That's when you need a picture book! I especially like to go to picture books for social studies and science; sometimes even math. I struggle finding good math books that I like. I want them to explain more of the how to not just application to life.
For example, my son has a chemistry test coming up. He was just not getting the Periodic Table. So I found this great picture book all about it. He read it and suddenly the complex vocabulary of his textbook made sense.
That's the power of a picture book!
I will admit it, I even use this same concept for my college courses or anything that I want to know about but don't understand. Sometimes those picture books give me just the write word to google to open up the flood gates to knowledge!
Plus the visuals help me remember! And I like the colors! Oh and the rhymes. It sticks in my brain that way. See why I am a teacher? I will not grow up and give up my picture books!! You can't make me!!
This is another one of my textbooks for my current class. I have mixed feelings about this book but maybe that is just because I love books and this seems like common-sense to me.
If you have ever thought about adding more picture books but weren't sure how or if you just don't understand what all the fuss is about, the introduction of this book gives some great arguments for using literature across the curriculum spectrum.
The book is written for grades PK-8 and would make a great resource.
It has sections broken down in later chapters by grade levels and then stories. It gives a summary, standards addressed, objectives, key concepts, materials lists, ideas for discussion and activities, assessments, connections to real life, a list of similar books, and websites.
How do you use picture books in your classroom?