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Engaging Young Children With Informational Books
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Engaging Young Children With Informational Books

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October 2013 | 232 pages | Corwin
This book offers an approach to and examples of integrating language arts and science. Each chapter contains one or more Windows into Practice - brief descriptions or accounts by teachers of events in their classrooms; teachers' narratives provide specific illustrations of principles or activities presented. The book also contains examples of teacher guides, children's work samples, and supplementary materials that can be used by family members or individuals who provide after-school activities.
 
Series Preface to Classroom Insights
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
1. English Language Arts in the Early Years of School: Priorities and Consequences
 
2. Do Young Children Find Informational Books Hard to Understand?
 
3. Are Young Children Really Interested in Informational Books?
 
4. What Should I Consider When Selecting Informational Books?
 
5. How Can I Use Shared Informational Book Reading in my Classroom to Build Children's Reading Skills and Background Knowledge?
 
6. How Can I Incoporate Writing With Informational Books?
 
7. How Can Parents Use Informational Books to Support Children's Learning?
 
References for Children's Books
 
References for Research Sources
 
Index

"This book is an urgent read for all teachers and parents of young children who want their kids to achieve long-term academic success! This book will drastically change how I read and how I encourage writing with my students and children. I am very grateful to Mantzicopoulos and Patrick for reminding me how essential informational reading and writing are, not only to the development of language arts skills, but to the reintroduction of science and social studies to daily elementary education. Including informational texts in the classroom is necessary if we are to produce students prepared for success on an international scale."

Nina Orellana, Title I Teacher
Palm Bay Academy Charter School, Palm Bay, FL

"This book is a must have for elementary educators, teachers, and professional faculty.  It illustrates the power of reading while also introducing the whole idea of students and how others interpret success with them."

Robert E. Yager, Professor of Science Education
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

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