Shark Lady: True Adventures of Eugenie Clark. P.

McGovern, Ann. Shark Lady: True Adventures of Eugenie Clark. P. 1978.

9-year-old Eugenie Clark loves fish and aquariums, so she goes to college to study fish, against her grandmother’s wishes but with her mom’s support. Then she goes to the Pacific and Caribbean to become a diver and study sharks. Chapters are 6-8 pages long.

TAGS: Biography, nonfiction, sharks, scientists, women, aquarium, new york, ocean, chapter, P

Spinning a Web. ?

INFO:  Trumbauer, Lisa. Spinning a Web. ?. 1996.

DESC: Solid, straightforward easy-reading non-fiction about spiders. Great for those kids who just want to learn, learn, learn about insects, and who might put up a fuss with more serial, plot-driven fiction books. Covers all basic elements of spider life, from web-spinning to body parts. Most popularly, the book also details some unusual spiders – trap-door spiders, jumping spiders, and water spiders. It ends with a Charlotte’s Web-style peek at the spider life cycle and the march of the spider-y generations!

TAGS: easy read, easy reader, non-fiction, spiders, science, insects, facts, bug facts, spinning webs, all kinds of spiders

Inside Caves. K.

INFO: Gibson, Bryless. Inside Caves. K. 2006.

DESC: A fascinating survey of the wide world of caves and cavings – with surprisingly detailed and ample text for a level “K” read. Recommended for the high-flying reader. Some students may get bored after a few pages – encourage them that this book guides them through not only underground caves, but caves under ice and under the sea! This text easily lends itself to a host of writing activities: comparing and contrasting different caves, making a “main idea/detail” box with one detail about each type of cave, &c. Also noteworthy is that this book details caving safety and rescue missions. Includes text features like an index and diagrams, and helpful critical thinking, vocab, and before/during/after questions for teachers.

TAGS: caves, geology, caving, the earth, non-fiction, underwater, ice, ocean, science, K

Out in Space! G?

INFO: Berger, Melvin. Out in Space! G?. 1995.

DESC: This early-level non-fiction is a great and non-intimidating general overview of the many elements comprising “space.” It introduces kiddos to rockets, the planets of our solar system, and even gives a short glimpse beyond the galaxy! Some students may freak out about the specialized vocabulary – just focus on “telling” names and new words (like “andromeda” or “nebula”) and challenge the students to take on the rest. Once they get the planet names down, students will find this a rewarding read – and one that they’re very proud of.

TAGS: space, outer space, planets, moons, galaxies, rockets, science, nonfiction