It’s Top Ten Tuesday! This week, I’m featuring my favorite Nonfiction “Connect” books!
When practicing “making connections” with your primary students, try alternating between fiction and nonfiction books so your students learn that we can connect to both stories and information. When reading stories – we can make connections to characters, feelings and events; when reading information, we can make connections to background knowledge and experiences.
Try using the “KNEW-NEW” connection after reading a nonfiction book to your class – “What was one fact from this book you already KNEW and one fact that was NEW information?” Kids love the “KNEW-NEW”!
Here are my top 10 Nonfiction “CONNECT” books for Primary students…
- The Handiest Things In the World – Andrew Clement
Connections to all the things our hands can do.
2. With A Friend By Your Side – Barbara Kerley
Connections to the value of friendships all around the world.
3 Families Around the World – Margriet Ruurs
Connections to families and cultures.
3. You and Me Together: Mom, Dads, Kids Around the World – Barbara Kerley
Connections to the strong bond between parent and child. Stunning photographs!
4. I, Fly: the Buzz About Flies and How Awesome They Are – Bridget Haos
Connections to fly facts.
6. Senses at the Seashore – Shelley Rotner
Connections to the sounds, smells and sights of the beach.
7. What in the World? Numbers in Nature – Nancy Raines Day
Connections to sets of numbers in the nature.
8. Where Does Kitty Go in the Rain? – Harriet Ziefert
Connections to rain facts.
9. Water Is Water – Miranda Paul
Connections to the journey of water.
10. Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt – Kate Messner
Connections to the hidden wonders in the garden.
What are your favorite Non-fiction books to teach and practice making connections?