September 11, 2017
How to Survive as a Firefly
by Kristen Foote
Illustrated by Erica Salcedo
Did you know that fireflies only live as adults for 5-30 days?
Drill Sergeant Firefly is tasked with teaching the firefly larvae all they need to know to survive their life cycle. And he must accomplish this task quickly, before he dies.
Told in a comical dialogue, readers learn about metamorphosis, the firefly life cycle, bioluminescence, and everything you could possibly want to know about fireflies!
Looking for a way to spice up your how tos?
Looking for a possible project using coding, incorporating life cycles?
Looking for a mentor text that shows a comical voice?
Just looking for a good read?
This is the book for you!
November 21, 2016
by Duncan Tonatiuh
Looking for a great folktale?
This picture book explains the creation of two volcanoes found 40 miles southeast of Mexico City. Expand your teaching to show where Mexico City is on a map, and show photographs of the two volcanoes. Itza is known as “la mujer dormida” and is an inactive volcano. Popo sits next to Itza and has errupted as recently as 2013.
Catalog blurb: Daughter of the emperor, Izta has no desire to marry a wealthy, powerful man like she’s supposed to. Instead, she has her eye on Popoca, a warrior. Izta’s father agrees to allow the marriage if Popoca can defeat Jaguar Claw, the ultimate enemy.
This book would be great to teach
- Problem and Solution
- Beginning, Middle, and End
- Context Clues (there are a lot of Spanish words in this book that are not directly defined)
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!
March 16, 2016
by Greg Ruth
In this nearly wordless picture book, the boy waits and watched until finally being reunited with his mother, who is coming home from her deployment.
Add this book to your list of wordless picture books.
Need ideas on what to do with wordless picture books? Read this from Scholastic.
I will definitely be using this book to introduce the concept of Veteran’s Day next year! It is a great discussion starter for young students to talk about military personnel and the emotions that go along with a deployment.