Sunday, April 21, 2013

Science Mentor Text-Planet Earth/Inside Out

It is Sunday, and that means it is time to link up with Collaboration Cuties for their Mentor Text linky!

This week's topic is Science Mentor Texts. I have to admit that I had to stop and think for a minute. Most of my science curriculum is very hands-on, so when I think of teaching science, mentor texts aren't my first thought. Once I really thought about it, I realized I do use a lot of nonfiction mentor texts to help deepen my students understanding.

The book I've chosen to share with you today is Planet Earth/Inside Out. I use this book when I am teaching my students the layers of the Earth. It is a great read aloud that I use to introduce my students to the lesson.

Gail Gibbons is one of my favorite nonfiction children's authors. She does a wonderful job sharing facts in a fun and kid-friendly way. Her books have great text features that make them a great resource to use when teaching students the different types of text features.

What are your favorite science mentor texts? Be sure to link up with Collaboration Cuties to share your favorites and learn some new ones!
On a side note...I'm really close to having 100 followers, 2 more to go! I've never done a giveaway before but I think I'm going to have to figure out how to do one quickly! If any of you are willing to donate an item toward the giveaway let me know. If you have done a giveaway and have any "tips" for a first timer like me I'd love to hear them! Looking forward to celebrating with all of you!


  1. I love Gail Gibbons! She is wonderful at writing engaging science texts!

    Thanks so much for linking up!
    We'd be happy to donate to your giveaway! We are heading to church and have some other things going on today but if you want to email me some questions, I'd be glad to help answer them about the giveaway!

    Collaboration Cuties

    1. Thanks Amanda-I will be e-mailing you soon! I really appreciate the offer!

  2. I've never done a giveaway but I'm interested in learning right along with you! I'm already a follower so I can't help you there! ;) Thanks for sharing a book with us. Let me know if you figure out any tips for how to get more followers. I'm working on 35 but I just started a week ago. Maybe one day I'll make it to 98 like you! ;) Good luck!
    Creating Lifelong Learners

    1. You will get there. Your blog is great, I have no doubt you will have 100 followers in no time!

  3. Gail Gibbons has some excellent books!! I love them all!!

    And I'd be happy to donate to your giveaway! :)
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  4. I'm pretty sure I have this book in my library, but I haven't read it with my kiddos yet. I will have to check tomorrow. I am happy to donate to your giveaway, although I've never had one myself so I don't have any tips- sorry. My email is

    iTeach 1:1

  5. Thank you for commenting on my blog. I am brand new to this and I am learning as I go.
    Speaking of Gail Gibbons, a few weeks ago I used her book The "Reasons for the Seasons" as a mentor text to teach the concept of the seasons. I stopped during the middle of the book to model the process with a globe and light for the kids. I need to use mentor texts more often with the kiddos.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. The Reasons for the Seasons is a great book. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  6. Thanks so much for sharing! Love Gail Gibbons!! She has written SO many great nonfiction texts over the years...

    All the best--

  7. Gail Gibbons books are great! And early congratulations!! I'd love to help out and donate to your giveaway!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  8. I would love to help with your give away. I'm hoping to be at 100 soon myself. Let me know how I can help.:)

    The Balanced Classroom

  9. Gail Gibbons has excellent science books! I would love to donate to your giveaway!

  10. Hey, congratulations on reaching 100 followers. I'm 101!

    School Is a Happy Place

  11. Gail Gibbon's books are wonderful! I don't think I have seen this one. Thank you for sharing it. :)
    Conversations in Literacy