What are your travel plans this summer? Are you trying to fit one last trip before back to school? Here's an idea: learn about your mode of transportation before you go. This is just one way to get engage readers during the summer. Topics that students can relate to or that they find interesting are a great "starters" for independent research.
Planes- When I searched for planes, I found books from airplanes to bomber planes, drawing books to skydivng dogs. How cool is that? A skydiving Dog? I had never heard of such a thing.
From the publisher, " On a crystal clear day, a large green parachute descends from the sky. As the chute gets closer to the ground, four furry legs come into view. The creature attached to the parachute is a dog! The canine has been trained by the military to skydive from planes flying high above Earth. Once on the ground, the dog uses its keen sense of smell to seek out hidden bombs and hunt down dangerous terrorists. In this book, young readers will meet a variety of amazing skydiving dogs from Austrian military dogs that plunge from a height of 10,000 feet (3,048 m) to dogs like Otis, a 12-year-old pug in California that likes to accompany his owner, Will DaSilvia, on skydiving expeditions. Packed with real-life stories and dramatic, full-color photos of these special animals, this book is sure to be a favorite of dog-lovers everywhere."
When I first learned about Amelia Earhart, I was captivated. Celebrate Amelia Earhart day, on July 24th! You could read biographies and nonfiction books about the Bermuda Triangle.
Trains- Again, I was shocked to see a variety of books dealing with trains. Besides passenger trains, I found information on Bullet Trains and Orphan Trains.
Automobiles- Depending if you search for cars or automobiles, you are sure to find some fast moving machines.
Ships-Cruise on over to find resources that can help you learn more about ships or pirates.
Whether you are traveling or staying home, finding topics that are interesting to you or your students can take you places. Enjoy your Summer Vacation!