Ranger Rick by National Wildlife Federation

Theme: Nonfiction Read Alouds

Strategy: Author’s Purpose

Recommended Grades: 3-6th grade

Ok, so technically, Ranger Rick magazine is not a picture book, but it provides short text (and lots of photographs!) that can easily be used in the classroom to model nonfiction text features or in this case author’s purpose.

Lesson Idea: Choose the type of text you want to model. Ranger Rick offers sets of directions when they showcase crafts, jokes and riddles, and short informative news articles using various text structures.  Read aloud (or post on an overhead or ELMO device) and discuss with students how author’s write differently for different purposes.  Authors typically write for three different purposes: to entertain, persuade, or inform.  Download the Determining the Author’s Purpose graphic organizer.  Model for students how to determine different purposes for writing.  When students have had plenty of practice determining the author’s purpose of various texts with you or a partner, have them use the graphic organizer to locate features on their own.

Content Connections: Ranger Rick is a great resource to use when teaching science.

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Chimp Math: Learning about Time from a Baby Chimpanzee by Ann Whitehead Nagda and Cindy Bickel

Theme: Nonfiction Read Alouds

Strategy: Nonfiction Text Features

Recommended Grades: 3-5th grade

Chimp Math: Learning about Time from a Baby Chimpanzee is the story of a chimpanzee (Jiggs) born in a zoo and abandoned by his mother.  Raised by humans, his young life is portrayed within the details of this book. The book is set up so that one can read the text on the right-hand pages and simply learn the story. The left-hand pages offer explanations of the time lines, charts, clocks, and calendars that were used to measure and record the chimp’s growth and development.

Lesson Idea: Read aloud this book or parts of this book.  Discuss with students how the text features enhances the text and also provides further understanding of Jigg’s story.  Download the Nonfiction Text Features Checklist.  Model for students how to locate various text features throughout the text. Model how to complete the checklist.  When students have had plenty of practice locating text features with you or a partner, have them use the checklist to locate features on their own.

Content Connections: Chimp Math: Learning about Time from a Baby Chimpanzee is a great content connector when you are teaching time.

©2010 by Dawn Little for Picture This! Teaching with Picture Books. All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.