We know that a big part of the CCSS is to include more informational texts into ourstudents' 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!
As we start the next school year, I wanted to review the 2015 IL Monarch Awards, particularly the informational texts. Being familiar with them helps me know if any of these books will work for any of our science units.
Animals texts (NGSS: animal adaptations)
Snakes by Nic Bishop
I love Bishop's books. The texts are always rich with information and the photography is outstanding. The colors and textures of the animals seem to come to life and I really like how he puts the size magnification. His author notes are always interesting too - it seems that there is always an interesting, if not humorous story, that comes from his work with animals!
The first page is perfect to closely read to look for snake descriptions and come up with generalizations based on them. I also flagged pg 8 to use when close reading as Bishop compares humans and snakes.
Jimmy the Joey: The True Story of an Amazing Koala Rescue by Deborah Lee Rose and Susan Kelly
Great story of how rescuers teach the koala how to survive and then release them back to the wild. Young children will love the photography.
A Little Book of Sloth by Lucy Cooke
Read this book and then compare it to the adorable Sparky fiction story by Jenny Offill
Helen's Big World: the Life of Helen Keller by Doreen Rappaport
This book could almost be used in adaptations as well! I'd also use it for a lifeskill discussion of perseverance. Masterful illustrations.
Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell
Early biography of Jane Goodall. Use as a writing mentor text as discussed in this
Inventions - Social Studies
Miracle Mud: Lena Blackburne and the Secret Mud that Changed Baseball by David A. Kelly
Fascinating story about a specific part of baseball. I could see using this in a unit on inventions that changed America.