Mentor Text Linky~~Social Studies

Social Studies is one of my favorite subjects to teach, especially the history part. In our third grade curriculum there isn't too much history, so when I can, I fit it in. I'm excited to read and learn some new books in this Mentor Linky from Collaboration Cuties!

This year I came across these books from Scholastic. They are from the series called A True Book. They are available in a wide range of historical topics, places, and people. The readability is fairly easy (not sure of the level) and they are jam packed with text features. I used The Pony Express book when we were studying text features earlier this year. I only own these three right now, but my dream is to collect a class set on a variety of topics.
Here are some pictures from Amazon (sorry that I forgot to take pics of the pages in the books I have).

Like I said, every book is full of text features...captions, bold words, primary sources, maps, charts, etc. Additional resources (books and websites) are listed in the back along with a glossary. They are short paperback books which makes them perfect to use as a mentor text. It took about 3 days to read through the Pony Express and discuss the features. I used them to model other nonfiction reading strategies, like asking questions. I can see myself getting a lot of use out of a class set.  If you can't get a class set then have a couple on hand for your classroom library and as mentor text for modeling the reading of nonfiction.

Here are some other books in this series:


  1. I just got to know this series this year and I JUST used the Lewis and Clark one this past week! I love the info they choose to write about and that it's eyecatching!

    I'm glad you linked up! Boooooo for 3rd grade SS!! I'm so glad you get history in anyway!
    Collaboration Cuties

  2. These look great! My wish list has really grown today! This is my favorite linky. :)
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

  3. I love these books. I have a few of them, but I too want to grow my collection.

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  4. I'll have to check out those books from Scholastic. I am always looking for more Social Studies texts!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade


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