Dig In to Informational Text

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Dig in to Informational TextWhy is informational text so important and where can teachers find the best resources? In this edWeb TIME for Kids webinar Jaime Joyce, Assistant Managing Editor of Education at TIME For Kids, and Laura Blackburn, Associate Editor at TIME For Kids, answered these questions while sharing tips and strategies for integrating informational text across the curriculum throughout the school day. They also discussed what distinguishes informational text from other types of literature and the Common Core’s emphasis on a 50-50 blend of informational text and literature, then pointed participants toward resources (see below) to help select high-quality, high-interest texts. In addition, they provided graphic organizers and activities to support instruction. Although the focus remained on teaching and learning in grades K–6, all teachers can benefit from this informative session. The webinar was hosted by edWeb’s Real World Literacy community.

Recommended Resources
Grades K–2:
~The Scraps Book: Notes from a 
Colorful Life, by Lois Ehlert
~Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation, by Duncan Tonatiuh
~Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands, by Katherine Roy
~Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold, by Joyce Sidman
~Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes, by Nicola Davies
~Gravity, by Jason Chin
~The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus, by Jen Bryant

Grades 3–4:
~Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World, by Steve Jenkins
~Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Everything , by Maira Kalman
~Buried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels Have Changed the Earth, by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm
~Firebird, by Misty Copeland
~Roller Derby Rivals, by Sue Macy

Grades 5–6:
~Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines, by Paul Fleischman
~Red Madness: How a Medical Mystery Changed What We Eat, by Gail Jarrow
~Baseball Is… , by Louise Borden

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