Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday - What's In My Pile? series - math and science 10.18.17

Every Wednesday I join Alyson Beecher from kidlitfrenzy and other
kidlit bloggers to share wonderful nonfiction picture books.
The intention of today's blog post is to give professionals that work in the
education field new nonfiction reading material and ideas to use 
with students to promote a love of reading nonfiction materials.

I have had a large number of nonfiction picture books in my piles lately, that I decided to make October into the "What's in My Pile? series".  Today I'm spotlighting books about math and science!

How Many Guinea Pigs Can Fit on a Plane?: Answers to Your Most Clever Math Questions
How Many Guinea Pigs Can Fit on a Plane?
by Laura Overdeck

This book is perfect for math buffs, world records and crazy facts readers!  Whether you want to try and follow the math in the book or just read the crazy answers and fascinating facts, everyone will be amazed!  The facts are sent in by children so they are just the perfect amount of crazy that young readers will want to know the answers to - like "how many balloons would it take to carry me into the air?" or "how many raindrops does it take to fill a glass?"
At the end of the book are some great math tricks that you can use to amaze your friends, or just answer math facts quickly!

Full of Fall by April Pulley Sayre
Full of Fall
by April Pulley Sayre

If you haven't seen Sayre's seasons books, well, really, any of her books, you need to change that!  Beautiful, poetic lines that are full of science wonderings and photographs that draw you in.  You'll find yourself rereading over and over - first to just enjoy the words, then you'll want to pour over the photos, then you'll read the scientific information in the end notes and need to go back to those pages to ponder all of the meaning in the verse or the photograph.... you'll want a lot of time with this book!

Magnets Push, Magnets Pull
Magnets Push Magnets Pull
written by David A. Adler
illustrations by Anna Raff

If you teach third grade, I'm guessing you're adding forces into your science units as part of the NGSS.  This book is a must have because of the explanations (including where NOT to test magnets) and all the easy experiment ideas.  With so much science lessons being hands on right now, this book gives plenty of ideas!

Droughts by Melissa Stewart
written by Melissa Stewart
illustrated by Andre Ceolin

We are experiencing drought conditions in the upper northern corner of Illinois right now.  I used this book as a description text during #classroombookaday to help us talk about main idea and key details.  The students were caught up in the text - I am so glad to have nonfiction texts like this that give great information and are interesting to read.  Even if your area isn't experiencing a drought, perfect text to introduce the concept, or use it for description text structure, or to explore the many text features, or show endnotes, or.... well, just read this book!

The New Ocean by Bryn Barnard
The New Ocean: The Fate of Life in a Changing Sea
by Bryn Barnard

Despite what some people believe, our climate is changing and making an impact on our oceans, which impacts ocean life.  Humans are also making choices that will affect our oceans in a devastating way.  The author sets out to show how these changes are affecting marine life.  The first two page layout shows artwork of the animal or creature along with factual information.  The next two page layout shows artwork and has corresponding text of how either climate changes or human decisions are affecting that particular marine life.  The end pages give further information using maps to show the sections of ocean that are affected by garbage patches and high acidic levels.  A fascinating study that should open eyes and hopefully inspire this generation to help protect our Earth.

Lots of great texts that can be used across the curriculum!

1 comment:

  1. I saw a couple of these on Alyson's blog. I don't think I've seen them at our store, though, yet.