||Nancy's picks for the best non-fiction of summer
1998 and ideas for using them in the classroom. Compiled
by Nancy Polette © 1998.
Tuesday, February 19, 2002
- Barner, Bob.
WHICH WAY TO THE REVOLUTION? Holiday House, 1998. GR 1-4
- When Paul Revere
isnt sure which way to go, a band
of mice help out. A different look at a
famous ride with much information about
- Activity: While listening
to the story, challenge students to
create a map of Paul Reveres ride.
- Cobb, Vicki. DONT
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
- Cole, Joanna. MARBLES:
101 WAYS TO PLAY. Morrow, 1998. (Gr 3-6)
- Grab your shooter and get
ready to knuckle down!
- Dixon, Dougal. DOUGAL
DIXONS 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. Its 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
HATMAKERS SIGN. A Story by Benjamin Franklin.
- A hatmaker tries to
compose a perfect sign for his shop but
each person he asks gives him different
- Harness, Cheryl. YOUNG
TEDDY ROOSEVELT. National Geographic, 1998. (Gr
- The boyhood of our 26th
- 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
- Activity: Report on a wolf
using this pattern: If I were an Arctic
Wolf (tell where), I would (tell what it
does) and Id ( 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
Viking, 1998. (Gr 2-4)
- The life of Isadora Duncan
one of the worlds most famous
- 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
- Joosse, Barbara. LEWIS
& PAPA: Adventure on the Santa Fe
Scholastic, 1998. (Gr 2-4)
- Papa decides to seek the
familys fortune on the Santa Fe
Trail and Lewis is thrilled that Papa
feels he is grown-up enough to make the
- Jurmain, Suzanne. FREEDOMS
SONS: THE TRUE STORY OF THE AMISTAD
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
- 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
- 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.