Connecting Informational Children's Books with Content Area Learning / Edition 1

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With the demand on teachers to meet and exceed the content-area standards in their school districts, they need more opportunities to try new classroom techniques. Also, with the steady decline of reading ability in our youth, they need more opportunity to read in and out of school. This book aids both these issues by discussing in detail how childrenÕs trade books can be used to achieve national standards in the content areas (math, science, and social studies). KEY TOPICS: The authors begin with a concise discussion of the national standards and explain how they translate into usable teaching methods. This book is a valuable guide not only to understanding the standards, but to finding practical, innovative ways of achieving them through the use of informational books. Current and future teachers. A Longwood Professional Book.

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Shows how to get the most out of informational (nonfiction) children's books in K-6 classrooms and how to break down artificial barriers between content studies and grade-level reading. Explains the rationale for incorporating these books into content area learning and reviews research on children's literature in the classroom, the nature of expository text, and the use of information books in an integrated curriculum. Discusses new trends in math, science, and social studies teaching, and suggests a conceptual framework to support the information curriculum in a technological age. Links information books to writing across the curriculum, and describes specific ways to use these books in integrated themes of study, with sample lessons. Includes an annotated bibliography of children's books cited, and lists of books in six different categories. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205267538
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 7/31/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 174
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents


1.Why Use Informational Children's Books in Content Area Learning?

What We Know About Literature and Learning.

Expository Text.

Limitations of Content Area Texts.

The Integrated Curriculum.

2.Current Trends in Content Area Curriculum.

Science—Theoretical Underpinnings and Curriculum Innovations.

Mathematics — Teaching Standards and Current Theory.

Social Studies — Theory and Curriculum Standards.

Content Area Learning and Critical Thinking.


3.Developing an Information Curriculum.

Acquiring an Attitude for Inquiry.

Generating Questions to Explore.

Information-Gathering Strategies.

Problem-Solving Strategies.

Analyzing and Evaluating Information.

4.Informational Books and Content Area Writing.

Different Genres of Writing.

Different Formats for Sharing Information.

5.Informational Books in Integrated Themes of Study.

What Is An Integrated Theme?

To the Top of the World.

A House Divided: America's Civil War Period.




Children's Books Cited.

Appendix: Thematic Book Collections.

Discovering What Scientists Do and How They Do It.

How We Can Help Save the Environment.


The Lives of Children Across Time and Place.

All the Creatures of the World.

Seeing Yourself as a Writer and a Language User.


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