A Picture Book of Christopher Columbus by David Adler

Theme: Nonfiction Read Alouds

Strategy: Making Connections

Recommended Grades: 2nd -4th grade

A Picture Book of Christopher Columbus (Picture Book Biography) is a brief account of the life and accomplishments of Christopher Columbus.  It may be a bit primary for upper elementary students to read independently, but the information can be used to supplement a unit on Explorers or Native Americans.

Lesson Idea: Tie this biography into a unit about Explorers or Native Americans.  Consider using other biographies, journals, or letters related to Christopher Columbus and his explorations. Download a Making the Connection graphic organizer and after students have background knowledge about these topics, model how to make connections to themselves, between other texts, and/or the world.

Content Connections: A Picture Book of Christopher Columbus (Picture Book Biography) is a great book to connect to social studies units about Explorers or Native Americans.

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The Very First Americans by Cara Ashrose

Theme: Nonfiction Read Alouds

Strategy: Activating Prior Knowledge

Recommended Grades: 3-6th grade

The Very First Americans is a great book to showcase the differences between the different Native American tribes of North America.  A great resource to compare tribes; specifically their homes, art, clothing, and tools.

Lesson Idea: Prior to reading aloud this text or parts of it, ask students what they already know about Native Americans in general.  List responses on chart paper.  Then, pass out one sticky note to each student.  Ask students to write a question they still have about the topic on the sticky note.  Download a Sticky Questions graphic organizer.  Create a classroom size copy of the organizer to use when modeling this lesson.  Have students sort the questions based on common themes that arise and label the themes on the graphic organizer.  Think aloud while reading aloud the book to students.  As you locate answers to student questions, note them in the Discoveries column of the organizer.  After using the graphic organizer in whole class and guided reading sessions, provide opportunities for students to use it to activate prior knowledge independently.

Content Connections: The Very First Americans is a great book to connect to social studies units about Native Americans.

©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.