Lesson 
  • Logic Puzzle


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