Hello fellow BOOK LOVERS! I'm linking up with Stacia and Amanda from Collaboration Cuties to share some great SCIENCE MENTOR TEXTS WITH YOU! Click on the link below to find a list of other mentor texts that have been posted today! Don't you just love a good list of books to add to your library?
Several weeks ago, my school had the honor of a visit from Jerry Pallotta! He got the kids very excited about several different types of books, but one particular series really got their attention!
Each book in his WHO WOULD WIN series sets the stage for a battle between 2 particular animals. He hooked our kiddos by asking, "Who Would Win if _______________ were to battle?" and plugged in the names of some local rival sports teams. :) Believe me...they jumped right into the arms of that conversation! ;)
The books compare and contrast different physical and mental strengths and weaknesses of 2 particular animals. At the end of each book, Mr. Pallotta predicts who would win based on the traits of the animals studied. He spent time explaining the process he goes through to research and find facts for his books. He even shared some drafts of different books that he has written, and talked about the importance of the writing process! I was very impressed with what he shared with our students.
Seeing their excitement, of course I had to buy several of these books, and of course I had to ask for autographs in each! ;) He's a great guy!
I kept them on the ledge of my board for several days and let them beg to read them...to build up their excitement, of course! :) The following week the books showed up in an Informational Text Station where my kiddos had to read the books and do a bit of research on each type of animal in their chosen book to complete a Venn Diagram about the animals. They then used their diagram to write a 4 paragraph essay with an introduction, a paragraph about their similarities, a paragraph about their differences, and a conclusion where they shared the winner of the battle with their readers! They had a ball and when kids (and adults) enjoy their work...THE WORK ALWAYS SHOWS IT! I wish I had some to share with you, but it's Sunday, and I don't have their notebooks on Sunday. ;)
Click over to Collaboration Cuties to read about other great mentor texts and link up with one of your own! =)
Have a great Sunday!
Have a great Sunday!