Eyes That Kiss in the Corners Activities

Eyes That Kiss in the Corner activities engage students in a variety of reading, writing, and speaking skills while they think deeply about the book’s themes. The diverse set of activities are great for differentiated instruction, and support English Language Arts and Social Studies. 

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42 pages

Grades PreK-5


As children grow, they may notice how they are similar and different to other children. Help them learn to appreciate and love their appearance, identity, and culture with Eyes That Kiss in the Corner activities. Younger students will explore these themes through fine motor skills. While older readers will use English Language Arts Skills to demonstrate reading comprehension through connections, character traits, theme, and author’s purpose. They’ll continue to explore themes of culture and heritage as they identify figurative language, define vocabulary, and share about their own experiences. 

As a result of the included activities, students will be able to:

  • color and illustrate
  • form letters
  • compare and contrast
  • demonstrate reading comprehension
  • write sentences
  • identify parts of speech (nouns and adjectives)
  • identify and analyze character traits 
  • define story vocabulary 
  • identify types of figurative language 
  • infer theme
  • infer author’s purpose
  • build a Lotus flower craftivity
  • reflect and respond to writing prompts and discussion questions
  • participate in a culture exchange

These activities can be used by the whole group, at stations or centers, or provide student choice. They’re perfect for differentiation and focusing on specific learning goals and skills. 

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About the Book

A young Asian girl notices that her eyes look different from other children’s. Through reflection, she realizes that her eyes are like her mother’s, grandmother’s and sister’s. They all have eyes that kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea. Their eyes are filled with stores of the past, and hope for the future. In the process, she recognizes the strength and beauty, and becomes empowered to love herself. Buy the book.

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