Monday, November 2, 2015

Book of the Week: Mountains of Jokes about Rocks, Minerals, and Soil

Educators often ask me which of my books would work best in their classroom. So this year, I’ve decided to feature a book each week and highlight related teaching materials and strategies.

Don’t be fooled by the title. Mountains of Jokes about Rocks, Minerals, and Soil is more than just a book of jokes. It also contains basic information about all kinds of basic earth science topics--rocks, minerals, the rocky cycle, soil, layers of Earth, crystals, volcanoes, erosion, caves and more.

And that’s not all. The backmatter includes a 6-page section about how to write jokes using a wide range of language devices, including alliteration, homographs and homophones, and rhyme. There’s no better way to get students to engaging in authentic word play.

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