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!
December 9, 2015
A Chicken Followed Me Home!
Questions and Answers about a Familiar Fowl
by Robin Page
Inquisitive minds must know! What do you do if a chicken follows you home? This nonfiction text teaches you just what to do if you want to be able to take care of that chicken! In a question and answer format, an unnamed narrator asks simple questions like What will my chicken eat?, Will my chicken fly away?, How do I keep my chicken safe?, among others. After each question there is a short paragraph answering each question.
A great addition to lessons introducing questioning and diving deeper into a topic.
This is a great addition to the kindergarten unit when hatching chicks!
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!
October 11, 2012
The Important Book
by Margaret Wise Brown
Publisher Notes: Points out how all things, from an apple to a spoon, and from the sky to a shoe, have certain important qualities that are special about them, and that the most important thing about you is that you are you.
Comprehension Strategies: Inferring (don’t show pictures and don’t tell what the object is, have students use the clues of why it is important to figure out what the object is), Determining Importance (an introduction, possibly)
Writing: Generating Ideas, Organization, Word Choice, Expository Writing
October 10, 2012
Reading Makes You Feel Good
by Todd Parr
Todd Parr presents many reasons why reading makes you feel good: you can make a new friend; you can do it anywhere; you can learn to make pizza; you can learn about your favorite animal at the zoo; you can travel to faraway places; the options are limitless!
Possible Lessons: Getting excited about reading, Intro to Read to Self for younger grades, author study
Comprehension Strategies: Connections, Schema, Voracious Reading
Writing Traits: Generating Ideas, Organization