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Books About Time Travel

By Elizabeth Ramos

Grades

9–12

From Unit Plan: Time Travel Writing Assignment using A Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury

 

The Sound of Thunder is an excellent story for students to read before creating their own Time Travel PowerPoint presentations. Although this short story is available at the Web site listed below, the story is also available in many high school literature books. If you do not have access to this short story, try the other time travel books listed here. The professional book on PowerPoint presentations is a must have for every teacher, regardless of the subject they're teaching.

Professional Books

PowerPoint Made Very Easy! by Timothy Green
Want a super-easy way to add pizzazz to student projects and reports? Try this popular presentation software that's easy to learn and use.

Classroom Tip: Copy pages 17 and 18 from the book and let each student have their own copy. You'll see that this will be enough to get them started on their own presentations.

50 Graphic Organizers for Reading, Writing & More by Karen Bromley, Linda Irwin DeVitis & Marcia Modlo
This valuable resource provides organizers for note-taking, planning, presentation, and review. Includes 50 ready-to-go templates for subjects such as reading, writing, math, social studies, and science, along with student samples and step-by-step directions.

Classroom Tip: Copy The Big Question graphic organizer on page 19 for your students to use before they begin their PowerPoint presentation.

Books About Time Travel

The Time Bike by Jane Langton
Eddy Hall receives an unusually large packing crate from his mysterious uncle containing an old-fashioned bicycle, complete with a wicker basket — the kind of bike no self-respecting boy would be caught dead riding. But the bike possesses the ability to travel through time, and soon Eddy is on the ride of his life!

Classroom Tip: This is another good book to use for this time travel lesson.

The Orphan of Ellis Island: A Time-Travel Adventure by Elvira Woodruff
An orphaned boy flees his class as they tour Ellis Island. He finds himself transported back in time to Italy in 1908, where his 1-year-old great-grandfather is preparing to immigrate to America.

Classroom Tip: This is another good book to use for this time travel lesson.

Books and Professional Resources for Building Historical Background

If You…Collection
…Grew Up With Abraham Lincoln
…Lived at the Time of Martin Luther King, Jr.
…Lived at the Time of the American Revolution
…Lived at the Time of the Civil War
…Lived in Colonial Times
…Lived in Williamsburg in Colonial Days
…Lived With the Hopi
…Lived With the Iroquois
…Sailed on the Mayflower
…Traveled West in a Covered Wagon
… Lived in the Days of the Knights
If Your Name Was Changed at Ellis Island

High interest, low readability titles for struggling high school readers. These books are excellent historical accounts.

Classroom Tip: Use these titles to help build background when learning about different periods of time.

Hands-On History Middle Ages by Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord
Help students gain a deeper understanding of history with these fun hands-on activities. These valuable resources come complete with step-by-step directions, background information, reproducible patterns, and more.

Classroom Tip: Use the activities in this professional book to build background for time travel presentations.

Hands-On History: Civil War: Fantastic Easy-to-Make Projects That Help Kids Learn and Love History! by Michael Gravois
This three-book collection of engaging, hands-on activities captures students' interest and helps them understand key events and concepts of the Civil War era, the Pioneers' westward movement, and the immigration experience.

Classroom Tip: Use the activities in this professional book to build background for time travel presentations.

Hands-On History: Pioneers: Fantastic Easy-to-Make Projects That Help Kids Learn and Love History! by Michael Gravois
This three-book collection of engaging, hands-on activities captures students' interest and helps them build a deeper understanding of the key events and concepts of the Civil War era, the Pioneers' westward movement, and the immigration experience.

Classroom Tip: Use the activities in this professional book to build background for time travel presentations.

Hands-On History: American Revolution: Fantastic Easy-to-Make Projects That Help Kids Learn and Love History! by Michael Gravois
This teacher-written resource is a surefire way to help kids learn -- and love -- American history. Hands-on activities, such as the Bunker Hill Guide Book, Declaration of Independence Quiz Panels, Revolutionary Heroes Little Book, and more, showcase students' creativity and help them remember the key events and concepts they need to know.

Classroom Tip: Use the activities in this professional book to build background for time travel presentations.

Scholastic Dinosaurs A to Z: The Ultimate Dinosaur Encyclopedia by Don Lessem; illustrated by Jan Sovak
Arranged alphabetically, this reference book contains more than 700 entries and nearly 400 illustrations, making it the most comprehensive book about dinosaurs available.

Classroom Tip: Have the book available for students to see the type of dinosaurs that existed during the hunt in the short story A Sound of Thunder.

A Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury
This is a short story explaining consequences of time travel.

Classroom Tip: Print and read story in class with students. Available at: http://www.sba.muohio.edu/mis399/Student/The%20Legend%20of%20KoreaJapanChina.htm

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