Thematic Inquiry Through Fiction and Non-Fiction - PreK to Grade 6

Thematic Inquiry Through Fiction and Non-Fiction - PreK to Grade 6

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Everything you need to teach sound library lessons is right in this book! * Includes both fiction and non-fiction books for grades PreK- 5 * Employs the productive and sound inquiry method for elementary students * Attracts the interest of students and fires their intellectual curiosity while teaching to the standards Explore how outstanding fiction and nonfiction titles can be integrated into thematic inquiry in preschool and elementary classrooms. Each thematic inquiry unit has four sections: Read it! describes a sample dialogic reading of one of the fiction or nonfiction books; Integrate it! gives concrete examples of how specialized subjects and technology can be integrated with the fiction or nonfiction selections; Do it! describes hands-on activities that are integral to the use of fiction and nonfiction for inquiry; and Assess it! enumerates across-the-curriculum standards met in the thematic inquiry. Targeted to teachers, librarians, and literacy coaches who work with preschool and elementary students, this is also a powerful and practical resource for administrators, parents, consultants, and professors interested in employing inquiry-based learning.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 210.82 x 274.32 x 7.62mm | 340.19g
  • ABC-CLIO
  • Linworth Publishing, Incorporated
  • Worthington, United States
  • English
  • 1586833502
  • 9781586833503
  • 1,389,445

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"This guide for teachers, librarians, and literacy coaches focuses on inquiry-based learning and details how fiction and nonfiction books can be integrated into thematic inquiry in preschool and elementary classrooms. MacDonnell, a library coordinator, provides 16 units that each outline sample questions, vocabulary, hands-on activities, and connected national standards. She gives background on inquiry-based learning and how it works, followed by the units on personal well- being, products people make and use, community, and the natural environment. Each unit includes an annotated list of books to use." - Reference & Research Book News "This is an excellent guide for classroom teachers and school media specialists interested in adding inquiry-based collaborative lessons to their repertoire... This guide will provide fresh ideas to those already comfortable with inquiry and a solid jumping off point for those beginning inquiry for the first time. The book will be a welcome addition to any elementary library's professional collection. Recommended." - Library Media Connection "The book contains some truly in-depth learning ideas." - Catholic Library World "Thematic Inquiry through Fiction and Nonfiction, PreK to Grade 6 is a guide for educators and librarians for giving inquiry-based lessons to children in preschool and elementary classes. Each thematic inquiry unit is divided into a 'Read it!' section wtih a sample dialogic reading of a given fiction or nonfiction book, an 'Integrate it!' section with examples of how specific subjects or technology can be seamlessly blended into the lesson, a "Do it!" section with hands-on activities, and an 'Assess it!' section with solid cross-curriculum standards and goals. Lists of core collection fiction and nonfiction books suitable for the lesson plans are included, and librarians and teachers are given the right to reproduce activity sheets for library or classroom use. Thematic Inquiry through Fiction and Nonfiction, PreK to Grade 6 is ultimately a solid guide and supplement to stimulating intellectual curiosity and creative thinking. 'The challenge for schools with a rigidly definied core curriculum is to interpret the core content in such a way that it connects to the real list interests and questions of students. The challenge for more open curricula is to find motivating questions with enough content to sustain interest neither frivolous nor abstract teachers and children should be able to frame contect into questions that are worthy of in-depth investigation and thought.' " - Midwest Book Reviewshow more

About Colleen MacDonell

Colleen MacDonell is the learning resources coordinator for a pre-K to grade 12 international school.show more