Summary: This nonfiction book has many beautiful pictures of real snowflakes up close, for students to admire and learn from! The book emphasizes how snow crystals form and the different shapes they can take. The in-depth explanations provide older students with information regarding snow crystals formation and science concepts behind the snowflakes.
Reading Components: Depending on students' reading level, I would have students practice fluency by reading either the bolded headlines on each page, or the more detailed explanations under these headlines. This book is versatile in that it can be used with many different reading levels based on how the text is presented. Students can also develop vocabulary skills by looking up unknown words within the text.
Summary: This fictional children's book details the life of an oak tree from being planted to being struck by lightning in an intense storm. Throughout the book, brightly colored illustrations are used to show changing landscapes, seasons, and different modes of transportation and energy. Throughout the years, the reader sees a changing atmosphere from the same vantage point as the oak tree.
Reading Components: With the simplicity of the text, this book would be a great way to develop students' fluency in reading aloud to a partner or their teacher. Students could also be assessed on comprehension of the text by predicting what they think will happen next in the oak tree's life.
Summary: Bruce Goldstone's photographs are accompanied by fun text, engaging titles, and relevant questions about the season of fall. The nonfiction book addresses what you might wear at the beginning and end of fall, why leaves change color, how leaves know when it is time to fall, and what happens to fallen leaves. At the end of the book, there is also pictures of different kinds of leaves next to the name of the tree it came from.
Reading Components: This book provides many opportunities for students to develop vocabulary skills linked with pictures, especially at the end of the book when practicing different tree names linked to the pictures of their corresponding leaves.
Summary: In this illustrated book, brothers David and George brave the weather by eating dinner with their family by the fireplace, and hear creaks and groans from the old house against the wind. In the morning, they are delighted when a fallen tree makes their perfect safari setting for playing. The illustrations are beautifully drawn and depict the wild imaginations of brothers during a storm.
Reading Components: The easy narrative shown with detailed illustrations makes the perfect supplement for lower level reading students to practice fluency skills in reading aloud and developing comprehension of text through support from the drawings.
Summary: This book is a funny way to introduce the theme of weather in any classroom. After a dinner fiasco where a pancake lands on Henry, grandpa is inclined to tell his grandkids a story about a faraway land. In the land of Chewandswallow, food falls from the sky three times a day. But soon, the food gets out of control and out of proportion and so the members of Chewandswallow must flee the land on bread boats. After settling into their new routine, the members must adapt to "normal" life by buying their food in the supermarket. The drawings in this book bring the creative land alive as the kids listen to their grandpa's story.
Reading Components: Students reading this book aloud can focus on phonics and phonemic awareness as they speak slowly, pausing, and adding expression to their sentences. Many of the sentences in this book are detailed and descriptive with different food items and adjectives for students to practice reading aloud.
Summary: This digital book details the life of William A. Bentley, the "snowflake man." "Snowflake Bentley" developed a technique of microphotography that allowed man to see the snowflake up close and observe the differences in each snowflake. This digital book allows students to follow along by highlighting the word spoken in blue as the narrator reads the story aloud, and brings to life the illustrations with video clips and snow falling.
Reading Components: As students listen to this digital book, they can follow along with the highlighted words to develop fluency skills and watch the life-like illustrations to gain comprehension of the story.
Summary: This book provides information on how weather works, including the atmosphere and air pressure, sunshine, rain, storms, and severe weather. It also includes "50 Wet, Windy, and Wonderful Activities" to try with your students. This book also allows students to explore other climates and weather systems and lists weather quotes and statistics.
Reading Components: Students are able to develop vocabulary skills with the different vocabulary words defined throughout the book. Students also gain comprehension skills as the different activities listed confirm topics learned and read about before.
Summary: This book defines what clouds are, the different types of clouds, the different names of clouds, myths of clouds and the characteristics of each type of cloud. The charming drawings in this book allow students to stay engaged while learning lots of information about clouds. The book also includes sayings about clouds that help tell about weather, as well as a silly story about a cloud at the end of the book.
Reading Components: While learning about the different types of clouds, this book is an excellent resource for developing students' vocabulary skills as the three types of clouds (cumulus, cirrus, stratus) are mentioned and combined to make other types of clouds.
Summary: This book uses rich vocabulary to describe each animal's preferred weather. From a frog, to a bird, to a bat, students are taught what each animal's environment would look like if they could be in charge of the weather. The illustrations use texture and shape to capture students' interest as they describe each animal's weather of choice.
Reading Components: This book has many reading components including vocabulary, phonics, and phonemic awareness. Many descriptive verbs and adjectives are used that students may not recognize. Literary tools such as alliteration and rhyming words help students develop phonemic awareness as they read aloud.
Summary: This book talks about extreme weather, normal weather, and focuses on how students can impact the Earth's climate. The pop-ups, brightly colored illustrations, and tabs allow students to be interactively engaged while exploring the concept of weather. This would be a great resource to end a unit on weather, as all ideas and information about weather are presented creatively in this book.
Reading Components: Students can develop fluency skills as they read the various explanations, pull open tabs, read the sidebars, and read text on pop-up materials. Students can also develop comprehension skills as they finish studying their unit on weather by reading and exploring the materials in this book.