Book reviews and classroom connections coming on these books! So excited to see this multicultural posting!
Getting them reserved now through my local library.
I am happy to see two of my already featured books on the list!
New Books Added to the list! 🙂
I should first say that I love the variations of the Cinderella tale. Each time I see a new one my smile widens! 🙂 This story got a smile and a mouth-open look of happy shock, since it featured a science story. The main character of this story, a red-haired young engineer, uses her tools, to make it to The Prince’s Royal Space Parade, and when it is time to go leaves…well, I don’t want to give it away. 🙂
With lots of different twists and turns from the classic tale, you will have a great literacy based discussion with your students, and many scientific ones, as she problem-solves, supports others, and stays true to herself. After a story like this one, your students will be ready for their own science challenge, and also a great story-telling opportunity to accompany it.
One of the aspects that I enjoy about this story is that it starts with a boy and his dad walking together, sharing time. I also enjoy how that time gets connected to the school, bridging the home-to-school connection through the eyes of the main character, a young kindergartener. This young kindergartener is able to connect his walk with dad to the special package his teacher receives, especially when she announces, “You are all butterfly scientists now”. The story continues by sharing the science practices the students engage in, as they engage in the stages of the life cycle.
This story would be a great addition to a classroom studying the butterfly life cycle, or a classroom studying the life cycle of another insect, to be used as a compare and contrast discussion.
Such a cute story where the tools are the main characters! I can just picture the PreK-1st grade students really loving this story’s cartoon-like illustrations, while raising their hands to tell you which ones they have seen at their house. 🙂 Using a combination of onomatopoeia and figurative language, this book would really excel as a read aloud, so the facilitator can seize those language based and science based teachable moments. This story would also connect well with student story telling, students sharing their unique background knowledge, and students using their knowledges in the classroom for a STEM lesson partnered with oral language and writing development.
I don’t know about you, but when I think of spring, I think of everything waking up, stretching their wings/branches/legs, and taking a deep, deep inhale. This book mirrors those same feelings in words and in illustrations, and takes in a whole community feel to be inclusive of the whole environment and its inhabitants. I once worked with a group of pre-service teachers and we led them into a “How do you know it is spring” inquiry lesson. Something they could implement with their students. This book would be a great addition to that unit. At first I was thinking, especially for those that live where these country spaces were near, but really for everyone, because that would also create a rich discussion.