Featured Book: August 9, 2015

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"Rosie Sprouts Time to Shine" Book Cover
Author: Allison Wortche
Illustrator: Patrice Barton

Book Summary: “Rosie’s rival, Violet, outdoes her in everything until the class plants seeds for a unit on gardening.”

This story brought me back to my teaching days of working to establish a positive and collaborative learning environment, and it brought me back to my student days of wanting to be noticed and praised. This story also tells the tale of so many elementary science experiences of growing your own plant and the excitement that it brings. Allison Wortche does a clever job of telling Rosie’s tale while incorporating scientific concepts and skills.

Science Topics

  • Plants
  • How to grow a plant
  • What a plant needs
  • Gardening
  • Plant vocabulary
  • Science notebook/lists

Literacy Connections

  • Evidence based writing
  • Creating charts
  • Creating supporting illustrators
  • Science notebooks
  • Lists
  • Communicating findings

Sociocultural Connections

  • The role of competition
  • Classroom environment
  • Noticing and praising each and every student

Featured Book

"When the Wind Blows" Book Cover
Author: Linda Booth Sweeney; Illustrator: Jana Christy

Book Summary: “A boy has fun outside with his family as a storm approaches and inside when the rain arrives.”

This picture book focuses on the many effects of wind, as told by a young boy as he explores and interacts with those affects with his mom and family. The way it is written, simple two-word sentences, noun-verb combinations, really enhances the flowing visual to capture “wind”. I also really love how the book focuses on these explorations and interactions through the relationship of a boy and his mother.

Science Topics

  • Weather
  • Impacts of Weather
  • Observation
  • Wind
  • Cause and Effect
  • Storms
  • Aspects of Forces & Motion

Literacy Connections

  • Description
  • Onomatopoeia
  • Parts of Speech
  • Sequence of Events (story starts in the morning, ends at night)

*Note: This book would make a great lead into students writting their own stories/descriptions.

Sociocultural Connections

  • Relationship between a mom and her son and the adventures they have interacting and observing wind. There is also aspects of family exploration, but the focus is more on this one relationship. There are also connections to feeling wind, rather than just observing wind.