Mentor Text {Ecosystems}

I am linking up today with my girls Amanda & Stacia from Collaboration Cuties today!
I know many of you are REALLY close to the end of the year, I'm jealous!  We aren't done until June and still have to complete our state testing next week!

During this time of year you are either scrambling to keep your students engaged and focused and/or thinking of all the great things you want to do next year.  If you haven't taught Ecosystems yet there is still time to order this series I just discovered!  If you're planning for next year grab them before you forget about them! :)

I found a new to me series called "What If There Were No ______?" by Suzanne Slade.  There is a book for each type of ecosystem!  Each of the books are written from the animal's perspective and describes their importance in their ecosystem.  For an ELA connection these books are also perfect for teaching or reviewing cause and effect, point of view, and compare and contrast (if you use more than one book)!

We just started our ecosystem unit on Friday by watching Brain Pop and added vocabulary to our Interactive Science Notebooks.


  1. Those books look fabulous and we are just wrapping up an animals unit!I will have to look for them in our school library. Thanks!

    My Carolina Classroom

  2. I know you {heart} recess, but I {heart} your products and ideas! I know you'll be leaving the classroom for a different job next year, but please, please tell me you'll still create 4th grade units. Especially science ones....I STINK at teaching science, and your science units have really saved me this year. Give me hope here, Jess.

    Teaching Powered by Caffeine

    1. I will Ali, I won't leave you hanging :) I will be at a 3-5 school and will create products for those grade levels. I plan to finish up all my 4th grade Science Units this summer. Let me know if there is a specific one you need. :)


  3. I love the idea of this set! It would be great to have them make their own "what if there were no..." book! :o)

  4. I love this! We study ecosystems, too. These books will be a great addition. I also love that they are told from the animals' perspectives.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Karli :)


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