Interactive Story Time & Printable Prompt Cards

I'm New Here

Here's your Book Prompt Card for I'm New Here!

What's a Book Prompt Card? A card designed to be cut out and placed inside your Anywhere Pocket.

What's an Anywhere Pocket? A self-adhesive, clear pocket that can be placed on the end pages at the beginning of a book.

Side A

I'm New Here
Before the Story

The title of the story is I’m New Here.  What does it mean to be new? In this story, we meet Maria, Jin, and Fatimah who just moved to the United States and started at a new school.  In this story, they look a little scared and sad when they start school. Let’s find out why.

During the Story

Children might be unfamiliar with the concept of different languages, and different ways to make letters. You might need to stop and check children’s understanding before reading the rest of the story. On some of the pages, the new children are struggling to learn new things. Fatimah says, “I am scared I will make a mistake.” What could you say to Fatimah to make her feel better?

After the Story

On the last page, Fatimah shouts, “Here is a new home.” How do you think she feels now? Let’s look at the last 2 pages again. Find Fatimah, Maria, and Jin in the picture. They look the same, they have the same names and they still come from different countries. What’s different?

Becker's School Supplies,, I'm New Here, Item # 9781580896122

Side B

Vocabulary Boosters
  • Alone–By yourself; not with anyone else.  In this story, “alone” is how Maria feels. For some people, feeling alone makes them sad. 
  • Confused – Don’t understand; don’t know how to act or what to say.
  • Tremble – Shake; Fatimah is so scared in the story that her knees tremble. 
Similes –

The author uses similes to describe some of the children’s experiences more vividly. Young children might not understand the meanings and that’s ok. Just hearing the pattern of words in similes enriches the reading experience. Here are some from the story:

  • Our voices flowed like water and flew between us like birds. 
  • The words opened like windows and doors into a story.
  • They lie on the page like scribbles and scratches. 
  • I fit in like one of many stars in the night sky.
Your Notes
Becker's School Supplies,, I'm New Here, Item # 9781580896122
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