By Terri DeGezelle
Exploring the Seasons Series
“Fall is the season of change. Everything gets ready for winter. In the Northern Hemisphere, the first day of fall, or autumn, is September 22 or 23.”
Exploring Fall includes information about the seasons and where fall fits in, light, water, trees, animals, people, and fall in the different hemispheres. The short narrative text introduces the photograph on the opposite spread.
The book has a glossary, a read more section, internet sites, and an index. It holds 225 words and is at a grade 1 reading level. This series is a perfect way to introduce the seasons, especially with school having started. It works well with the Common Core by extending fall facts to how other things in their world relate to fall. It’s a lovely book and a great way to kick off autumn, a study of the seasons, or predictable changes in the environment.
Make a list of all the topics from the book that are connected to fall. Discuss how each kind of life or event is affected by fall. Illustrate the list to show the changes that take place.
Before reading the book, introduce the title. Then show the pictures without revealing the text. Discuss what kinds of information each picture provides. Make a list on the board or chart for each picture. Then read the text. Talk about what each part of the book gave in the way of information.
National Science Standard: weather and climate
Common Core: grade 1 – Reading Standards for Informational Text
3. Describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.
6. Distinguish between information provided by pictures or other illustrations and information provided by the words in a text.
Book provided by Capstone.