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
December 9, 2015
3rd Grade: Social Studies: Quarter 2: Immigration
We just got a new set of books that deals with immigration. Three of them are nonfiction books:
Journey to America; A Chronology of Immigration in the 1900s
Life in America: Comparing Immigrant Experiences
The Shadow of Lady Liberty: Immigrant Stories from Ellis Island
Capstone Publishing also paired these three nonfiction books with an excellent read aloud fiction book called Emma’s New Beginning.
Here’s the book blurb: Emma’s family is immigrating to America from Russia in hopes of finding a better life. But their life is not easy. The ship is overcrowded, health inspectors can deny them entry, and swindlers are eager to prey on new immigrants. Can Emma be strong enough to succeed in a place where she can’t even understand the language. Inspired by a true story, this gripping historical novel captures the hardships immigrants faced in pursuit of the American dream.
These nonfiction books (that I listed above) would make great nonfiction read alouds for shared reading as well. It would be an easy way to incorporate Social Studies into your balanced literacy approach!
May 23, 2013
by Henry Cole
This wordless picture book depicts the story of a young girl living on a farm in Virginia with her grandparents during the Civil War. The pictures begin by showing Confederate soldiers at the farm either looking for escaped slaves or looking for food to eat. Later on we see the young girl getting potatoes from the barn cellar for dinner that evening when she hears rustling in the cellar. It turns out there is an escaped slave (presumably a girl) hiding in their cellar. It is illegal to house escaped slaves, and the soldiers return offering a reward looking for ths particular slave. Will the young girl disclose the escapee’s hiding place, or will she allow the escapee to continue her path north towards freedom?
It would be a great upper elementary read-aloud, think-aloud book when discussing how illustrations connect to the text, or how one can infer much just by examining the illustrations. It would also be a great addition to a Civil War unit after students have built some schema on the Civil War and slavery. They could write the words to this book as a class activity!
Comprehension Strategies: Determining Importance, Inferring, Synthesizing (as there are no words, my thoughts were constantly changing trying to make a cohesive story)
Topics: Civil War, Slavery, Escaped Slaves, Doing What’s Right vs. Doing What’s Lawful
May 23, 2013
by Kelly Starling Lyons
Great book for visualization! The smell of the tea cakes and Grandma Honey’s descriptive words take Tosh way-back-when when their people were enslaved. Grandma Honey describes how she makes the tea cakes throughhout the beginning of the story. Then Grandma Honey begins to be forgetful. First its finding the car in the parking lot, then it’s her sister’s phone number, but finally it’s the recipe for tea cakes. Tosh learns to make Tea Cakes from his mom and the next day Tosh visits Grandma Honey, the roles are reversed, and HE is the one who tells the story of their enslaved people and of the great-great-great-great-grandma making tea cakes.
Comprehension Strategies: Visualization, Inferring, Determining Importance, Schema
Topics: Grandparents, Getting Old, Slavery, Baking
Recipe for Grandma Honey’s Tea Cakes included in the end of the book!