Well, I am officially back for Book Talk Thursday again this week! Last week's freak storm knocked out my power on Wednesday when I was going to write it, and then Thursday was soccer, soccer, soccer!
I promised two books, so two books you will get!
This week, I am going to focus on how you can pair fiction with nonfiction to help with math or science lessons. I chose two books to use when studying animals and adaptations.
I will start with The Grouchy Ladybug.
Not only does the book show the size of the animals, but it also shows time and adaptations. This makes a fun book to read to young children (or even older children) to help them better understand many things about animals. First, it shows how ladybugs help our plants by eating aphids, which destroy plants. It also shows various animals' adaptations (stingers, stinkers, teeth, claws, etc.). This could lead to discussion of how animals protect themselves from danger. Plus, it also helps to tell time, something all students could use some extra help with.
Pair this book with Biggest, Strongest, Fastest by Steve Jenkins. Jenkins shows the animals as the world's record holders for various different categories.
This book is also a great book to help with superlative adjectives. Students could find out more about animals that have other qualities or even for other topics, like machines and plants.
Using both of these books together will help students gain a better understanding of animals and their various adaptations. In the classroom, you could use these books in many different ways. I love to use books with many purposes!
How do you pair fiction and nonfiction to help with various concepts students need to understand?