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.


Whoosh, Crunch, Roar: Football Onomatopoeia

December 9, 2015

Teaching onomatopoeia?  Tired of the same-old lessons?  Looking for a great introductory text?  Whoosh, Crunch, Roar: Football Onomatopoeia is the book for you!

Whoosh, Crunch, Roar: Football Onomatopoeia

Using the high-interest topic of football with real photographs from Sports Illustrated for Kids, author Mark Weakland teaches about onomatopoeia in the context of a football game.  Each onomatopoeia is highlighted in a stand-out font for students to easily identify.  The last page even offers a “quiz” of sorts asking readers to find the onomatopoeias in the paragraph.  Answers are provided right below the paragraph.


The Important Book

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