I have the kids do research on volcanos and earthquakes. They plot these on the map around the ring of fire. It is a good lesson to do when teaching plate tectonics.
Our middle students, grades 6-8, read Tiger in advisory. It was an easy read and very interesting for middle school students. In fact, after the students completed the book, they wanted to read the series because it was engaging. Teachers used the reading to introduce the Oriental culture. At the end of the semester, we had Karate performers to culminate Oriental experience. Students enjoyed the assembly, " It was as if the book was coming alive", some students reported.
My English team teacher and I are often trying to find ways to thread our classes together -- this book Ties that Bind, Ties that Break sounds like something I'd like to share with her.....a good opportunity to collaborate. Pat Lamkie