I love Steve Sheinkin's books. Bomb gets passed around my classroom like contraband. One year a fifth grade teacher had to borrow Lincoln's Grave Robber, because my former student who was in her class, insisted that Lincoln's Grave Robber was the book she had to have in her reader's workshop bag. I'm so excited about this new series because the text is tons of fun and accessible for more readers.
Activity Name: It's Your Turn
Activity Description: Steve Sheinkin takes a well-known historical figure and puts them in a situation that he knows definitely did not happen at a time when the person wasn't alive. Here's his suggestion for students: "Come up with their own Time Twister ideas. Take any historical person and put them in the wrong time/place, and send them on some adventure that definitely didn't happen. Who would you choose? Where would they go and why? What would they do?" This is a great way to integrate creative writing into whatever social studies unit your class is covering.
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