Are you hoping to fire up your letter “V” lesson plan by adding volcanoes into the mix? If so, you’ll undoubtedly want to incorporate a series of books about the topic into your plans. With that said, here’s a quick rundown on several that would be suitable for classroom use:
“Pompeii: Lost and Found”
Mary Pope Osborne’s book “Pompeii: Lost and Found” would be ideal for use in a classroom setting, especially if your lesson plan includes a history segment. Like the book’s title suggests, its storyline focuses on Mount Vesuvius. In my opinion, it would pair well with Shelley Tanaka’s tome “The Buried City of Pompeii: What It Was Like When Vesuvius Exploded.” The book’s storyline covers similar ground, only with a bit more depth.
“Two Tales of Hawaii”
Terry Pierce’s “Two Tales of Hawaii” is another book to consider. Its storyline touches on the legend of the Goddess Pele as well as the formation of the islands. The book also contains attractive illustrations and a diagram of the Pacific plate. I would recommend pairing it with Mauliola Cook’s “Discover Hawaii’s Volcanoes: Birth by Fire.”
“Magic Dogs of the Volcanoes”
Speaking of legends, you may want to consider adding Manilo Argueta’s book “Magic Dogs of the Volcanoes” onto your reading list too. It features a bilingual storyline that is based on a Spanish legend. Thus, you could use the book as part of a language arts segment. You could also use it as a basis for an art activity. For example, after listening to the story, the kids could make animal masks.
“National Geographic Readers: Volcanoes!”
Anne Schreiber’s book “National Geographic Readers: Volcanoes!” is worthy of a peek too. It features basic information about the formation of volcanoes along with diagrams and photos. Personally, I like how the author compares the plates to puzzle pieces. It helps to make the subject matter easier for the kids to understand. You may want to consider pairing it with Ellen Prager’s book “Volcano: Jump Into Science.” It contains similar information and highlights some of the world’s more notable volcanoes.
Thomas Locker’s book “Mountain Dance” also made my list. Its illustrations and descriptive text are what gives it value. Thus, you may want to consider reading it prior to an acrostic writing exercise or an art activity. It would also pair well with Thomas P. Lewis’ book “Hill of Fire.” Its storyline is partially rooted in fact and focuses on a non-fatal, volcanic eruption that occurred in the 1940s.
Lastly, Stephanie Turnbull’s book “Volcanoes” would make a suitable addition to a lesson plan too. The book’s text is succinct and the visuals are engaging. It also covers a variety of topics, including the wildlife that is known to live near vents (i.e. crabs). You could feasibly read it in conjunction with Lola M. Schaefer’s book “An Island Grows.” It would be prefect for the youngest students on your classroom’s roster.
Source: Personal Experience
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