Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis


Bibliographic Information:  Written and Illustrated by:  Gail Gibbons, Published by:  Holiday House, 2009, 32pp.tornadoes

Reading Level:  NC 970 L (Non-Conforming)

Synopsis:  This informational text teaches students all about tornadoes.  This text tells students the meaning of the word tornado, a very detailed explanation of how tornadoes are formed, how tornadoes are measured (taken from the Fujita Tornado Scale), and the damage that tornadoes can cause.  This book has also has very detailed pictures that help the reader understand the context in the book.

Rationale for Use:  This book would be an excellent resource to use when teaching weather.  This book could also be integrated into Social Studies if a teacher was teaching current events after recent storms that occurred that had tornadoes.  Also, this book has several different types of text features that could be taught.

Common Core Connection:  This book could be used to meet Common Core Standards by having students identify text features.  Students could also ask and answer questions about tornadoes to show their understanding of the text.


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This entry was posted on June 19, 2013 by in Informational Texts and tagged , , , .

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