Sunday, April 28, 2013

Seven Wonders - Mentor Text for Social Studies

Last week I loved reading about the Science texts other teachers use to enhance science lessons. I had forgotten about a couple of the books mentioned so the linky was a great reminder! So, this week we are tackling Social Studies Texts!

First, let's give credit to Collaboration Cuties for the linky:

Thanks again, for this great idea. Here's more info about my text for this week: 

This book, by Betty G. Birney, is a great read-aloud chapter book! It's the story of Eben McAllister, who lives on a farm with his Pa and Aunt Pretty. It is 1923 and instead of watching TV every evening (because there is no TV) Eben looks at a geography book his teacher has given him. He dreams about seeing the Great Sphinx or the Pyramids or any other Wonder of the World. Finally, his Pa challenges him to find seven wonders right in the very small community of Sassafras Springs,Missouri. If he can find seven wonders in seven days Pa will send him on a train trip to Denver, Colorado! (Eben has never been far from home and a train ride is a grand adventure for him!)
    Eben sets out with his dog, Sal, a friend, Jeb, and a very nosy not-friend Rae Ellen Hubble (which rhymes with trouble) to try to find seven amazing, awe-inspiring things in his community. He encounters tornadoes, outhouses, and weird neighbors, and he might just find some pretty spectacular things along the way.

I use this book while we are researching and studying about land forms, rocks, and minerals. We also do a little research about structures in the world made from rocks or large rock formations. This book ties in really well with this unit!

By the way, the book has some really sweet moments, it has some hilarious moments, and no dogs die (don't you just hate to read aloud those dying dog stories?!)



  1. Great suggestions, and I'm so glad no dogs die. ;) Your blog is very cute. I have an owl on mine as well. :). I love owls.
    Creating Lifelong Learners

  2. This looks like a cute book. I will have to check it out. Thanks for the suggestions!

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  3. Hee hee... now I understand why you like my blog's background. :0) I have not heard of this story and now will need to read it... especially since no dogs are harmed/die in it.

    Learning With Mrs. Brinn

  4. This looks like a great read! I will have to put it on my summer reading list... Thanks so much for sharing!

    All the best--
    Sarah @ Hoots N' Hollers

  5. This sounds like a great book! Thanks for sharing!

  6. I have never heard of this book but it sounds fabulous! I'm so glad that you linked it up! It's going in my amazon cart!!

    Collaboration Cuties


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