Book Buddies: Lost Treasure of the Emerald Isle (Geronimo Stilton, No. 1) by Geronimo Stilton

A special club for elementary school students with discussions, games, crafts and geronimoa snack. Newcomers always welcome!

My colleague, Mindy is the lead on this program with my assistance. She develops questions and we collaborate to create awesome games and crafts. It’s a very rewarding program.

Book Buddies follows a general outline, specialized for each book:

Lost Treasure of the Emerald Isle (Geronimo Stilton, No. 1) by Geronimo Stilton

  1. Opening: Have all of the kids sign in, introduce ourselves, go over the rules: be respectful, stay on topic
  2. Opener: Look at a Bee Hive
  3. Discuss the Book
  4. Vote with your feet: Who liked it? Stay standing for up, sit for no and stand on one leg for “kinda”.
  5. Show additional Geronimo books and books on mice
  6. Game: Marbles
  7. Snack: Cheetos and Cheese Puffs. Read a chapter from the next selection, Dexter the Tough, and talk about our guest presenter
  8. Craft – Treasure Map
  9. Clean Up.

Discuss the Book

This part of the program gives the kids an opportunity to discuss interesting ideas and topics from the book in a circle style. Mindy combines questions found about the book online to best match with the age of kids in our group, and came up with this wonderful list of questions:

  1. Who is more adventurous: Geronimo or Thea?
  2. How are they alike? How are they different?
  3. Why do you think they are so different even if they are siblings? How are you different from your siblings?
  4. Geronimo, Benjamin, Thea and Trap are all different. Is it better to have people who are different or people who are all similar on a team? Why? Do you think they make a good team?
  5. Why do you think they elected Thea leader? Was she a good leader?
  6. Why do you think Thea didn’t vote for herself as leader?
  7. What was the emerald eye treasure?
  8. Was that a good treasure? Or would you rather have treasure you could spend (like Trap?)
  9. How do we protect such treasures?

Game: Marbles

A character keeps talking about losing their marbles in the book, lets play a game!

Lagging

The first person to shoot in a game of marbles is determined by lagging:

  1. Draw a line on the ground.
  2. The players shoot at the line from 10 feet away.
  3. The player closest to the line goes first.

The Game

  1. Draw a ring (a large circle – usually about 5 to 10 feet across) (we used string) and put 13 marbles in it . The marbles should be in a cross and spaced 3 inches apart.
  2. Each player shoots in turn from outside the circle, trying to hit a marble out of the ring while keeping his shooter inside the ring.
  3. If the shooter has a miss, his turn is over and he picks up the shooter.
  4. If the shooter has a hit but the shooter also rolls out of the ring, he keeps the marbles that rolled out and his turn is over.
  5. If the shooter has a hit and the shooter stays in the ring then player shoots again from the place where the shooter stayed.
  6. On each new turn a player shoots from anywhere outside the ring.
  7. The person who collects the most marbles is the winner.

Craft – Treasure Map

treasure map

Example:

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