One of the blogs I like to read in the kidlitosphere is called The Miss Rumphius Effect. The author of this blog is a teacher educator who specializes in both poetry and science. A couple months back I started searching for books to support a unit on adaptations and through her site and some of her August posts, I found the following great books: Claws, Coats, and Camouflage, What Do You Do When Something Wants to Eat You?, Feathers, Fur, and Flippers, and Exploding Ants.
These four books present fascinating facts about a variety of animals. By organizing the information around types of adaptations, they skillfully keep the principles of evolution near the center of the stage. The result of these voice-filled texts, which are also full of many amazing pictures, is powerful enough to ALMOST make me wanna trade one of my math classes for a science class.
We get some bonus dollars added into our supply budgets this year if we go the extra mile on our school efforts to build school-to-home connections. I think three copies of each of these great books would be a great way to spend some of my extra $.