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Nancy's picks for the best non-fiction of Spring 2000 and ideas for using them in the classroom. Compiled by Nancy Polette 2000.
Last updated: Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Agee, John. Elvis Lives and Other Anagrams. Farrar 2000
The author creates new words and phrases by jumbling the letters.
Dyson, Marianne J. Space Station Science. Scholastic, 1999. Gr 3-6
An explanation of all the systems needed to keep the International Space Station up and running, including how simple tasks are changed in free fall. Details are included on space experiments, space travel and space stations of the future. Excellent photographs.
Dewey, Jennifer O. Rattlesnake Dance. Boyds Mill, 2000. Gr 3-6
A collection of true tales, mysteries and rattlesnake ceremonies that will fascinate young snake lovers.
Lessem, Don. Dinosaurs to Dodos. Illus by Jan Sovak. Scholastic, 1999
An encyclopedia of extinct animals including causes of their extinction and the modern discoveries that are now revealing their lost worlds.
Holzer, Harold. Editor. Abraham Lincoln, The Writer. Boyds Mill, 2000 Gr 4-8
Through his speeches and letters the reader can follow Lincoln's transformation from country lawyer to President of the United States. An excellent glimpse of this great man shown through the magic of his words.
Jessel, Camilla. Ballet School. Viking, 2000 Gr 3-8
A fascinating look at the development of young dancers in both pictures and text. The hard work, discipline, disappointments and triumphs are graphically portrayed.
Jeppson, Ann-Sofie. Here Comes Pontus! Illus by Cararina Kruusval. R & S Books, 2000
As a young colt goes to live on a farm with a human family readers learn about feeding, equipment and care of horses. An excellent introduction for young horse lovers.
Ledwon, Peter and Marilyn Mets. Midnight Math. Holiday House, 2000 Gr 1-4
Animals have fun with twelve terrific math games shown in comic book style with step-by-step directions. Good for improving skills in addition, subtraction and multiplication.
McKissack, Patricia and Fredrick. Black Hands, White Sails. Scholastic, 1999. Gr 4-8
The dramatic story of the role of African Americans in the East Coast whaling industry which details complete voyages of whaling ships, from signing on at the docks, to the hunt, to the return home.
Meltzer, Milton. Witches and Witch-hunts. Blue Sky Press, 2000. Gr 5-8
Witch hunts throughout history are described from 15th century France to Salem, Massachusetts, from Adolph Hitler to Joseph McCarthy, including the devastating effects on the societies in which they took place.
Myers, Jack. What Happened to the Mammoths? Ilus by John Rice. Boyds Mill, 2000
These twelve explorations into the animal world answer a host of questions. Why do cats purr? How does a homing pigeon find its way home? How can a seal stay underwater for more than an hour? How do you give a falcon a vision test? Full color illustrations help the reader in this discovery adventure.
Rappaport, Doreen and Lyndall Callan. Dirt On Their Skirts. Ilus by E. B. Lewis. Dial, 2000 Gr 3-6
The story of the young women who won the Baseball World Championship.in 1946. Based on written accounts and the memories of the players themselves.
Dope, Sam. Gotta Go! Gotta Go! Illus. by Sue Riddle. Farrar, 2000 Gr 2-4
A bug know that she's gotta go to Mexico and makes the impossible journey as the Monarch butterflies do each year when they migrate from Canada to the mountains of Mexico.