How to Survive as a Firefly

September 11, 2017

How to Survive as a Firefly
by Kristen Foote
Illustrated by Erica Salcedo

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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!

 

Online Resources:

http://beckycastlethebarefootteacher.blogspot.com/2017/08/free-how-to-survive-as-firefly-life.html

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/How-to-Survive-as-a-Firefly-Response-Journal-3321295

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/How-to-Survive-as-a-Firefly-Book-Companion-Activities-3367275

 

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Cutest Animals…That Could KILL YOU!

November 28, 2016

By Mary Molly Shea
and Eleanor Snyder

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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.

 


Toy Trailblazers: Innovators Biographies

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:

  • Biographies
  • Timelines
  • Innovators and Inventions
  • Nonfiction Text Features
  • Main Idea
  • Determining Importance

 


Mama Built a Little Nest

April 6, 2016

Mama Built a Little Nest

by Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Steve Jenkins

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Book Blurb from catalog: Illustrations and simple, rhyming text introduce different kinds of birds’ nests, from the scrapes falcons build on high, craggy ledges to the underground nests burrowing owls dig. Includes brief facts about each kind of bird.

Wondering how to change a research report into a poetry unit?  Try using this book as your guide!  Have students do their typical animal research, writing a wonderful descriptive paragraph.  Then challenge your students to use the information that they learned to write a rhyming couplet or ABAB poem.  This project might be a good one for your early-finishers or those that love creative writing.

Or use this book in a more traditional sense to compare and contrast the nests created by different animals.  This book would be a great mentor text for young students just learning how to use a Venn Diagram.


Glow: Animals with Their Own Night-Lights

March 16, 2016

Glow: Animals with Their Own Night Lights
by W. H. Beck

Blurb from the catalog: The author joins world-renowned photographers and biologists to present a collection of images and information about animals who have the unique ability to glow, scientifically known as bioluminescence.

Set on all-black pages, these bioluminescent animals really stand out (though that is possibly because the photographer used flash).  Through the book, students are taught the word bioluminescence by repeating the meaning of the word and showing examples.  Bioluminescence is used by animals in different ways: to hunt, to attract, to trick, to lose an enemy, etc.

When read with just the larger font, the story moves quickly and is easier to read.  Each page also has a smaller font explaining and giving an example of how the bioluminescence is used by the creature.

A great text for student independent reading as well as for a teacher to read aloud.


A Boy and A Jaguar

March 14, 2016

A Boy and a Jaguar
by Alan Rabinowitz

Book blurb from the catalog: Presents a picture book featuring the true story of Alan Rabinowitz, who loved the animals at the zoo and hated that they were kept in cages. Wanting to speak out, Alan found he couldn’t keep himself from stuttering, except when talking to animals–a fact he used to his advantage in championing animal rights.

This book would be great to help teach:

  • Empathy (understanding Alan’s stuttering)
  • Building Classroom Community (how do we treat others who are different than ourselves)
  • Biographies (and even a unit on writing autobiographies — picking out a watermelon seed moment instead of one’s entire life)
  • Setting goals (Alan says that if he ever gets “his voice” he will speak for the animals, who cannot speak for themselves.  This is a lofty goal for a stutterer, but once he does get his voice he follows through with his promise.)
  • Research famous people who stutter
    http://www.flreads.org/Book_Award/extensions/BoyAndJaguar.htm

This book has a website!
http://hmhbooks.com/boyandajaguar/

 


Impact: The Story of the September 11 Terrorist Attacks

February 24, 2016

Impact: The Story of the September 11 Terrorist Attacks

Most appropriate for 4th grade and up, this narrative nonfiction book tells about the terror of September 11, 2001 from multiple perspectives. Chapters unfold as the reader meets a passenger on Flight 93 (the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania), an air traffic controller at Washington D.C.’s Dulles airport, a worker in the south tower of the World Trade Center, a worker who happened to be in the elevator of the north tower of the World Trade Center, NYPD firefighters responding to the call for help, the medial relations person from the Pentagon, and a Fox News reporter.  All of their stories weave together to describe the heartbreak that happened on September 11.

This book is a great resource for lessons about generating questions related to text.  Students often have many questions about what happened that day; this book could be the catalyst to teach a reading comprehension strategy while teaching about the emotions and events from September 11, 2001.

According to Capstone, this book is perfect for Common Core standards about narrative nonfiction and exploring multiple accounts of an event.

Resources to use in follow up lessons:

Follow up your learning about September 11 with the poetry book September 12th or the narrative nonfiction picture book 14 Cows for America.

Cover imageDescription of September 12th: Conveys the sense of hope and comfort found in the routine of everyday activities following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001

Cover imageDescription of 14 Cows for America: Presents an illustrated tale of a gift of fourteen cows given by the Maasai people of Kenya to the U.S. as a gesture of comfort and friendship in the wake of the attacks of September 11, 2001.