Monday, August 27, 2012

IT'S MONDAY! WHAT ARE YOU READING?


Thanks to Kellee and Jen at TEACH MENTOR TEXTS for hosting. Pop over there to see everyone's lists.

It's not been a huge reading week. Getting ready for the first day of school has pretty much consumed me this week. But I did fit in a little bit of reading here and there.  I've been thinking a lot about nonfiction reading and trying to find books that might make good read alouds or that kids might read that feel a little more like narrative. I find that these books discourage skimming and scanning and kids build stamina with nonfiction with nonfiction narrative.

A book I LOVED this week was Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John "Appleseed" Chapman by Esme Raji Codell is one of the best books about Johnny Appleseed that I have read. This is a gorgeous picture book that shares the stories and legends about this man.  I liked the writing in this one as well as the messages to readers. And the art is gorgeous.

I am a HUGE fan of the Scientists in the Field Series and one that I dug into this week was Extreme Scientists: Exploring Nature's Mysteries from Perilous Places (Scientists in the Field Series). This book takes a look at several scientists who work in dangerous places to do research needed.  I enjoyed the story about the storm chaser and I think my students will too. It really shows the research happen when it comes to weather.

Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard by Lorree Griffin Burns was another that I think will be a great cover-to-cover read.  It tells the story of people who participate in collecting data right in their own areas. The message that everyone is a scientist is a good one.

And a new professional book I just received in the mail that I am anxious to start is Christopher Lehman's Energize Research Reading and Writing: Fresh Strategies to Spark Interest, Develop Independence, and Meet Key Common Core Standards, Grades 4-8. I'm not sure I'll have time to get to it in the next week or two with school starting but I am hoping to dig in soon!



6 comments:

  1. Extreme Scientists looks like the kind of books both of my kids would love. I'll have to see if our library has that one!

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  2. Really nice books! Extreme Scientists is great, but I really loved Citizen Scientists. I thought it was one of the best science books this year.

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  3. I've heard great things about your non-fiction scientist books. Photo-filled books like that are always a hit with kids. Can't wait to check them out!

    --Lorna

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  4. I like hearing about the non-fiction books-good choices for some students! And good to see another Johnny Appleseed book for kids. It looks good. Thanks!

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  5. I need to get my hands on Energize...and find the time to read it.

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  6. Oh, this was an expensive post to read! Seed by Seed is definitely going on my list and I want to hear about Energize! I'll pass along the science books, as well. Thanks, Franki!

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