1999 Spring Non-Fiction


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Nancy's picks for the best non-fiction of Spring 1999 and ideas for using them in the classroom. Compiled by Nancy Polette 1999.
Last updated: Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Cobb, Vicki and Darling, Kathy. You Gotta Try This! Absolutely Irresistible Science. Morrow, 1999.
Find out how to turn a TV set into a copier machine...burn a candle underwater...turn a grape into a fireworks display...and forty seven other safe hands-on experiments.
Cole, Joanna and Stephanie Calmenson. Fun On the Run: Travel Games and Songs. Morrow, 1999. K-3
Games, songs, jokes and riddle perfect for use in a car, plane, train or boat. Many word games would be useful in the primary classroom. Activity: A recess game: How may things cam teams spot around the school or on the playground that begin with the letter G?
George, Lindsay Barrett. Around the World, Who's Been Here? Greenwillow, 1999 Gr K-3
Clues that tell what bird or animal has been in a particular place.
Gerrard, Roy. Sir Francis Drake: His Daring Deeds. Paperback reissue. Farrar, 1999
The adventures of this famous seaman told in verse. Activity: Create a limerick about Sir /Francis Drake. Begin with : "A seaman he was sure enough...."
Giblin, James Cross. The Mystery of the Mammoth Bones and How It Was Solved. HarperCollins, 1999. (Gr 3-6)
In 1801 giant bones were found on a farm in New York. No one knew what they were until Charles Willson Peale assembled them into the first mastodon skeleton and changed the face of science forever.Activity: Find out more about Dr. Peale and his work. Create a bio poem about him giving: Name, Four traits, Related to, Cared deeply about, Who felt. Who needed, Who feared, Who gave, Who wanted to see, Resident of...
Rockwell, Lizzy. Good Enough to Eat. HarperCollins, 1999 (K-3)
A kids guide to food and nutrition designed to satisfy kids love of food and their curiosity about how their bodies work.Activity: List all the foods children can recall that are connected with Mother Goose characters. Classify as healthful or not healthful.
Simon, Seymour. Tornadoes. Morrow, 1999 Gr 2-6)
The author explains how tornadoes are formed, why and how they are most likely to occur, how scientists track them and what to do if one touches down. Activity: Create similes using these beginnings: The yellow sky, the whistling wind, the dusty gray funnel, the bright lightning, the black clouds.
Swinburne, Steve. Guess Whose Shadow? Boyds Mill, 1999. PreK-2
Children are introduced to the basics of shadows then are lead on a shadow hunt playing a game called "Guess Whose Shadow?" Activity: Continue the game by cutting out shapes and showing them as a shadow play.