I’m linking up this Sunday morning with those cutie patooties!! The book I’m sharing today might give you the heebie-jeebies, but the kids LOOOOOVE it!! This was one of my fabulous purchases from Dodge at the Summer Literacy Institute this past week. It’s called, Animals Nobody Loves, by Seymour Simon.
The cover alone is enough to send some running! 😛 This is a great non-fiction book on animals, of course, but this book is the PERFECT book to use for modeling close reading. The book has 26 different pages/animals, each with its own short passage. Seymour Simon reveals the truth about nature’s most misunderstood animals and lets the reader decide what to really think about natures grossest, fiercest, and most fascinating survivors. (Amazon description)
Seymour Simon does an excellent job describing each animal in an engaging way. It’s really a great book to show how to make their non-fiction writing more interesting (because we know those can sometimes be the students’ most BORING pieces of writing…) while still maintaining the truth.
One thing I like to do with this book is show the students one of the pictures FIRST. They work with a partner to decide what vocabulary words they are sure they will hear on that page. As we read, they check off words on their list that were in the text, and add other important words. Then, they use these words to help summarize what we’ve read. It really works wonderfully because it keeps them from just “using” a sentence or two from the book, and it holds them accountable to using that important vocabulary!
Even though we don’t start our animals unit usually until the last quarter, I’m going to use this book in the beginning of the year to model close reading (as I mentioned above). This book will keep them engaged while we are learning such an intense strategy. Here is an example student page for the passage about the octopus:
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The students would use a photo-copy of the page in the book that I provide them to annotate… I want them to give the evidence in the text of course to answer these questions.
I hope this gives you some ideas to use with a GREAT Science Mentor Text! I can’t wait to see everyone else’s link-ups! Make sure to go check out the others, too!