Mentor Text Linky~~Science!

I'm linking up with Collaboration Cuties for another week of their Mentor Text Linky. This week's genre is SCIENCE!

Thomas Locker is one of my favorite authors/illustrators in the science genre. His books are poetic and the illustrations are beautifully painted!  Here are some of my favorites:

Water Dance is wonderful book if you are studying the water cycle. Here is an illustration and excerpt. In this book each page has a painting having to do with water and then a poem/riddle for each:

These books are excellent models for a study of verbs. You can also use them in a poetry unit. Students could write their own nonfiction poems about nature or another concept you are studying in science.

Cloud Dance is similar:

Sky Tree follows a tree through the seasons:

I love the simplicity of the words and the beauty of the paintings. The author does provide facts at the end of the books about clouds, water, etc. Use these during science or just for enjoyment!


  1. Wow-the illustrations are so beautiful in those books! I can imagine that I would use these books regularly in my class for a variety of literacy topics too!

    Learning to the Core

  2. Sooo fun! I have Water Dance that we use for water cycle and Stacia has Cloud Dance!! It's such a neat way to incorporate literature into science, I think! I'm so glad you linked up!! I hope you have a wonderful week!!
    Collaboration Cuties

  3. Those are beautiful! Wow! Thank you so much for sharing these books.
    Fabulous Fifth Grade Fun

  4. I have Water Dance--a beautiful book... But I do not have the others. Thanks for sharing!

    Sarah @ Hoots N' Hollers


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