Teacher’s Curriculum GuideFor Use with Common Core State Standards
This guide presents strategies for engaging readers before, during, and after reading Chin’s books. It also provides an extension strategy to further students’ understanding and enjoyment of the books.
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What keeps objects from floating out of your hand?
What if your feet drifted away from the ground?
What stops everything from floating into space?
As in his previous books, Redwoods, Coral Reefs, and Island, Jason Chin has taken a complex subject and made it brilliantly accessible to young readers in this unusual, … continue reading
During an ordinary visit to the library, a girl pulls a not-so-ordinary book from the shelves. As she turns the pages in this book about coral reefs, the city around her slips away and she finds herself surrounded by the coral cities of the sea and the mysterious plants and animals that live, hunt, and hide there. … continue reading
The Arctic might be a bit too chilly for you or me to live there, but it is the perfect home for polar bears. The fur between the pads of their paws keeps them from slipping on the ice. Their skin and blubber are like a warm blanket. But the earth is getting warmer and the ice is melting. Where will the polar bears live? How can we help protect their home? Read and find out! … continue reading
An ordinary train ride becomes and extraordinary trip to the great ancient forests.
A subway trip is transformed when a young boy happens upon a book about redwood forests. As he reads the information unfolds, and with each new bit of knowledge, he travels–all the way to California to climb into the redwood canopy. … continue reading
Explosions…Shock waves…Tsunamis…The almighty explosion that destroyed the volcano island of Krakatoa was followed by an immense tsunami that killed more than thirty thousand people. The effects of the waves were felt as far away as France, and bodies were washed up in Zanzibar. … continue reading
The Master Spy Handbook: Help Our Intrepid Hero Use Gadgets, Codes & Top-Secret Tactics to Save the World from Evil Doers
The huge success of Spy Kids and other similar movies makes it clear: children love watching young agents who are smart enough and tough enough to beat the bad guys—and they fantasize about doing it themselves. That’s why they’ll be thrilled to hear about Agent O, the world’s most top-secret secret agent. No one knows Agent O’s true identity—especially that O is still a kid! … continue reading
Chinese New Year begins each January or February on the first day of the new year in China’s traditional calendar. This 15-day celebration is the most important holiday in Chinese communities all over the world. The celebration includes fireworks, costumes, dancers, parades, gifts of “lucky money”, family gatherings and feasting, and the Festival of Lanterns. … continue reading
The Master Detective Handbook: Help Our Detectives Use Gadgets & Super Sleuthing Skills to Solve the Mystery & Catch the Crooks
What does it take to solve a crime? Inquiring kids want to know, so the super-sleuths at the Pinkerton Detective Agency have invited detectives-in-training to join them in unraveling a mystery. Along with the great story comes plenty of interesting projects, activities, and tasks. Imaginative watercolor illustrations feature visual clues just waiting … continue reading