Teacher’s Lounge

There are teacher’s guides that can help you use Guardians of Ga’Hoole and Wolves of the Beyond in the classroom or for home schooling! Check the links at the bottom of this page.

The Common Core is hot right now. I have some ideas for you about how to use my books!

How about pairing a lively non-fiction book about spider research with a funny very fictional account of a family of venomous spiders?

Let the kids compare and discuss.

Silk and Venom has an index, a glossary, plus lists print and Internet sources.

Curriculum relationships to:

Science: organisms and their environment, DNA analysis, predators/prey relationships, geography,

Language Arts: non-fiction narrative, biographical narrative, picture support using photographs,

Social Studies: global connections, multicultural,

The Deadlies is narrative fiction with picture support, and has an author note about what is true and what isn’t in the story.

Curriculum relationships to:

Language Arts: Imaginative narrative, character and plot development, sequence of events,

Science: organisms and their environment, characteristics of organisms,

 

Daughters of the Sea is historical fiction with a fantasy element. The featured girls discover their mermaid heritage, but also deal with non-fiction elements like navigation, currents, and social history.

These books could be read for the Common Core Curriculum in conjunction with the fairy tale Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen, where the mermaid wants to become human but pays a terrible price.

 

Curriculum relationships to:

Language Arts: Imaginative narrative, character and plot development, sequence of events,

 

Social Studies: Time, continuity, and change; individual development and identity

Science: earth and space, oceans

 

The Extra could be read for the Common Core Curriculum in combination with Diary of Anne Frank, Number the Stars, or The Devil’s Arithmetic

 

While studying the Conquistadors, my new animal fantasy series Horses of the Dawn will make a good contrasting read. The first book, Escape, tells this story of the Spanish conquest from the horses’ point of view.

 

Exciting news about New York schools adopting Chris's and my rainforest book The Most Beautiful Roof in the World for their Common Core Curriculum!


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