Second Grade Nest: Informational ELA Mentor Texts

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Informational ELA Mentor Texts

I just finished up my Literature mentor texts blog post, check that out here.
Now, it's time for the informational texts! 

Primary Mentor Texts Suggested Book for All Common Core Informational Standards- RI Standards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade- read alouds for teachers during the ELA block

My ELA packs for k, 1, and 2 include 3 mini lessons, printables, passages, interactive notebook activities, task cards, and an assessment. Some of these activities really benefit from having books that focus on that specific standard. I have had many, many requests for a suggested book list, so I wanted to create a blog post for my ELA teachers to reference when using mentor texts for ELA! All the books that are linked in this blog post are linked to affiliate Amazon links.

Primary informational mentor text suggested book list for ask and answering question- teaching questioning and inference skills- RI.1.1, RI.2.1, RI.3.1
Ask and Answer Questions (RI.1.1, RI.2.1, RI.3.1)
-Key skills to hit- answer text-dependent questions and ask strong questions for more information
 Odd Boy Out by Don Brown
Hurricanes! by Gail Gibbons
What Makes a Magnet? by Franklyn Branley
What If You Had Animal Ears? by Sandra Markle
 Whose Tools are These? by Sharon Katz Cooper
 A Tree is a Plant by Clyde Robert Bulla

Primary informational mentor text suggested book list for finding the main topic or main idea and support key details- RI.1.2, RI.2.2, RI.3.2
Main Topic/Main Idea (RI.1.2, RI.2.2, RI.3.3) 
-Key skills to hit- finding the main topic (1st and 2nd grade) and main idea (3rd grade); finding key details to support the topic or idea
Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport
Who Has These Feet? by Laura Hulbert
I Am Amelia Earhart by Brad Melzer
Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca
The Museum Book by Jan Mark
Ivan: The Remarkable Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate

Primary informational mentor text suggested book list for finding the connections within a nonfiction text- finding technical process, scientific ideas, or historical events connections- RI.1.3, RI.2.3, RI.3.3
Making Connections (RI.1.3, RI.2.3, RI.3.3)
-Key skills to hit- connections within historical events, scientific ideas, or technical processes
Now and Ben by Gene Barretta
How People Learned to Fly by Fran Hodgkins
From Peanut to Peanut Butter by Robin Nelson
School: Then and Now by Robin Nelson
The Magic School Bus Gets Baked in a Cake by Joanna Cole
From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons

Primary informational mentor text suggested book list for finding the meaning of unknown vocabulary within a text- using context clues- RI.1.4, RI.2.4, RI.3.4
Unknown Vocabulary (RI.1.4, RI.2.4, RI.3.4)
-Key skills to hit- new vocabulary, words and phrases, context clues
Fire! Fire! by Gail Gibbons
So You Want to Be President by Judith St. George
Rocks and Minerals by Kathleen Zohfeld
Jump into Science: Dirt by Tomecek
Frog or Toad? How Do You Know by Melissa Stewart
An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston

Primary informational mentor text suggested book list for finding the purpose for text features and using these text features to understand the text- RI.1.5, RI.2.5, RI.3.5
Text Features (RI.1.5, RI.2.5, RI.3.5)
-Key skills to hit- know and use various text features
National Geographic Readers: Planets by Elizabeth Carney
Wildlife Photographer by William David Thomas
I Wonder Why the Sea is Salty by Anita Ganeri 
How Things Work: In the Yard by Lisa Campbell Ernst
National Geographic Readers: Pandas by Anne Schreiber
Little Kids for Big Book of Why by Amy Shields 

Primary informational mentor text suggested book list for finding the author's purpose for writing the text- explain, describe, answer questions-  RI.2.6, RI.3.6
Author's Purpose or Point of View (RI.2.6, RI.3.6)
-Key skills to hit- find author's point of view, compare author's point of view to their own
Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs by Houghton Mifflin
Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors by Tanya Lee Stone
Turtle Tide: The Way of Sea Turtles by Stephen R. Swimburne
If the World Were a Village by David J. Smith
You Wouldn't Want to be an American Pioneer by Jacqueline Morely
George Washington and the General's Dog by Frank Murphy

Primary informational mentor text suggested book list for using images in a nonfiction text to further understand the text- RI.1.7, RI.2.7, RI.3.7
Images in a Text (RI.1.7, RI.2.7, RI.3.7)
-Key skills to hit- use images in a text to further understand the text
Seeing Symmetry by Loreen Leedy
Timeless Thomas by Gene Barretta 
Are You an Ant? by Judy Allen
Clothesline Clues to What People Do by Kathryn Heling
I Read Signs by Tana Hoban (very early readers)
A Medieval Feast by Aliki

Primary informational mentor text suggested book list for finding the author's point and supporting reasons- finding out why the author wrote the text and how the author feels- RI.1.8, RI.2.8
Author's Point and Reasons (RI.1.8, RI.2.8)
-Key skills to hit- find the main point the author is trying to make, find the reasons the author gives for their point
If You Lived in Colonial Times by Ann Mcgovern
What If Everyone Did That? by Ellen Javernick
Hippos are Huge! by Jonathan London
The Bravest Dog Ever: The Story of Balto by Natalie Standiford 
What If You Had Animal Teeth? by Sandra Markle
Tuesday Tucks Me In by Luis Carlos Montalvan

Primary informational mentor text suggested book list for finding the difference between text structures and text organization- compare and contrast, cause and effect, and sequencing texts- RI.3.8
Text Structures (RI.3.8)
-Key skills to hit- compare and contrast, cause and effect, sequence
Who Would Win? Killer Whale vs. Great White Shark by Jerry Pollatta
Cats vs. Dogs by Elizabeth Carney
 Endangered Animals of the Jungle by William Rice
Earth: Feeling the Heat by Brenda Guiberson
Milk: From Cow to Carton by Aliki
From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer

Primary informational mentor text suggested book list for comparing and contrasting two nonfiction texts on the same topic- RI.1.9, RI.2.9, RI.3.9
Comparing Nonfiction (RI.1.9, RI.2.9, RI.3.9)
-Key skills to hit- find the important points from two texts, find similarities and differences between them
Rosa by Nikki Giovanni and If a Bus Could Talk by Faith Ringgold
 Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft and All About Animals in Winter by Martha Rustad
I am Helen Keller by Brad Melzer and Helen Keller: Courage in the Dark by Joanna Hurwitz
Looking Closely Inside the Rainforest by Frank Serafini and  Step Into the Rainforest by Howard Rice

For full ELA units with mini lessons for these books and extra reading passages (and much more), check out these 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade RL and RI sets.

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  1. What an amazing post! I have it bookmarked so I will be able to reference all throughout the year. Don't have many but hopefully the public Library can help!!!! Thank you!

  2. I love all your second grade book choices!!! I will look to see if you split up the bundle...can't afford it all right now but thanks so much!!! :-)

  3. Thank you so much for posting this! I think this will help me to better incorporate science and social studies through reading now.