Session plan for interest level: K, 1, 2, 3


This true story about the life of Jackie Robinson was written by his daughter. “Testing the ice” was both literal in the story and figurative in helping Jackie Robinson break the color barrier in baseball. The session focuses also on figurative language, particularly idioms.


See if your student can predict what will happen in the story from the front and back covers.

Introduce the main character, Jackie Robinson, and what he accomplished. Explain that this is a biography. Pause frequently, every couple of pages or where appropriate, to discuss the events and predict what will come next. After reading and discussing the book, use the idiom templates to engage a discussion of idioms and their meanings.

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Book Information

Testing the Ice
By Sharon Robinson
Scholastic, ©2009; Illus: Kadir Nelson

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