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Transcript of Informational Books
Books What are they? "Informational books are nonfiction and present current and accurate knowledge about something found in our universe." (Tunnel and Jacobs 168) Evaluation Criteria Science Hobbies, Crafts, & How-to Books Discoveries and How Things Work History
& Culture Finding good informational books - Attractive Design
- Compelling Details
- Little-known facts
- Fascinating Comparisons
- Unusual Subjects or Viewpoints
- Personalized Content
- New Perspective
- First-Person Accounts Samantha Johnson 1. All facts should be accurate
2. Stereotypes should be eliminated
3. Illustrations should clarify the text
4. Analytical thinking should be encouraged
5. Organization should aid understanding
6. The style should stimulate interest Spenser Robinson Haley O'Brien Chelsea Freitas The Ancient World
The Modern World Characteristics Nonfiction
Encourage children to develop critical reading and thinking skills
Authors cite accurate information Parts of an Informational Book Table of contents
Further reading Help children visualize the past and learn about the present Author: Elizabeth Mann Answer questions about past discoveries o how machines work Mann began her career by writing the children’s book, “The Brooklyn Bridge.” After publishing her first book, she decided to create a series about the wonders of the world. - Goal of creating nonfiction books with a story that readers can relate to
- She has her children edit her books! Step-by-step directions, provide guidelines for choosing equipment Value How to Bring Informational Books into the Classroom Questions? Comments? Thoughts? Informational books about history & culture can cite data from:
- research studies
- quoting authorities
- authentic photographs
- original source material Help students:
- place historical significance
- reflect and understand
- gain knowledge of current events Author: Robert Burleigh born and raised in Chicago
published since early 1990's "My books - including numerous unpublished ones! - run a broad gamut, from stories geared for pre-schoolers to survival stories and biographies aimed at seven to eleven-year-olds. My work is wide-ranging because, basically, I'm a generalist by experience - and inclination!" space
machines "What You Need"
"What You Do"
"What Just Happened" Question
"Let's Find Out"
"Here's What You Will Need"
"Here's What to Do" Pay attention to copyright dates! diagrams
interactive Older elementary school students
find value in books about their interests and hobbies
These help develop an appreciation
How-to books should have clear
directions for projects that are able to be accomplished by the reader Author: Colleen Carroll Fact or
Fiction? Carroll didn't intend to be an author; she studied art
Became a teacher and realized her students did not have any visual art instruction
Frustrated with the lack of books about art for children, she set out to write her own Teaches children about many different topics and engages them in their learning and environment encourages experiments Nature (observe nature and EXPERIMENT)
The Human Body (encourages kids to understand their own bodies
Animals (explore the life cycles of animals)
Plants (consider the impact of endangered species)
Geology (understand the balance of all ecosystems
Geography (explore!) What it needs:
closeup photography and illustrations
maps (habitats, migrating patterns)
activities and experiments
index and additional readings To go from unknown to known Good Science books should develop
"an attitude toward the world-curious,
skeptical, undogmatic, forward-looking trade books rather than text books
learn to use table of contents, index, and glossary
learn how to make own discoveries and locate other resources
force comprehension by focus on facts rather than "make believe"
teaches children to note main ideas and supporting details
learning scientific method to evaluate scientific materials
develop themes which stimulate independent thought and debate
students develop skills to determine if ideas are supported by the facts gaining knowledge
provide opportunities for students to experience the delight of new discoveries
improve reading skills
encourage critical reading and thinking skills
expand vocabulary by introducing technical terms
discover importance of reading for meaning
helps children learn to read for enjoyment by pursuing knowledge in their areas of interest Joanna Cole loved science as a child.
She worked as an elementary school teacher, librarian and a children's book editor/writer.
First book was called Cockroaches
More than 90 nonfiction and fiction books for kids. For Magic School Bus series she combines her two favorite things, science and humor! Joanna Cole