Getting Started with Nonfiction & the Common Core
Nonfiction Common Core Reading Activities
- Introducing Nonfiction
Introduce nonfiction with this activity. After learning about nonfiction, read aloud a nonfiction book to the class. Students will draw a picture of something they learned from the text. This activity is aligned to Common Core State Standards for reading informational text and speaking and listening.
Teaching Guides for Biographies
- Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice Curriculum Guide
Learn about the unsung civil rights hero Claudette Colvin. These book discussion questions and service learning projects will help students examine segregation, Jim Crow laws, Browder v. Gayle, and the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
- Kennedy's Last Days Teacher's Guide
The reading, writing, and research activities in this teacher's guide are aligned with Common Core State Standards. Use the book as a supplemental text in history and English classes; it contains many primary sources and historical pictures to present President John F. Kennedy's time in office and his assassination.
History Teaching Guides
- The Port Chicago 50 Teacher's Guide
Teach students about the worst homefront disaster in World War II through a captivating true story. Students explore the prejudice that black men and women in America's armed forces faced during World War II. Pre- and post-reading activities about heroes, civil rights, and American history correlate with Common Core State Standards.
- Teacher's Guide to Books by Peter Sís
This teacher's guide contains Common Core aligned discussion questions and activities for books about Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Charles Darwin, Peter Sís's experience growing up behind the Iron Curtain, Galileo Galilei, and the Lhasa Highway.
Digital Reference Books for Science
Digital Reference Books for Social Studies
Art & Architecture Teaching Guides
- Built to Last Classroom Guide
Take students on a virtual tour of Raglan Castle in Wales, study the architecture of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres in France, and listen to the rich history of the Suleymaniye Mosque in Turkey. Through studying castles, cathedrals, and mosques, students will think about history and their own place in it.
STEM Teaching Guides
- Animals Upside Down Educator's Guide
In this pull, pop, lift and learn book by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page, students will discover the many reasons animals need to turn upside down.
- The Beetle Book Classroom Guide
Draw students into the beetle word with this discussion questions for reading aloud, teaching ideas for the book, and a beetle project that can be adapted for use with primary or upper grade students.
- Teacher's Guide to Books by Jason Chin
Jason Chin's nonfiction books make complex scientific concepts accessible to young readers. The reading strategies and activities for Gravity, Redwoods, Coral Reefs, and Island: A Story of the Galápagos are aligned with Common Core State Standards.
- Using The Omnivore's Dilemma in the Classroom
As a food detective, students will research the history, production, and labeling of food. They will think about food in the context of social studies, environmental science, and health and nutrition.
- The Omnivore's Dilemma Teacher's Guide
Get a fresh perspective on what we eat with this teacher's guide to Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, a book that investigates culinary traditions and three modern food chains. This printable literature guide includes a summary and reading comprehension questions for each chapter.
- Encyclopedia Prehistorica Teacher's Guide
Full of exciting arts & crafts projects, games, writing prompts, and research ideas, this teacher's guide to the Encyclopedia Prehistorica books will extend students' enjoyment of Dinosaurs, Sharks and Other Sea Monsters, and Mega-Beasts.
- The Bat Scientists Common Core Discussion & Activity Guide
Examine the work of real-life scientists as they study and strive to preserve bats, the second largest order of mammals. Students will consider what they know about bats. They'll research bat species, habitats, communication and current threats.
- Engaging STEM Titles for K-8 Reading
This brochure features engaging STEM titles and series for grades K-8. Find fiction and nonfiction books that will help you teach science, technology, engineering, and math.
- Digital Book Library
Brush up on your knowledge on history and earth, life, and physical sciences with these beautifully illustrated, digital reference books from DK.