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It Wasn't Tradition: Crossword

Across

3. The name of the main character. (clue: find it at www.itwasnttraditon.com)


5. "Some watched in support, while some thought, surely she's ____."
6. A person that looks and watches but does not help someone getting bullied.
7. Women butterflies were not allowed to ___.

Down

1. She adorned herself with this precious metal.


2. "It wasn't _________, it was the right thing to do."
4. The mayor told her to go put on ______.
5. Allowing variety of different races, genders, and personalities to come together to learn and grow from
one another.
6. "The women were told their wings are too weak. Or if they took flight they might end up inside a bird's
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It Wasn't Tradition: Vocabulary


Discuss All Vocabulary Words Before Reading the Book.
Teachers may also have students draw or act out a few of the vocabulary word each day. Meanings are in
context to the story. (For younger students K1-first grade, it is suggested to discuss only a six words
or less: Tradition, Fairness, Adorn, Shears, Menace and Pollination.)
Diversity: difference or the inclusion of individuals representing more than one national origin, color,
religion, etc., ideally to have equal input in order to learn from one another.
Fair: Equal, the same for all, free from bias, dishonesty, or injustice.
Girls Rights/Womens Rights: Historically in some cultures women were seen as inferior, or as
something negative. Women and girls would fight for the same rights as boys/men in work or in social and
legal status.
Gender Equality: The belief that boys and girls or women and men should receive the same treatment and
not be discriminated against based on gender.
Adorn: To decorate, to make more beautiful or attractive.
Tradition: Customs, practices, or beliefs passed down from one generation to the next. Many are good.
Bullying: unwanted, aggressive behavior among children/butterflies that involves power imbalance
Bystander: a person who is present and looks at an event or incident, like bullying, and does not help
Shears: scissors or cutting device
Enhanced: To intensify, increase or further improve in quality or value

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It Wasn't Tradition: Vocabulary p.2

Pollinate: to carry or deposit pollen so to allow fertilization and the growing of new flowers and plants
Menace: a person that is likely to cause trouble, harm, or danger
Sin: an action that violates or is seen as wrong especially to religious authorities
Support: to give assistance or to be in agreement
Immaculate: perfect, clean, neat, tidy, pure
Divine: excellent, delightful, heaven-like
Pleaded: to ask in the form of an emotional appeal
Disbelief: refusal to believe, shocked, it cant be true
Prevented: to keep something from happening
Sentenced: to declare punishment, to send to jail
Plotted: to make plans to carry out a harmful action.
Oppressive: unfair, unjustly inflicting hardship or constraint
Confusion: causing trouble, making things unclear or uncertain

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It Wasn't Tradition: Questions and Reflection


It Wasnt Tradition is not just about a butterfly learning to fly, but it is about our own lives and challenges.
There are many times when we may decide to do the right thing, but unfortunately there are times where
we dont know what to do and may do nothing. Lets learn from this book and help pollinate the world.
Tell about a time where you decided to do the right thing. How did it make you feel?
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Most stood back and watched on, even those who knew she was right.
Tell about a time where you wanted to help or seen something happening that you knew was right, but you
were too scared or decided it was not the right time to do something. If you did nothing, what could you of
done different to help the situation?
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Why do you think the main character removed her gold? Would you give up treasure, money, or gold for
what you believe in?
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But still she got up and tried flight again. But this time she removed her gold and turned her back
to the wind.
Tell about a time where you failed and tried again or had to make a sacrifice for something you wanted.
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What do you think the author meant when the story said, Tradition restricted women to crawl through
life as if they were still in caterpillar form.
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How would you feel if you were restricted or told you could not do something you loved based on how
you look? How do you think many girls feel? Tell about a time where someone said you could not do
something because of your gender, age, or another special quality.
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Being beautiful was lovely, but that is not why she was born.
What was the main characters purpose in life, why was she born?
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The gold that once saved her also held her back, how do think she felt to give up her gold?
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This story gives girls a hero. Rewrite a traditional story, where the main character and hero is a girl.
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Draw your hero here:

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It Wasnt Tradition Vocabulary Worksheet


Word:_________________________________________________________
Draw for meaning














Write a sentence about this word
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It Wasn't Tradition: Letter to Self


Write a Letter to yourself, what are you going to do to help pollinate the
world and make it better.
Dear ______________________,
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Draw a Picture of yourself helping to make a better world.











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It Wasnt Tradition: Story Activity


Character Scavenger Hunt:Find the names of each chracater by going to the
website:

___________________________________________ Butterfly___________________________________ Police
________________________________________Mayor____________________________________ Caterpillar
You have to have read the book for this part
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Problem:_____________________________________________________________________________________________
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Events:
First,__________________________________________________________________________________________________
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Next,__________________________________________________________________________________________________
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Then,__________________________________________________________________________________________________
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Last,___________________________________________________________________________________________________
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Solution:______________________________________________________________________________________________
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Ending:_______________________________________________________________________________________

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It Wasnt Tradition: Writing Sheet


Draw a picture of your favorite part of the story.











My favorite part of the story
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This is my favorite part because
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