Riding the Reading Roller Coaster:
Reach Outside Your Classroom

Start with a book. Start with a book on butterflies, plants, rabbits, or apples. Explore regions, land forms, or Native Americans. Create a concept map reviewing the content of the book. Then, ask questions. What's missing? Where do you need more information?

Use the Internet to make a connection. Locate an expert using one of the following expert sites:

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Bobbie Kalman
Hooray for Orchards

Read the book Hooray for Orchards. Find a school near an orchard. Or, email a farmer. Ask some questions. Compare the orchards in different areas of the world. Compare the papaya and macadamia nut farms of Hawaii with the Apple orchards of Washington.

Choose a topic that you've taught recently. Look for an expert that could answer student questions.
Brainstorm a list of things you'd need to consider when planning to email an expert with your class.

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