Good morning, Readers!
I just got home from an amazing week in New York at Teachers College (see last Monday’s post for details). I did a lot of reading related to my class work, but as I thought about the week, I realized that I did a lot of reading exploring the city, too. I bet it won’t surprise you at all that approximately 95% of my reading was informational text to help me navigate and learn about New York.
Subway maps and schedules:
Map of Teachers College to find various classrooms:
The Playbill at Wicked:
Twitter (I know my students are shocked by this):
I also read restaurant menus, the schedule for the Circle Line, taxi fares and rules, information at the 9/11 Memorial, and much more.
All of this informational reading made me want to take another look at some non-fiction books today. I do tend to gravitate toward fiction reading most often, but we read so much information every day that this genre should definitely not be overlooked.
Today I read:
Who Would Win? Tarantula vs. Scorpion by Jerry Palotta
At the International Reading Association convention this year, author Jerry Palotta was kind enough to sign some of the books in his Who Would Win? series for my classroom. My second graders LOVED reading them and discussing which animal would win, if they were to fight each other.
I admit that I never picked up one of these books to read myself until today. Wow! What a great series! Side-by-side pages compare the two creatures’ anatomy, habitat, weapons, and hunting style. At the end of the book the creatures battle and one of them wins; however, the author explains that this scenario is just one way the fight could have ended. he broaches the question, “How would you write the ending?” encouraging readers to think and talk about alternate endings. Now I understand why these books were so popular in my classroom this year!
I’m also reading:
This series of alphabet books (there’s one for every state!) does something I love: combine information with poetry. Each page contains a beautiful illustration and a verse explaining the letter:
B is for the Brooklyn Bridge
Opened in 1883
The world’s first steel suspension bridge
Is still a thrill to see
(from E is for Empire: A New York State Alphabet by Ann E. Burg)
On the sides of each page, the author tells information about the landmark, place, person, animal, or historical event depicted in the illustration. Fun and informative, these alphabet books definitely deserve a read.
What are you reading today?