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!
This week I read a fantastic picture book for young readers, Some Bugs by Angela DiTerlizzi. I was so impressed with it. In its very simple language, young readers can gain so much information about bugs. I love DiTerlizzi's use of verbs on each page. I can see students looking at the organization of the text. How did the author organize it (how bugs move, what they do, how they sound)? What verbs/actions go together? What did you learn about bugs? I also loved the "index" at the end with illustrator, Brendan Wenzel's, pictures and labels. I think young students will pour over the illustrations and accessible text, while teachers will have days of lessons to go along with this fantastic spring book. It's a must have for me!