Tips, Titles and Tools for Teachers
Nonfiction Resources for Encouraging Students to Wonder!
This week I collected nonfiction book recommendations and digital resources that inspire students to read and view with curiosity! Our students are naturally inquisitive and full of wonders! My hope is that you can use some of the resources in this week's newsletters to cultivate your students' curiosity!
Don't forget that World Read Aloud Day is Wednesday! Some fun ways to participate are to invite a guest reader to your classroom or to share more read alouds with your students throughout the day. It might be a fun day for a classroom Read In! Have fun and enjoy the week!
As always, let me know how I can help support you!
Happy Reading (and Viewing),
Are You Using Wonderopolis?
Wonderopolis is the perfect site to cultivate curiosity! You can search for wonders that connect to your content units, but it is also beneficial for students to have time to explore wonders that interest them. You can add the site to your iPads at a center or allow students to read from the site at independent reading time!
An Educator's Guide to Using Wonderopolis - Excellent ideas for using Wonderopolis in the classroom! Check it out!
Ideas for using Wonderopolis in the primary grades from Matt Gomez
Wonder Wednesdays from Tara Smith
Recommendations for Nonfiction Read Alouds
Book Recommendations for Nonfiction Picture Books
Check out these blog posts for some excellent nonfiction picture book recommendations!
Nonfiction Books for Primary Teachers from Michele Knott
Nonfiction Books as Mentor Texts for Writing (with traits listed!) from Marcy Flinchum Atkins
10 Incredible Nonfiction Authors to Include in Your Classroom Library from Cathy Mere
Mentor Texts for Nonfiction Writers from Cathy Mere
Nonfiction Books that Inspire Change from Clare and Tammy
Weird Animals Students Will Love from Jess Keating
Nonfiction Materials for Animal Studies
Topics Included Are:
Keep Wild Animals Wild
Cats, Dogs and Us
Elephants, Never Forget
Born to Be Wild
For each topic, you will find:
K-2 Lesson Plan
3-5 Lesson Plan
You could use these for Close Viewing by asking student to share:
What do I NOTICE?
What do I WONDER?
Kristin Ziemke uses video clips to have students "View to Learn". For more ideas check out her new book, Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom!