Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Recommended Grades: 3-5

Snow in Vermont is as common as dirt.  Why would anyone want to photograph it? But from the time he was a small boy, Wilson Bentley thinks of the icy crystals as small miracles, and he determines that one day his camera will capture for others their extraordinary beauty. 

Lesson Idea:  

Embedded Nonfiction Mentor Text: Read aloud Snowflake Bentley and discuss how the author told a story, but embedded true information throughout.  Use this book as a model for students as they write their own informational pieces.  Perhaps students can write in narrative form with true information embedded throughout.

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