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!
September 11, 2017
The Girl Who Ran: Bobbi Gibb, The First Woman to Run the Boston Marathon
by Frances Poletti and Kristina Yee
Illustrated by Susanna Chapman
Do you want a book about NEVER GIVING UP? This is for you! Bobbi Gibb is a girl in the 1960s. All she wants to do is run. But others try to stop her, her father even says “Girls don’t run!” That doesn’t stop Bobbi. For her first race, she disguises herself as a boy, wearing boy tennis shoes and covering her hair with a hooded sweatshirt. Midway through the race, she had been spotted and the men running the race replied “We won’t let anyone throw you out; it’s a free road.” So Bobbi took off her sweatshirt and finished the race!
An inspiring biography of one person who wanted to change the world, who wanted to follow her heart.
Use this at the beginning of the school year as you build community and discuss hopes and dreams! Bobbi Gibb will definitely inspire your students to never give up and to follow their dreams!
November 18, 2016
by Ella Bailey
These books would make great read alouds when studying biomes or ecosystems.
…In the Antarctic follows an Adelie penguin through a typical day, including interactions with other penguins and penguin lifestyle, as well as other animals and things in the Antarctic. This book includes awesome endpapers that show labeled illustrations of things found above the ice and below the ice.
…In the Savannah follows a lion cub experiencing life, under the protection of his mother, in the African savannah. This book includes awesome endpapers that show labeled illustrations of animals in the daytime and animals in the nighttime on the African savannah.
These are great jumping off points when talking about either of these biomes or continents!
May 10, 2016
by Jenna Glatzer
Talk about grit and determination! George Ferris has them both! Mr. Ferris had an idea (the Ferris Wheel), and he did not let any obstacles (and there were many!) get in the way of making his dream come true.
For teachers who want to emphasize the concept of grit and perseverance, read this book!
April 28, 2016
by Bill Thomson
Wordless picture book author/illustrator Bill Thompson (author of Chalk and Fossil) is at it again. This time the kids in the story come across an old typewriter. When they put paper in it and write, the words come to life.
Add this to your must-use wordless picture books!
This book is also great to teach:
- Cause and Effect
- Beginning, Middle, and End
- Description through illustrations
- Sequencing (using illustrations only)
March 16, 2016
Pom and Pim
by Lena and Olof Landstrom
Blurb from the catalog: A child named Pom has a stuffed toy named Pim. Together they go outside on a nice sunny day, and a series of good luck and bad luck events lead them home again.
This text is a great beginning-reader text perfect for K-2 when teaching cause and effect. The author uses the terms “good luck” and “bad luck” to show the effects of different occurrences.
This book also is also great for students to infer what happened from the illustrations.
Pair this book with the book Good News, Bad News by Jeff Mack!
March 15, 2016
How to Swallow a Pig
by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page
Step-By-Step Advice from the Animal Kingdom
Want a fun way to spice up your how-to unit? Want to incorporate research into that writing unit? Use How to Swallow a Pig as a mentor text next time!
Steve Jenkins and Robin Page write simple how-to instructions, then add details under their topic sentence.
- For example the first page is “How to Trap Fish Like a Humpback Whale”.
- Step 1: Find some fish (written in bold).
- The subtext then reads: The first step is locating a school of fish. Some of these schools include millions of herring or sardines.
- Step 2: Tell your friends.
- The subtext then reads: Call any humpbacks in the area and let them know you’ve located dinner.
- Step 3: Slap the surface.
- The subtext then reads: Whacking the water with your tail frightens the fish and makes them swim closer together. If you don’t have a tail, ask one of the whales for help.
Each situation will definitely intrigue the animal lover!
Use this book to teach:
- How to units
- Enhance your animal research units (think about how students can research their animal to create their own how-to page)
- Topic sentences and supporting details