My Two Blankets

April 28, 2016

My Two Blankets

by Irena Kobald & Freya Blackwood

Diverse Children's Books: My Two Blankets There's a Book for That

This book comes highly recommended by our former ELL teacher, now professor at USF, Mrs. Riddle!

Blurb from the catalog: Cartwheel moves to a new country with her aunt, and although everything is strange, including the language, her old blanket of words and sounds comforts her. Then Cartwheel meets a friend who introduces her to new words and sounds, and eventually Cartwheel creates a new blanket of language.

Kobald uses descriptive metaphors to explain how Cartwheel feels in her new country:

  • “When I went out, it was like standing under a waterfall of strange sounds.”
  • “I wrapped myself in a blanket of my own words and sounds.”

Use this to teach:

  • Metaphors
  • Building friendships/relationships
  • Understanding other cultures and others’ differences
  • Building classroom community

Read this book in connection with:

  • One Green Apple by Eve Bunting
  • The Quiet Place by Sarah Stewart
  • Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say
  • The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman
  • Dear Whiskers (chapter book) by Ann Whitehead Nagda
  • Inside Out and Back (chapter book written in prose) Again by Thanhha Lai
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Where’s the Elephant?

April 28, 2016

Wheres-the-Elephant Monday April 4th, 2016 There's a Book for That

Yes, this is a search-and-find book.

But, not in the typical “only find the elephant” kind of way.

This book introduces three characters: the elephant, the parrot, and the snake.  The remainder of the book is wordless where the reader encounters the animals’ habitat constantly shrinking due to deforestation.  Progressively, the animals become easier and easier to find.

Put this in your plans to use next year to compliment any environmental awareness unit or a great discussion starter on Earth Day!


The Typewriter

April 28, 2016

The Typewriter

by Bill Thomson

Wordless picture book author/illustrator Bill Thompson (author of Chalk and Fossil) is at it again.  This time the kids in the story come across an old typewriter.  When they put paper in it and write, the words come to life.

Add this to your must-use wordless picture books!

This book is also great to teach:

  • Cause and Effect
  • Beginning, Middle, and End
  • Compare/Contrast
  • Description through illustrations
  • Sequencing (using illustrations only)

 


Toy Trailblazers: Innovators Biographies

April 28, 2016

This is an exciting new biography series for kids interested in Crayola crayons, Barbies, LEGO, and Play-Doh!

   

The four books from the series that we purchased for the library are:

  • Play-Doh Pioneer: Joseph McVicker
  • LEGO Manufacturers: The Kristiansen Family
  • Barbie Developer: Ruth Handler
  • Crayola Creators: Edward Binney and C. Harrold Smith

These books are not only high interest reads, but can also fit into lessons about:

  • Biographies
  • Timelines
  • Innovators and Inventions
  • Nonfiction Text Features
  • Main Idea
  • Determining Importance

 


National Geographic Science: Persuasive Text BIG BOOKS!

April 19, 2016

We have three new big books in the Lowell Library published by National Geographic Learning.  Each is a persuasive text and would be an excellent mentor text when teaching primary students how to write persuasive pieces.

The titles are:

  • Summer is the Best! (seasons)
  • Take Care of Earth! (environment)
  • We Need More Trees! (life cycles)

     

Summer is the Best! is written in simple sentences.  Each persuasive sentence then has three supporting simple sentences.

  • For example: The weather is warm in summer.  You can play outside.  You can eat outside. You can sell lemonade.

We Need More Trees! has a main argument that we need more trees.  The rest of the book then contains reasons why more trees are necessary and how trees help the Earth.  It is a step more advanced than Summer is the Best! The supporting sentences are not as explicit as in the summer book.  Great for grades 1-3.

Take Care of Earth! is a more advanced text great for third or fourth grade writers.  It has persuasive sentences followed by research on why their persuasive sentence is necessary.  Each page also has an insert that explains what students can do to help out.

 

  • Pair these books with your persuasive writing units to tie in environmental concepts.
  • Click for more information on this titleUse this book with Learning about Fact and Opinion by Martha E. H. Rustad to distinguish the different ways writers use facts and opinions in their persuasive pieces.
  • Intermediate grades could also use this text to teach the basics of bias in persuasive writing.

Some Bugs

April 6, 2016

Some Bugs

words by Angela DiTerlizzi; bugs by Brendan Wenzel

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Book Blurb: From butterflies and moths to crickets and cicadas, a rhyming exploration of backyard-bug behavior.

Great to use when teaching:

  • Any bug unit
  • Action Verbs

Helen Thayer’s Arctic Adventure

April 6, 2016

Helen Thayer’s Arctic Adventure: A Woman and a Dog Walk to the North Pole

by Sally Isaacs, illustrated by Iva Sasheva

Use this when teaching:

  • Biographies
  • Women’s History Month (March)
  • Compare/Contrast — Compare the adventures of Helen Thayer from this book to Betty Skelton in the book Daredevil
  • Setting and achieving goals
  • Inspiration for creating Hopes and Dreams.
    • Helen Thayer had a specific goal in mind: she wanted to trek to the magnetic North Pole.  Nothing was going to get in her way.  She trained; she studied; she prepared.  She worked toward her Hope and Dream of becoming the first woman to travel alone to the magnetic North Pole.
  • Problem Solving
    • Many things did not go as planned for Helen Thayer on her trek to the magnetic north pole.  She had to think on her feet to solve many problems only using the supplies she packed along with her.
  • Theme: Perseverance

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