95. If You Are a Hunter of Fossils by Byrd Baylor

September 29, 2009 at 10:14 pm 1 comment

if you are a hunger of fossilsRetell: As a child goes hunting for fossils in the Southwest she envisions what the dry world once looked like underwater.

Topics: fossils, trilobites, dinosaurs, ocean, landforms

Units of Study: Nonfiction, Content-Area

Habits of Mind: responding with wonderment and awe, striving for accuracy and precision

Reading Skills: envisionment, questioning

Writing Skills: using repetition

My Thoughts: One of the many goals of this blog is to discover hidden read aloud gems.  This is one of those books and it just happens to fit with our current Science unit.  I love how the author invites the reader to envision what the world must have been like when today’s mountains were covered by a vast ocean.  This book could also make a good mentor text for students who need help using repetition effectively.  If you decide to have students read and write nonfiction poetry, this book would be a good addition to that unit.


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Deeanna  |  October 17, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    I just read this book out loud to my students yesterday. There are a lot of states mentioned throughout the book. I photocopied a map of the United States for them to reference during the read aloud. I think it’s a nice way to tuck in map reading.


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