April 28, 2016
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!
April 28, 2016
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
- Description through illustrations
- Sequencing (using illustrations only)
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:
- Innovators and Inventions
- Nonfiction Text Features
- Main Idea
- Determining Importance
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.
- Use 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.
April 6, 2016
words by Angela DiTerlizzi; bugs by Brendan Wenzel
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