“Jingle Dancer” by Cynthia Leitich Smith and illustrations by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu

Website | Grades K-2, 3-5

Jingle Dancer is a short, picture book that gives learners a contemporary view of an American Indian family framed by one child’s quest to dance following the tradition of women in her family.

Investigate the book’s themes and understandings with your students using the provided:

  • Teacher Resources
    Jingle Dancer’s author Cynthia Leitich Smith provides a teacher guide, projects centered around Bloom’s Multiple Intelligences, comprehension questions, and a pre-reading guide.
  • Exploring Powwow Traditions with Jingle Dancer
    In this three-day literacy unit, students learn about American Indian culture while practicing literacy skills such as engaging in a read aloud, sequencing story events, retelling a story, and creating figurative language.