S: London's Journey Home by Ashley Morissette
FC: By Ashley Morissette
1: London's Journey Home
2: London's Journey Home is the story of a cat who finds out he is adopted. He goes on a journey to find his birth family and meets animal friends from all over the world. In the end, he discovers that he has had a family all along. This book is intended for children ages 4-10.
3: London's Journey Home By Ashley Morissette
5: Where did my name come from? London asked. Well, said his person, when we adopted you, you already had your name. We loved it so much that we decided to keep calling you London! | " | " | " | " | " | "
6: ADOPTED?!?! London exclaimed. He always thought his people were his real family. Now, I could be from anywhere in the world, London thought to himself. | " | " | " | "
8: London looked at the globe. Hey, there's my name! London said as he spotted his name on the globe. That's where I must be from! he thought. If I'm going to find my real family, that's where I have to go. | " | " | " | " | " | "
10: London didn't want to take a trip alone, so he thought he would pick up his friend Lola, who lived in Florida. Florida was about 1,500 miles away from New York. If London traveled 1,000 miles a day, he would reach Florida in a day and a half.
11: London packed his bag and set out on his journey. As he flew off, he thought about how he would miss his people, but he was determined to meet his real family.
13: A day and a half later, London arrived at Lola's home in Florida. Thanks for picking me up, London, Lola said. I could really use a vacation. The humidity here is too hot for me with my fur coat. Lola said. Before we head to London, can we stop by Africa to pick up my friend Lionel? He's always up for an adventure. London agreed. After all, the more the merrier, he thought. | " | " | " | " | " | "
14: London looked at the map. The distance from Florida to Africa was about twice the distance from New York to Florida. If the first trip took a day and a half, then this trip should take a little over 3 days. 1.5 days x 2= 3 days
17: Three days later, London and Lola reached Lionel's home in Africa. Lions like Africa because of the semi-arid plains and savanna grasslands. The savannas are spotted with Acacia trees, which provide lots of shade for the lions. Lionel was excited to hear about their trip. I'd love to join! No one in my pride wants to play with me, he said. Just as London, Lola and Lionel were about to take off, the tallest animal in Africa walked by. Can I come too? said Lisa the giraffe. Everyone makes fun of me for being so tall. I just want to go somewhere new. Lisa explained. But before we head to London, can we stop by Asia to pick up my friend Lucy? Lisa asked. | " | " | " | " | " | " | " | "
18: The distance from Africa to Asia was a little less than the distance from Florida to Africa. If the second trip took about 3 days, then this trip should take a little less than 3 days. Africa to Asia = a little less than 3,000 miles. 1,000 miles a day= a little less than 3 days.
21: A little less than 3 days later, London, Lola, Lionel, and Lisa reached Southeast Asia, Lucy's home. Lucy and her mate Liam were parrots. They lived on the edge of a forest. They spent most of their time high up in the trees. We would love to join you, Lucy said. We are getting a little bored of being in the forest, we want to see what city life is like, added Liam. Lucy and Liam are partners for life. They never separate so they both hopped on board. | " | " | " | "
22: The distance from Southeast Asia to London was about twice the distance from Africa to Asia. If the last trip took about 3 days, then this trip should take about 6 days! Asia to London= 6,000 miles. 1,000 miles a day= 6 days.
23: 6 days later, they arrived in London.
24: Look at those men in the funny hats? London shouted. Maybe they know where my family is, he said. | Excuse me sir, my name is London, you've probably heard of me. Do you happen to know where my family is? London asked. | The men in the funny hats didn't even answer him. How rude, London thought. | For the rest of the day, London asked everyone he came across if they knew where his family was. Everyone spoke in a different accent and laughed at him. He started to really miss home. | " | " | " | " | " | " | " | "
26: I miss the warm weather. It's too chilly for me here! I miss home.", said Lola. | Everyone here is pointing and laughing at me, Lisa noticed. At least at home, there are other tall giraffes. | Me too, said Lionel. No one wants to play with me here either, I miss my pride. | It's so noisy here! Lucy shouted. We aren't used to this, added Liam. We miss the peace and quiet. | I don't care where my real family is, I have a new family now and I miss them. I think it's time to go home, said London. | " | " | " | " | " | " | " | " | " | " | " | " | " | " | " | " | "
29: They all decided that they missed their homes. Maybe it wasn't perfect, but at least it was home. London was in such a hurry to see his people, that he traveled twice as fast on the way back. If his entire trip took about 14 days on the way to London, then the way back would only be half that. London would be home in a about 7 days. 14 days/2= 7 days
31: About 7 days later, London returned home. His people were so happy to have him home. After his long journey, London realized how much he loved his family. He said to person, Maybe I still don't know where I came from, but I do know that you are my real family. And he never left home again. | " | "
32: NCTM Measurement Standards Grades 3-5 | -understand such attributes as length, area, weight, volume, and size of angle and select the appropriate type of unit for measuring each attribute. -understand that measurements are approximations and how differences in units affect precision. | NCTM Process Standards | -Organize and consolidate their mathematical thinking through communication. -Create and use representations to organize, record, and communicate mathematical ideas
33: Social Studies Standards | Standard 3: Geography Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of the geography of the interdependent world in which we live—local, national, and global—including the distribution of people, places, and environments over the Earth’s surface.
34: Extension Activity One: Students will use maps to locate cities, countries and continents and find relationships between various locations in terms of distance. Materials: Maps with legends, rulers, paper, pencil Ask students to locate where they live. Starting with their home city or state ask them to refer to the legend to find other cities of various distances from their starting point. Ask questions such as: -Name a country that is approximately 3,000 miles from where you live. 4,000 miles? 5,000 miles? - How many miles would you have to travel to get to the capital of California? - What is the shortest distance from New York to Japan? -Which continents touch the equator?
35: Standards | Standard 3: Geography Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of the geography of the interdependent world in which we live—local, national, and global—including the distribution of people, places, and environments over the Earth’s surface.
36: Extension Activity Two Students with special needs will be able to locate various cities on a map of the United States. | -Provide students with a map of the United States and a list of capital cities. - Ask students to identify the states in which the capitals are located. - A worksheet of the map of United States will be provided. -Provide a list of the states divided into categories according to their region (Southeast, Northeast, Southwest,Northwest) -Ask students to use colored pencils or crayons to color in the states within the different regions. The regions should be all different colors.
37: Standards | Standard 3: Geography Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of the geography of the interdependent world in which we live—local, national, and global—including the distribution of people, places, and environments over the Earth’s surface.
39: About the Author Ashley Morissette is from Miami, Florida. She studied fine art and received her BFA from the University of Florida. Currently, Ashley lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend Greg and their lovely adopted cat, London.