||Nancy's picks for the best non-fiction of Spring
1999 and ideas for using them in the classroom. Compiled
by Nancy Polette © 1999.
- Last updated: Tuesday, February 19, 2002
- Cobb, Vicki and Darling,
Kathy. You Gotta Try This!
Absolutely Irresistible Science. Morrow, 1999.
- Find out how to turn a TV
set into a copier machine...burn a candle
underwater...turn a grape into a
fireworks display...and forty seven other
safe hands-on experiments.
- Cole, Joanna and Stephanie
Calmenson. Fun On the Run: Travel
Games and Songs. Morrow, 1999. K-3
- Games, songs, jokes and
riddle perfect for use in a car, plane,
train or boat. Many word games would be
useful in the primary classroom.
Activity: A recess game: How may things
cam teams spot around the school or on
the playground that begin with the letter
- George, Lindsay Barrett. Around
the World, Who's Been Here? Greenwillow, 1999 Gr K-3
- Clues that tell what bird
or animal has been in a particular place.
- Gerrard, Roy. Sir
Francis Drake: His Daring Deeds. Paperback reissue. Farrar, 1999
- The adventures of this
famous seaman told in verse. Activity:
Create a limerick about Sir /Francis
Drake. Begin with : "A seaman he was
- Giblin, James Cross. The
Mystery of the Mammoth Bones and How It
HarperCollins, 1999. (Gr 3-6)
- In 1801 giant bones were
found on a farm in New York. No one knew
what they were until Charles Willson
Peale assembled them into the first
mastodon skeleton and changed the face of
science forever.Activity: Find out more
about Dr. Peale and his work. Create a
bio poem about him giving: Name, Four
traits, Related to, Cared deeply about,
Who felt. Who needed, Who feared, Who
gave, Who wanted to see, Resident of...
- Rockwell, Lizzy. Good
Enough to Eat. HarperCollins, 1999 (K-3)
- A kids guide to food and
nutrition designed to satisfy kids love
of food and their curiosity about how
their bodies work.Activity: List all the
foods children can recall that are
connected with Mother Goose characters.
Classify as healthful or not healthful.
- Simon, Seymour. Tornadoes. Morrow, 1999 Gr 2-6)
- The author explains how
tornadoes are formed, why and how they
are most likely to occur, how scientists
track them and what to do if one touches
down. Activity: Create similes using
these beginnings: The yellow sky, the
whistling wind, the dusty gray funnel,
the bright lightning, the black clouds.
- Swinburne, Steve. Guess
Whose Shadow? Boyds Mill, 1999. PreK-2
- Children are introduced to
the basics of shadows then are lead on a
shadow hunt playing a game called
"Guess Whose Shadow?" Activity:
Continue the game by cutting out shapes
and showing them as a shadow play.