Sunday, June 16, 2013

Science Mentor Text: The Everglades

I love sharing and learning about new mentor texts (it can get a little pricey, but at least get them all on your wish list!). I'm linking up with two of my favorites Amanda & Stacia for their Mentor Text Linky. I have chosen to share The Everglades by Jean Craighead George. Although this week's topic is science I plan to share how I incorporate this one picture book for multiple subject areas.
Science: ecosystems, habitats, animals, plants, environment, conservation, preservation, life science
Social Studies: Florida history, map skills, biography (Marjory Stoneman Douglas)
Writing/Language Arts: rich vocabulary, synonyms, descriptive writing, persuasive writing
This book is a non-fiction text about the history of the Everglades, but told with a narrative form by the perspective of the Indian storyteller. He poles through the "River of Grass" and tells the children of the history of the land, plants, and animals.

It's beautiful artwork and description will hook your students! The Everglades makes for the perfect read aloud! 
Go link up with Collaboration Cuties and check out all the great mentor texts for science this week!


  1. Looks like a wonderful book I would love reading... The illustrations are beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing.

    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

  2. I love the Everglades so I bet I would love this book too. :) Thanks for sharing. The pictures looks amazing.
    Creating Lifelong Learners

  3. Looks like a great book! I'll have to check it out.

  4. Ooooh, I love this. I really like the idea of a narrative history told through a native american storyteller. the pictures also look beautiful. just added it it to my cart. Thanks for sharing.

    room 4 imagination

  5. Thanks for sharing this book. Although we do not study the Everglades (I wonder why) we are focussing on native storytelling in a big way and it is great to find new resources. Thanks for adding to my list!

    Looking From Third to Fourth

  6. I love Jean Craighead George and I've actually used this book in the past to teach setting in writing. Her books are always beautiful and have lots of facts!

    Thanks so much for linking up friend!
    Collaboration Cuties

  7. This looks like a great book to add to my Florida collection! Great illustrations!

    Learning With Mrs. Brinn

  8. Just added it to my endless Amazon wishlist! :)


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