Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Week 21: National Geographic Kids:Great Migrations

I love this book! The Great Migrations book by National Geographic is filled with all sorts of information. The layout is fantastic and I read it cover to cover and kept sharing the facts that I learned. One of the things I love about it, besides the fascinating photographs, is the maps showing the migration patterns. I am always looking for real opportunities to teach students to read charts, diagrams, and graphs. The migration maps are all different for each animal. Since the photographs will easily engage students because they are so amazing, using the maps to then track the migration of the animals is a natural next step. It is important for students to see a real-world need to be able to read maps, charts, and graphs. This book provides those opportunities.