September 10, 2018
Counting on Catherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13
by Helaine Becker
Blurb: From Katherine‘s early beginnings as a gifted student to her heroic accomplishments as a prominent mathematician at NASA, this is the story of an American icon who not only calculated the course of moon landings but, in turn, saved lives.
Want to make a case about precise computing? Read an excerpt of this book to your students about the importance of Katherine’s math being precise or people would die in space!
This harrowing biography of how Katherine Johnson, an unsung hero, helped the Americans in the Space Race shows just how important minorities were to the effort.
My favorite quote, from Katherine Johnson herself, comes from the back papers: “Despite her many achievements, Katherine never liked to take any credit. Her reason? ‘Because we always work as a team,’ she says. ‘ it was never just one person.'”
This book is for:
- space enthusiasts
- biographies highlighting otherwise unsung people of history
- February — Black History month
- Women’s History month
- Context Clues: use the page about “all of the computers were women” to have students figure out what the author means by “computers” (people, not machines)
- goal setting
- reaching one’s potential, despite setbacks
Check it out at your local library! ISBN 9781250137524
October 31, 2017
written by Dori Hillestad Butler
illustrated by Nancy Meyers
King’s ball is tossed over the fence. A “not-my-ball” comes back. The case is one: Find King’s missing ball. The Cat with No Name is no help, except giving the clue that Mouse took it. So where is this mouse? Read the book to find out if King and his pals can find his missing ball!
This book is part of a series that is sure to entertain budding chapter book readers.
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)
November 16, 2016
by Mark and Rowan Sommerset
Sheep is bored. Sheep comes across something that looks suspiciously brown, but looks delicious. Sheep tries to convince Turkey to eat this substance. Spoiler alert: Poor Turkey!
But Turkey doesn’t learn. In the sequel book (I Love Lemonade) Turkey is convinced he will NOT be tricked again and tries to trick Sheep. But, somehow, Sheep turns it back around on poor Turkey! How clever!
YOU HAVE TO READ THESE BOOKS! They are even better when read aloud!
- Context clues
- Teaching dialogue with speech bubbles
- Persuasive writing
- Character Traits