Mentor Monday-Nonfiction books for Teaching Sequencing

Wow, what a Monday it has been!  Things didn't progress quite how I'd planned, but I'm here to share ideas for books you might use to teach sequencing in nonfiction.  I was thrilled to hear Emily had chosen this topic because ironically, I am teaching procedural texts, nonfiction text structures, and nonfiction text features this week, so the books I'm sharing will eventually be pulled in for us to use.

Procedural Text Organizer for Interactive Notebooks
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We began today with learning what procedural texts really were.  I used this graphic organizer to help the children wrap their brains around the content, how it's organized, and what information from the texts we read are most important.  One feature I love from our Benchmark leveled readers is that they begin with a nice explanation page that sorts much of the information out for the children. The pages map out the type of information included, how it's organized, and why we need to read them. As my students read, one comprehension strategy I ask them to use is to summarize each step and record it on a flow chart.  We compare these to other nonfiction that is organized chronologically or in sequential order and talk about what these big words mean.  You might find {this handout on text structures} handy to use as you explain these terms. I chose to use this foldable set for during reading this week, and I was happy Third Grade Galore included an article too so that I could model for the students how they could mark the text for sequence.

Sequencing Foldable and Passage
Once we complete our study of these books, the next step will be to write our own procedural text.  I love having a variety of books to use as mentor texts for ideas, and these may be helpful to my readers too.  After all how many of you have read a bazillion papers about "How to Make a Peanut butter and Jelly Sandwich"??  These may get the wheels turning into a different direction.

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My favorite out of this group is definitely How to Babysit a Grandpa.  If you do not have this book in your library, The Story Lady on Youtube has shared it.  You can use the link below.

and for an added surprise, I've created a unit to go with it today.  It will be just $1.50 until Thursday, so if you're interested in using it, it's a great buy, and my whole store is 20% off through tomorrow.
For additional books that work well for sequencing, check out Emily's post [here], and be sure to come back Thursday for Thematic Thursday for ideas to make you go...Batty!  :-)  

Have a great week!

PS. I am also linking up with Kid Lit Blog Hop.  Check out all of the great books reviewed there.
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  1. Great suggestions! Thanks for sharing the book list. I love How to Babysit a Grandpa!

  2. This is a fabulous resource and we also love that book. Thanks so much for joining us on the Kid Lit Blog Hop

  3. Thank you for sharing this wonderful list of books. I am definitely going to check out How to Babysit a Grandpa. My dad has watched the kids over the years, and I know they would all get a kick out of the story. Thanks for sharing!


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