Off the Shelf: The Adventures of Lefty and Righty in the Windy City
Grades: K - 5

Video Description: New May 2023! Author Lori Olinsky reads “The Adventures of Lefty and Righty–The Windy City,” a delightful story of two socks who sneak out of the laundry room to go see a White Sox baseball game. In addition to reading the story, Orlinsky shares information on how and why she wrote the book and provides questions for student discussion.

From the Author: Do you ever wonder what happens to socks that get lost in the dryer? Join Lefty and Righty for the adventure of a lifetime as they sneak out of the laundry room with a destination in mind: a White Sox game! But with so much to do in the Windy City, will they make it to the game on time?

Learn more about the author at her website.

Type of Video: Topical*
Unique Video ID: OTS-19**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • After viewing the video, engage students in the discussion questions Lee provides at the end: Which place would you like to visit? Why? Where should Left and Righty go next? Which sock do you like more? Why?
  • As part of your character education/SEL study, have students offer their reactions to the book and discuss its themes in class discussion, think/pair/share duos, and/or in journal entries.
  • As part of your language arts study, discuss the characters, theme, and plot of the book and have students create a drawing of their favorite moment from the story.


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