Barnum's Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World by Tracey Fern
Read to 3rd Grade
Targeted Skills: Literary Nonfiction; Make Inferences; Interesting Facts
This book is on the 2014 Bluebonnet List, but since the curriculum focus for the week was literary nonfiction, I thought this would be a good choice.
My students loved this book--especially the boys. It is a great example of literary nonfiction--true events told in a literary way...less "just the facts" and more story elements. It is perfect for making inferences and tying in some science elements about fossils and dinosaurs. Fabulous read-aloud!
I passed this book along to one of my 3rd grade teachers as an example of literary nonfiction. It was a bit too long to read during our lesson time in the library, so she read it in her classroom. She said that her students really enjoyed it--especially since they have become fascinated with the presidents.
Read to 1st and 2nd Grade
Targeted Skills: Difference between Fiction & Expository; Main Idea; Make Inferences and Text Connections
The curriculum focus for the week was "main idea with expository text." But this is when I have to get creative because I need to read our Mockingbird books by May so that we can vote for our favorite. Unfortunately, we don't have any expository books in our list this year. To learn more about our Mockingbird list, please read this post.
My students LOVED this book, and it is a perfect example of a twisted fairy tale. The students were able to make inferences and text connections to other fairy tales that they had read. When we finished the book, they did a "turn and talk" about the main idea. We discussed how finding the main idea of a fiction story is different than finding it in expository, but everything that you read does have a main idea--just a different strategy on how to find it.
Big Bouffant by Kate Hosford
Read to Kinder & 4th Grade
Targeted Skills for Kinder: Fiction or Nonfiction? Good research book? Context clues for vocab
Targeted Skills for 4th Grade: Genre? Use text evidence to make inferences about character traits; personal narrative idea
I have already read this book to 1st & 2nd grade, so it was Kindergarten's turn since it is a Mockingbird book. I stagger the MB books so that I don't have to read it 16 times in a week (the number of K--2nd classes on my campus). I don't want to end the week sick of a book. This was another stretch of making the lesson fit the curriculum objective to the week for Kinder. They are working on research in the classroom, so we talked about if this book would be good for research? They said no because we need books of facts for research, and they knew this was not facts but a story. I have a super-sharp group of Kinders this year! They impress me every week.
Even though 4th grade does not participate in the Mockingbird Book vote, I try to read some of the books that I think they will really enjoy. They get sad when they realize that they miss out on them. This book is a perfect example of bumping up the lesson to meet the needs of the class. This is perfect for 4th grade, and they loved it! They used text evidence to make inferences about Annabelle's character. We also talked about how they could write about their own hair emergencies for a personal narrative.
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