This is the best part of my blog where I can tell you about the books I like, and would recommend. My final practicum is with a fantastic teacher who teaches her Ks' and grade ones with literature. She incorporates literature into every subject. In the last 3 weeks I have learned so much more about literature and about books in particular through my observations of her class. Here are the books I think could be integrated into several core subjects. Enjoy!
Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema is a truly wonderful story that will spark discussions in weather patterns, droughts, and culture. It can be used in science, socials, and language arts as it has a wonderful rhyme and pattern to it. This book has been read on the Reading Rainbow and is a truly wonderful multicultural book. This book is for children ages 4 -8.
Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully is about a young girl who lives in Paris and who meets a famous high wire walker, the great Bellini. Unfortunately Bellini has lost his nerve and Mirette saves the day by helping him through his problem. I think this story is great because it shows a girl as a heroine for a change instead of a boy. This book can spark discussions about jugglers, mimes, and acrobats, and what people did for entertainment in the 19th century before TV. This book is suitable for ages 4-8
The Wartville Wizard by Don Madden is another very interesting story about how one man fights pollution in his town of Wartville. This book can be used in science, and can spark a recycling project. It can also be used to begin discussions about trash and how to keep our earth clean. This book is for children aged 5-9
Now for something a little different, I offer you the Tom Corbett series of space cadet books by Carey Rockwell. These are great books for older readers in the intermediate grades. I used to read these science fiction books when I was about 10 or 11, and had to sneak them out of my brother's room as they were his, and he would not have liked it if he knew. These stories lead you into the lives of Tom Corbett and his two buddies who travel through intergalactic space on their numerous adventures. Although these books are quite dated, I believe they would still make a great contribution to your classroom library. I know I will buy them now that I know Amazon books has them.
I hope you have enjoyed reading this bibliography as much as I enjoyed putting it together. If you are wondering how my teacher teaches about author schema's and forshadowing to her Ks' and ones, she uses a book called Mosaic ofThought which discusses about 8 different strategies to teach children how to comprehend what they are reading. I found a copy at Books and Company, it is not cheap but well worth it. My school has recently recieved an award from the Ministry of Education because of the strategies in this book that the whole school uses. All I can say is try it, what have you got to loose?