Mentor Text Linky - Alphabet Books and New Curriculum
Elementary AMC June 23, 2013
I am linking up with the totally awesome ladies at Collaboration Cuties for their Must Read Mentor Text Linky
But before I share my book(s) suggestion I need to share something. I was in the staff room one day last week when my principal mentions in passing how the social studies curriculum is changing and hahaha people had just bought resources for the old topics and they were changing the topics we cover. She said this as if it was no big deal that the curriculum was changing and that NO ONE had told us!!!!!
So here is one of my current Grade 4 strands in the current curriculum (1000 years of history)
and here is the revised curriculum for next year (2013-2014)
Yes that's right, I will be covering 4500 YEARS!!!! Now I know that I will not be teaching everything about these CENTURIES but will be helping the students to make comparisons between peoples from this time around the world but it is still a lot of time to cover.
Okay, now that I have shared this crazy news here is my book suggestion.
What's that, you don't teach in Ontario. Well just find the book for your province or state.
Or if you are teaching about ancient civilizations (like I will be apparently) or any other period just find a book that matches your time/topic.
Why I like these books:
*they combine a little poetry verse and non-fiction facts
*they are GREAT models for creating class books or ABC projects
*they are a great source of information and are easy to read and discuss in small parts (like, let's say 26 parts!)
*students can be responsible for different pages - finding facts, adding facts, checking facts or whatever your smart brain comes up with as opposed to my waiting for summer brain
I was hoping to put together a clickable list of all the books for each province or state but I ran out of time (we went to visit my husband's family this weekend).So here is a link to the publisher's list of all their titles.