From Unit Plan: Water Water Everywhere!
I use the following books in my classroom during the water unit. However, all of the professional resources I have listed are used throughout the year because they can easily be adapted to whatever topic you are teaching.
The Big Book of Classroom Stationery: Grades 4–6
This must-have collection of writing paper is packed with 85+ reproducible sheets of fabulous designs that make any assignment from book reports to class newsletters shine! Features favorite themes and subjects, including back-to-school, holidays, U.S. landmarks, flags around the world, the solar system, ancient Greece, and many more!
Classroom Tip: I use this stationary book over and over again throughout the year for students to publish writing pieces across the curriculum.
The Big Book of Reproducible Graphic Organizers by Dottie Raymer, Jennifer Jacobson
Help students soar in reading, writing, social studies, science, math, and more with this giant collection of fun, easy-to-use graphic organizers. Includes 50 classroom-tested, reproducible templates along with simple how-to's and student samples. A great way to motivate visual learners!
Classroom Tip: The wide range of organizers provided in this book allows me to effectively use several different organizers to help make abstract concepts finally “make sense” to the visual learner.
A Drop of Water: A Book of Science and Wonder by Walter Wick
While admiring amazing photographs capturing such moments as the "crown" created by a water drop splashing in a pool, or a "wild wave" caused by an egg dropped in a water glass, students will learn about evaporation, condensation, snowflakes, how clouds form, and more.
Classroom Tip: These slow motion close-up photographs are one of my favorite tools to help students “see” abstract concepts I’ve been teaching.
Easy Science Activity Journals by Mary Kay Carson
These ready-to-go, reproducible journals combine simple hands-on experiments with thought-provoking prompts that encourage kids to learn and write about science. Students dissect seeds; build a model of an eclipse, read a weather map, and much more!
Classroom Tip: Science journaling has never been easier with this resource. I use it for life, earth and physical science units. Very appropriate for grades three through six.
The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks by Joanna Cole; illustrated by Bruce Degen
When the odd Ms. Frizzle leads her class on a fantastic journey through the town waterworks, they all begin to discover some fascinating facts about water.
Classroom Tip: My students gain more water information from this book than from any other we use during our water unit. The ten facts about water used in Lesson Two come straight from this source.
The Magic School Bus Wet All Over: A Book About the Water Cycle by Patricia Relf
Experience the earth's water cycle first hand as Ms. Frizzle's class rises into the air, forms a rain cloud and drizzles down upon earth, just like rain!
Classroom Tip: This book is a wonderful tool to help students understand how the water cycle keeps going and going.
Read & Write Science Mini-Journals by Nancy Finton
Each mini-journal contains a simple hands-on investigation that requires little or no materials, a recording page for students to write their observations, and a thought-provoking prompt that gives kids practice in writing fiction and nonfiction. Topics include the senses, plants and seeds, animal defense, weather, space, and more.
Classroom Tip: Here's an easy way to meet the science standards and hone students' writing skills at the same time. I especially like to use this resource to review themes that have already been taught and to introduce upcoming science themes.