We know teachers are expected to provide more and more informational texts to their students, and not just in English Language Arts. With so many texts to choose from, how do you know you’re adding quality and engaging nonfiction readings to your classroom? Rely on Great Books expertise to guide you! Our new Junior Great Books® Nonfiction Inquiry materials for grades 3–5 bring inquiry-based learning to informational texts specifically designed for evaluative questioning.
Many nonfiction products provide texts available elsewhere—online, journals, books, newspapers, etc. Our Nonfiction Inquiry readings are original works; you won’t find them anywhere else. Great Books editors commissioned 9 original units per grade level—selecting topics that are both of high interest to students and that provide a wide-range of integration across the curriculum. The units align with grade-appropriate national benchmarks in science and social studies, as well as national standards for reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Unit topics, the same across the grade levels, are: All About Animals; Weather and Climate; Engineering to Solve a Problem; Oral Tradition; Social Responsibility; Justice and Leadership; Wants vs. Needs; Westward Expansion; and Personal Growth and Identity.
The Nonfiction Inquiry classroom bundle includes a Teacher’s Guide and 30 consumable Student Logs. Students follow our inquiry-based sequence of activities for each text. They read for understanding, ask questions, reread and take notes, form ideas about an issue in the text, and support those ideas with evidence—all essential skills for proficient readers and thinkers.