Monday, June 20, 2011

Nonfiction Monday: Flight (DK Eyewitness Books)

written by Andrew Nahum
(2011) DK Publishing
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher

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I've been a fact freak since childhood so I was excited to receive a review copy of Flight. Like other DK Eyewitness books, it is chock full of nonfiction text features such as labels and diagrams, exquisite photographs, and excellent back matter. Flight guides you through the history of flying machines starting with Da Vinci's notebook sketches of flying machines and hot air balloons. It ends with more modern small aircraft like the ultralight. This is one of those books that you can pull out several times during the year in science and social studies to provide a visual. You could be teaching a lesson on gravity or World War I and use Flight to illuminate a particular teaching point. For example, in North Carolina we research the Wright Brothers in fourth grade so this book would be a handy resource.  In addition to the book, you receive a CD of clip art that could be used by students in creating a multimedia presentation and a cool poster of the history of flight as well.

I shared the early history of flight with my kindergarten class and we made hot air balloons a la Steve Jenkins. We cut out geometric shapes from construction paper and created hot air balloons with rectangles, circles, and trapezoids on a blue background. Other shapes were used to show details in the sky.

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