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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Feathers: Not Just for Flying by Melissa Stewart

Feathers: Not Just for Flying is a Maryland Black Eyed Susan Award nominee for 2016.

Recommended Grades:   3-5

Feathers aren’t just for flying. . . In this scrapbook-like nonfiction picture book, Stewart introduces sixteen types of birds and compares their feathers to everyday objects teaching readers just how practical their feathers can be. 

Lesson Idea:

Mentor Text: Writer’s Craft: Before sharing Feathers: Not Just for Flying as a mentor text, read aloud the author’s note.  In it, Stewart shares how she researches for her books and develops the concepts that make her books more engaging.  Encourage students to use Feathers: Not Just for Flying as a model text when they are researching and writing their own informational texts.  Consider both the scrap-book and the comparison models as possible mentors for students.

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Flight of the Honey Bee by Raymond Huber

Recommended Grades: 4-6

A great informational text about the honey bee, the planet’s greatest pollinator and one of nature’s most important creatures. 

Lesson Idea:


Mentor Text: Nonfiction Picture Book/Comparing Information:  Read aloud Flight of the Honey Bee(a Maryland Black Eyed Susan nominee) and discuss the role of a honey bee on our planet.  Instead of fearing bees, we should do what we can to save them as they are in danger of dying out.  Pair the book with the article, “The Plight of the Honeybee” in National Geographic for students to compare information.

 

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Fly Guy Presents: Space by Tedd Arnold

Recommended Grades: 2-4

Buzz and Fly Guy learn about space in the next installment of this hybrid fiction and nonfiction.  This time Buzz and his friend go to the space museum. 

Lesson Idea:


Mentor Text: Writer’s Workshop: Share Fly Guy Presents: Space using an ELMO or another projection device.  Enlarge the pictures for all to see and discuss how the author takes elements of both fiction and nonfiction to write an interesting story.  Use the book as a model text in writer’s workshop where students may be writing informational pieces; perhaps they want to write in the style of Tedd Arnold instead.   

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