Sunday, March 23, 2014

Must Read Mentor Text Linky: Social Studies with Scholastic News eReaders

Time for Collaboration Cuties' Must Read Mentor Text Linky.  This week's topic is Social Studies.  Just a quick overview of some great texts for integrating social studies...

Scholastic News  Nonfiction Storia eReaders

As second grade teachers, we try to integrate social studies topics into ELA whenever possible and appropriate.  I recently came across some wonderful Scholastic News eReaders available through Storia.  A wide variety of social studies and science topics are offered, and the texts are perfect for reinforcing how authors use main ideas and key details to organize nonfiction texts. They also contain several nonfiction text features for students to use--table of contents, heading, photographs, glossary (picture), and index.  Lastly, the texts are ideal for independent reading during guided reading rotations (guided reading levels are noted when shopping).  Even though I purchased the readers via Storia, I have linked each text cover to where a preview of is available.

I decided to use What Does the President Do? by Amanda Miller during our intervention groups time.  The text is organized nicely into key details related to the main idea: The president of the United States has many important responsibilities.  Since we had been exploring main idea and key details together, students were asked to read the text independently with a partner and then completed a main idea/key details graphic organizer. You may download the graphic organizer here!

Here are some other titles I have purchased for students to choose from when reading independently.
Scholastic also offers a great series of Scholastic News eReaders related to helping the earth, saving energy, and recycling that I will be using in April.

Fly on over to Collaboration Cuties to check out more must read social studies texts...
All the best for a wonderful week ahead!


1 comment:

  1. Ooooo, we are about to head into government and I always forget about Storia! I will have to check it out! These look great! Thank you for linking this up!