Sunday, August 17, 2014

From Sea to Salt

From Sea to Salt
written by Robin Nelson
2004 (Lerner Publishing)
Source: Orange County Public Library

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If you work in a K-2 classroom, your students will probably write a procedural text at some time during the year.You will also teach sequence in reader's workshop. Books like From Sea to Salt can help with both tasks. What is cool about this book is that the subject is a very common item that students (and many adults) have no idea how it is produced. Seriously, can you tell me how the salt that you have in that shaker came to rest in the container with the girl and the umbrella? Me neither. It starts with seawater. When the water evaporates, it leaves behind the salt. Spraying water on the salt will create brine which is pumped out by a pipe. The brine is transported to a machine that dries up some of the water. What is left is salt crystals and water that is called slurry. The slurry is then taken to a dryer that doesn't hold wandering socks, but instead takes out the water from the slurry. Next the salt crystals are screened into large and small crystals. The small ones are the kind that you use on your food. These small crystals are put into the cylinder container and shipped to your local grocer.

From Sea to Salt isn't flashy, but it is highly effective. Young readers can read it and learn about how to write a procedural text and practice recognizing sequence. These are skills that they will need to use often. There are other books in the Start to Finish series that would be worth investigating.

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