Over on SLJ, library Joy Fleishhacker has compiled a fantastic list of books that would help in enhancing a number of different class trips, all of which can be used to support Common Core Standards through a number of different avenues. For instance, introducing vocabulary related to the location you and your class will be visiting, or as a means of inspiring a post-trip creative or research project. What ties them all together? As she explains, these books “encapsulate the magic of a field-trip experience and expand the learning–and enjoyment–well beyond the designated outing.”
Several of our titles were included in her original list (noted with an asterisk), but we’d like to expand upon her recommendations with a few more.
The Apple Orchard Riddle by Margaret McNamara, illus. by G. Brian Karas
Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-0-375-84744-8; lib. ed. $18.99. ISBN 978-0-375-95744-4; ebook $10.99. ISBN 978-0-375-98783-0.
K-Gr 2–Mr.Tiffin’s students mull over a brainteaser while touring Hill’s Orchard: “Show me a little red house with no windows and no door, but with a star inside.” Gathering bushels of apple facts throughout the day, the children make guesses galore, but only the quietly observant class daydreamer gets to the riddle’s core. Personality-packed artwork spices up this winning tale.
An Edible Alphabet: 26 Reasons to Love the Farm by Carol Watterson, illus. by Michela Sorrentino
Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-58246-421-3.
Gr 1-4–Bursting with wordplay and whimsy, this exuberantly illustrated A-to-Z provides a bounty of intriguing facts and helps readers make the connection between food and farm. Letters are accompanied by alliterative snippets (“Blueberries, Beets, and Beans”) while smaller-size text introduces the featured plants, animals, or agricultural process. A captivating read-aloud or invigorating idea-starter for creative projects.
Though they don’t involve class trips, we’d also recommend the following titles for introducing your students to life on farms: It’s Milking Time, Our Farm, and Chicks!
Time Flies by Eric Rohmann
Tr $17. ISBN 978-0-517-59598-5; pap. $6.99. ISBN 978-0-517-88555-0.
PreS-Gr 4–In this wordless picture book, a bird flies into a museum’s dinosaur hall during a storm-charged night. Suddenly, time slips away–the walls disappear, the gigantic skeletons become fully fleshed-out behemoths roaming a prehistoric landscape, and the bird is placed in peril. This gorgeously illustrated flight of fancy can inspire creative endeavors or paleontological research.
For more museum tales, be sure to check out: The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum, Arthur Lost in the Museum, and The Sixty-Eight Rooms.
Is this a strategy you’ve tried in your classrooms?