106. H is for Home Run: A Baseball Alphabet by Brad Herzog
Topics: baseball, Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson
Units of Study: Nonfiction, Content-Area
Reading Skills: envisionment, determining importance
Writing Skills: using alliteration, using dashes, crafting rhyme
My Thoughts: I normally don’t use alphabet books very much throughout the course of the year. This book inspires me to change my mind. This book is more sophisticated than your average alphabet book. Each page has both a rhyming description of an aspect of baseball and a more detailed description in the sidebar. I’m considering proposing alphabet books as a way to publish Content-Area pieces. During Social Studies students could make alphabet books as a way to assess their understanding of the content of a unit.
Often I’m scrambling to find read alouds that fit within one of our units of study. However, sometimes it’s nice to read something that will connect with a current event or a current class interest. For those who want to celebrate the upcoming World Series, H is for Home Run is a good choice.