November 28, 2016
By Mary Molly Shea
and Eleanor Snyder
Written at a DRA 24 or 28, these animal books are sure to hook your readers! Each book takes a cute animal and teaches the reader all about it, including “dangerous details.” Great informative books! Each book contains with excellent nonfiction text features too–headings, bold words, glossary, table of contents, index, captions, and photographs.
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 10, 2015
by Katherine Roy
Book Blurb: Presents information on the great white sharks who live in the waters around the Farallon Islands near San Francisco, including information about their physical characteristics, behaviors, hunting activities, and habitat.
Here are some great resources on how to incorporate Neighborhood Sharks as a mentor text for your nonfiction writing unit: https://sixtraitgurus.wordpress.com/tag/neighborhood-sharks/
This activity addresses Common Core Standards RI.2.3, RI.2.6 / RI.3.8 / RI.4.3
Farallon Island Food Chain Graphic Organizer: http://www.lessonbungalow.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Farallon-Island-Food-Chain.pdf
This activity addresses Common Core Standards: RL.2.3, RI.2.1, RI.2.7, RL.3.4, RI.3.1, RI.3.7
From the same website, here’s an idea to use this nonfiction book as a starting point to write similes.