After the book has been shared and discussed ask the students to think about Nora's home life and theirs.
Look at the homes in your neighborhood. Make a map of the area around the school and sketch on it the various styles of housing - single home dwellings, apartment buildings, condominiums. Ask students what influences the type of homes in the area? (e.g.a lack of land in a city would mean there were more high rises.)
Invite students to take a large sheets of paper and fold in half. On one side, make the heading All About Me, and on the other side make the heading All About Nora. Under each heading, tell about and illustrate: Family, House, Neighbors, Neighborhood, Transportation, Babysitters, Family Activities.
In the chapter "String Beans" Grandpa plays a big role. Ask students what kind of things an older person might know more about than a younger person.Then ask students to make a list of activities that young and old people could do together (e.g. looking at old family photographs, telling about the way people used to live, reading a story together.)
Ask students to describe their favorite older person, and to write a story telling what they know of that person's life, what they like most about being with that person and something that they have learned from that relationship.
Provide cereal boxes and ask students to cover them with white paper, as they are going to use the cereal box to make a book report. On the front of the box, print the title of the book and the author and illustrator. Make a picture to show a bowl of cereal related to the story e.g. toasted cereal bits in the shape of Nora and her family. On the side panel, list the ingredients in the cereal (e.g. the characters and the setting.) On the other panel, give a short summary of the book. On the back of the box, create a picture of your favorite part of the story. Make it an outline so that it could be a coloring picture for the person who is eating the cereal. On the top of the box give the book a rating. For example, you may wish to show how many stars out of 5 this book deserves.