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Nancy's picks for the best non-fiction of summer 1998 and ideas for using them in the classroom. Compiled by Nancy Polette 1998.
Last updated: Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Barner, Bob. WHICH WAY TO THE REVOLUTION? Holiday House, 1998. GR 1-4
When Paul Revere isn’t sure which way to go, a band of mice help out. A different look at a famous ride with much information about maps.
Activity: While listening to the story, challenge students to create a map of Paul Revere’s ride.
 
Cobb, Vicki. DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME. Morrow, 1998. (Gr 4-6)
Science fun for kids on the go. Activities to try on playgrounds, beaches, malls, planes, ...almost anywhere.
 
Cole, Joanna. MARBLES: 101 WAYS TO PLAY. Morrow, 1998. (Gr 3-6)
Grab your shooter and get ready to knuckle down!
 
Dixon, Dougal. DOUGAL DIXON’S DINOSAURS. Boyds Mill Press, 1998.Gr 3-6
A full color collection with easy-to-read information.
Activity: Use this pattern to report on one dinosaur. Hey Kids, I have a ___________________
for sale. It’s a great thing to have around the house because it can_______________________
and ____________________ and ____________________ but the greatest thing about it is _______________________ .
 
Farrell, Jeanette. INVISIBLE ENEMIES: Stories of Infectious Disease. Farrar, 1998. GR 5-8
The story of seven microbes that altered human history: smallpox, leprosy, plague, tuberculosis, malaria, cholera and AIDS,
Activity: Debate: Suppose all disease were eradicated and people could live to be 150 years old or more. Is this a good thing or a bad thing?
 
Fleming, Candace. THE HATMAKER’S SIGN. A Story by Benjamin Franklin. (Gr 3-6)
A hatmaker tries to compose a perfect sign for his shop but each person he asks gives him different advice.
 
Harness, Cheryl. YOUNG TEDDY ROOSEVELT. National Geographic, 1998. (Gr 3-6)
The boyhood of our 26th president.
 
Howker, Janni. WALK WITH A WOLF. Illustrated by Sarah Fox Davies. Candlewick, 1998. Gr 2-6
Walk with a wolf in the frozen Arctic as she hunts alone, howls with her pack and greets her half-grown cubs. An account full of beauty and drama.
Activity: Report on a wolf using this pattern: If I were an Arctic Wolf (tell where), I would (tell what it does) and I’d ( tell what it does). I would pass ( name other Arctic animals) and Hide when ( name enemy) approaches But I would never ( tell what).
 
Isadora, Rachel. ISADORA DANCES. Viking, 1998. (Gr 2-4)
The life of Isadora Duncan one of the world’s most famous dancers.
 
Jenkins, Martin. CHAMELEONS ARE COOL. Illus. by Sue Shields. Candlewick, 1998. Gr 1-4
How could you possibly resist a pocket-sized, bad-tempered, color-changing, swivel-eyed, snail-paced, long-tongued sharpshooter?Activity: How many fun words can you use to describe a toad?
 
Joosse, Barbara. LEWIS & PAPA: Adventure on the Santa Fe Trail. Scholastic, 1998. (Gr 2-4)
Papa decides to seek the family’s fortune on the Santa Fe Trail and Lewis is thrilled that Papa feels he is grown-up enough to make the journey.
 
Jurmain, Suzanne. FREEDOM’S SONS: THE TRUE STORY OF THE AMISTAD MUTINY. Lothrop, 1998. (Gr 6-8)
The true story of the only successful slave revolt in American History when in 1839, fifty-three Africans aboard a Cuban slave ship broke their chains and took over the ship.
 
Kroll. Steven. THE BOSTON TEA PARTY. Holiday House, 1998. GR 3-6
The causes, planners, participants and results of this famous Tea Party beautifully illustrated.
Activity: Use this pattern to tell about the tea party: A ship is just a ship until it is the scene of the Boston Tea Party, then it becomes a _________________________. Tea is just tea until______________, then it becomes __________________. Add other statements.
 
Lankford, Mary. DOMINOES AROUND THE WORLD. Morrow, 1998. (Gr 3-6)
A collection of domino games and puzzles from many countries.
 
Lauber, Patricia. THE TRUE OR FALSE BOOK OF CATS. National Geographic, 1998. (Gr 2-4)
Well researched sections on cat history, cat science, cat legends, cat talk and cat mysteries.
 
Myers, Walter Dean. AMISTAD: A Long Road To Freedom. Dutton, 1997 GR 5-9
A slave revolt in 1839 aboard a ship brings the slaves to the United States where they are put on trial and defended by John Quincy Adams. Activity: Compare the book to the film.
 
Rogers, Sally. EARTHSONG. Illustrated by Melissa Mathis. Dutton, 1998. Gr K-3
Based on the popular song, "Over In the Endangered Meadow." Sing about endangered wildlife to foster awareness.
 
Yolen, Jane. WELCOME TO THE ICE HOUSE. Philomel, 1998. GR 1-3
Creatures in the frozen Arctic in winter and in spring including the fox, lemming, wolf, lynx, polar bear ,snowshoe hare, moose, walrus and killer whales.
Activity: Choose one animal for a mystery animal report. List six clues. Ask a classmate to give you a number between one and six. Read the clue for that number. The student can guess or pass. The game continues until the animal is guessed or all clues are read.
 
Yolen, Jane. THE ORIGINALS: ANIMALS THAT TIME FORGOT. Philomel, 1998. (GR 2-5)
Story poems about and illustrations of animals that over thousands of years have hardly changed.