National Geographic Readers: Volcanoes! by Anne Schreiber

December Theme:  Nonfiction

A National Geographic Kids book that teaches children the basics of volcanoes.

I love National Geographic books, they are always so bright and colorful, as well as fact filled. National Geographic Readers: Volcanoes! is a Science Reader, Level 2.  It’s meant for students who read independently, but could be used as a guided reading book.  It has a ton of text features, and I would use it to explicitly teach students about text features.  I would tie it into a unit on earth materials.     

Lesson Idea: Text Features

National Geographic Readers: Volcanoes! is full of features and I would use them to teach students what they are for and how they are used.  Table of contents, labels, captions, photographs, illustrations, glossary, and bold print, to name a few, are located in this text.  In a guided reading lesson, guide students thorough a text feature scavenger hunt to locate the various features. When students are comfortable with text features, have them add text features to their own writing pieces.

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