We know that a big part of the CCSS is to include more informational texts into our students' reading. I quickly discovered I had a "gap" in my reading diet - the genre of informational texts! To help me fill the gap this year, I am going to participate in Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesdays! This is a great link-up hosted by Kid Lit Frenzy. Please visit this website to see other educator's link-ups. My goal is to read at least one informational text each week and post information on the blog. The more books and subjects I read, the more I can encourage (my #OLW for 2014) other teachers to use in their classroom!
My First Day by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
Goodreads summary: The first day of life is different for every animal. Human newborns don’t do much at all, but some animals hit the ground running. The Caldecott Honor–winning team Steve Jenkins and Robin Page apply their considerable talents to revealing how twenty two different species, from the emperor penguin to the Siberian tiger, adapt to that traumatic first few hours of life, with or without parental help. Jenkins’s vividly colorful cut-paper illustrations are eye-poppingly three-dimensional and as exquisite as ever. While the text is short and sweet, an illustrated guide provides descriptions of the twenty two animals in the back.
My summary: Great informational text for young readers. Similar style that we've come to know from Steve Jenkins. Readers will learn information about many baby animals and things they can do on their first day of life. Young readers will enjoy comparing animals to themselves. They will also pick up different bits of information and even be able to compare the animals to each other - who flies their first day? who is on their own on their first day?
Who should use the text? I would recommend it for Kg-1st grade
Kg - connect to the Science standard "Interdependent relationships in ecosystems: animals, plants and their environment".
One RI ELA standard that lends itself nicely to this book is RI.K.3 - "With prompting and support, describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas or pieces of information in a text." Have students go back and specifically look for patterns in the way the animals connect/have similarities.
1st gr - connect to the Science standard "Structure, function, and information processing" - Students who demonstrate understanding can: read texts and use media to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive.
Same as kindergarten - One RI ELA standard that lends itself nicely to this book is RI.1.3 - "Describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas or pieces of information in a text." Have students go back and specifically look for patterns in the way the animals connect/have similarities.