Truth or Lie Series by Erica Perl

Recommended Grades: 2-4

Touted as 75% Truth + 25% Lies = 100% FUN! This new series makes the game “2 Truths and a Lie” educational!

Lesson Idea: 

Mentor Text: Determine Importance:  On one page in this early reader science series, Erica Perl provides readers with four statements about a topic.  Readers are asked to determine which one of the four statements is a lie.  The next page reveals the answer and provides detailed information about the true statements.  This series is a great mentor for students to determine importance in a text.  After reading texts about a different topic, students could use these texts as a model in order to write their own “Truth or Lie” book to demonstrate their understanding.

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Pink is for Blobfish by Jess Keating

Recommended Grades: 3-5

A nonfiction picture book all about pink animals.  Keating describes the animal, shares an interesting fact or story about each one, and provides scientific data for each animal. 

Lesson Idea: 

Mentor Text; Six Traits of Writing – Organization:  Pink is for Blobfish is a great mentor text for organization and structure.  Read aloud the book to students during a study of animals.  Have them create their own scientific notebooks to include scientific data such as the name of the animal, the species name, size, diet, habitat, and predators or threats.

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Islandborn by Junot Díaz

Recommended Grades: 3-5

When Lola is asked to draw a picture of where her family emigrated from, she becomes worried because she can’t remember the Island.  But with the help of her family and friends, and their memories, Lola is able to go on an imaginary journey back to the Island.  

Lesson Idea: 

Mentor Text; Six Traits of Writing – Idea Development:  Islandborn is a fantastic mentor text to help students develop idea seeds in their writer’s notebook.  After reading it aloud to students, have them brainstorm memories that are important to them about family and friends.

This is also a mentor text in The Storyteller’s Project.  Click on the link to find out more!

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Snow Sisters! Two Sisters, One Snowy Day by Kerri Kokias

Recommended Grades: 2-5

Just like snowflakes, no two sisters are alike.  The heroines enjoy a snow day in their own unique ways independently, but then reunite for a surprise! 

Lesson Idea: 

Mentor Text; Six Traits of Writing – Word Choice:  The use of clear, succinct language, coupled with beautiful illustrations makes Snow Sisters! an excellent model for teaching word choice. Read through the story and ask students what they notice about the use of language and the organization of the text.  How do the pictures enhance the minimal text?

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Six STEM Mentor Texts

stem-collageI have recently read several picture books that I think are great mentor texts for STEM in the classroom.

 

 

Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor by Robert Burleighsolving-the-puzzle

The story of one of the twentieth century’s most important scientists, but little known, highlighting her perseverance and determination to map the ocean floor.

 

rosie-revereRosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty

Rosie Revere sees inspiration in the trash around her and constructs great inventions from odds and ends.  Afraid of failure, she hides them under her bed.  Until her great-great-aunt Rose shows her that flops aren’t something to fear, but something to celebrate.

Ada’s Ideas: The Story of Ada Lovelace, the World’s First Computer Programmer by Fiona adas-ideasRobinson

The story of the creative mind and mathematical genius of Ada Lovelace, a little-known but important person in the history of the computer.

boy-who-loved-mathThe Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos by Deborah Heiligman

Paul thought about math all day long.  This is the story of how he found his own way in the world, making friends, sharing ideas, and grew to become one of the world’s most famous and beloved mathematicians.

Mira Forecasts the Future by Kell Andrews mira-forecasts-the-future

One day, Mira notices the wind fluttering through the streamers of a windsock at the beach.  Using science, she finds a talent to make weather predictions.

ada-twistAda Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty

Ada Twist’s head is full of questions. Then her parents put her in the Thinking Chair.  Will time in the chair change her mind?  In the same spirit as Rosie Revere, Ada is full of curiosity and perseverance.

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