If You Are A Teacher Looking For A New Non-Fiction Book Series!

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Happy Summer Days!  My last day of school was June 27th so I'm still on vacation and trying to enjoy every day.  Of course, Back to School is right around the corner, and I'm starting to gather ideas for the forthcoming year.  Today I'm excited to share a new non-fiction series that your students are sure to enjoy!

Background Information

This summer I took a class ~ Go With The Flow ~ at the New England Aquarium's Teacher Resource Center.  My final project centered around hurricanes ~ specifically Hurricane Katrina ~ and levees.  In my travels, I came upon this book:

Click on the cover to check this book out at Scholastic where you can get the best price!
Even better:  There's an entire series of these books that range from being a kid on The Titanic to living during the American Revolution!  Here are two more that I found at my local library today:

Click  here for The 13 Colonies book  or here for the First Thanksgiving book.

What's More to Like?

These books contain both fictional characters and non-fiction information.  If your students aren't particularly interested in hurricanes, the above book has a story line about a missing dog ~ when there's a hurricane on the way:

Now that Dan's dog is missing, the kids are hooked ~ they want to find out about the dog, but at the same time, they're learning information about hurricanes!

Non-Fiction Text Features Abound!

One of my yearly goals is to incorporate more non-fiction books into my read-aloud time.  In addition, my students need as much exposure to non-fiction text features as possible.  Last year's MCAS test had a question that asked specifically how the non-fiction text features helped to understand the material.  Check out these examples:

These books offer plenty of opportunities to discuss non-fiction text features and how they make the information easier to understand.  Plus, the features are consistent and predictable in all the books, and this consistency helps kids to become familiar with text features:

I liked how the characters in the 13 Colonies book were dealing with survival strategies and storm preparations, too ~ even more consistency!

Check out this house!

I've never been to New Orleans, but check out this house that is built to withstand hurricanes:

Thank you so much for taking time to read our blog.  We love when you visit.  If you have any questions or comments, please let us know!

by Susan K.

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  1. Thank you! What a great series. I'd never heard of it. I already put the hurricane book in my Scholastic cart. I definitely want to get some of those to use during content time and also as mentor texts during reading. Thanks again!
    Laughter and Consistency

    1. Hi Jan! You're the BEST! I love when you leave comments! I know - I'm always looking for new non-fiction. I really like these books, too! Thank you!


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