As students began to learn the different types of nonfiction books, in LMC we provided good examples of reference, literary and biography nonfiction for students to peruse, sort and checkout. Students were also asked to compare two nonfiction books on a similar subject to determine how each author chose to provide the information and think about which type of book they would prefer to use for research. The two books were The Wolves are Back by Jean Craighead George, an example of literary nonfiction, which was read to the class and What if there were No Gray Wolves by Suzanne Slade, an example of reference nonfiction which students read individually through the Destiny ebook catalogue. They completed a Google document, "Comparing Two Texts" and wrote about which style they preferred and why.
Fourth graders study our Native American heritage populations by examining how they used their environment in different regions of the United States. Students learn the impact environment had on a tribe's food, clothing and housing. Students recorded information for four tribe's in four regions of the U.S. on a shared Google document, creating a study guide that was used by the whole class as they next choose a region to move their tribe to. Using their knowledge students must determine the skills they will need to survive in the environment of the new region.
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I am the Library Media Center director at Patton School in Arlington Heights where I help students from kindergarten through 5th grade find terrific independent reading for enjoyment and information, and teach students the skills to use information and technology safely and productively and to connect, communicate and share with others. I have four grown children, a large black dog, (flat coat retriever) and a small striped cat. I am an obessive Chicago Cubs fan and I love to run.