My students are crazy about Sarah Albee's nonfiction books. Each year during our nonfiction unit Poop Happened: A History of the World from the Bottom Up gets passed around the classroom as if it were contraband. It's almost as if simply by holding it in their hands, they're breaking the rules and they love it! Last week I brought in Bugged: How Insects Changed the World and handed the book to the student I had promised it to, and she began jumping up and down. I don't have Poison: Deadly Deeds, Perilous Professions and Murderous Medicines yet, but I'm expecting the same kind of response when I add it to our collection. In addition to the above trailer, Sarah has a bunch of other videos for Poison that highlilght stories she was unable to fit in the book. When I saw the one about Ponce De Leon below, I immediately thought about the fifth graders in my school who do reports each year on explorers. Be sure to check out Sarah's activity, too!
Activity Name: The Dark Side of the Periodic Table
Activity Description: Choose one element from the periodic table that is also mentioned in the book (arsenic, mercury, thallium, polonium, radium, phosphorous, etc). Research the element using the book and other sources, and write a paragraph, or make a list, of different products used by humans that are made from that element, or compounds that contain that element, both useful and nefarious, both historical and today.
Day 24 of Summer Goal
MY SUMMER OFFICIALLY STARTS JUNE 19TH AND ENDS AUGUST 24TH. THAT'S 9.5 WEEKS OF SUMMER OR 66 DAYS. MY ORIGINAL GOAL WAS TO READ A MIDDLE GRADE NOVEL OR 15-20 PICTURE BOOKS A DAY FOR 50 OF THOSE DAYS, BUT MY NEW GOAL IS TO SHOOT FOR 30 DAYS. I DIDN'T REALIZE I'D END UP DOING TEXT SETS! I'LL BLOG ABOUT THE BOOKS AND MY EXPERIENCE HERE. READ ON!