Using the World Almanac for Kids 2013

I really like to use the World Almanac for Kids 2013 and I usually buy a class set every couple of years. Students really like to read these books because they are filled with colorful photographs and interesting facts about kid things.

I also like to use the table of contents and the index of the almanac for lots of lessons. Picking out keywords to search for when answering a question is a real problem for new researchers, they tend to go on the internet and type in an entire question instead of just the keywords. Using the index to locate information inside a book is a good way to get them to think about keywords. With 2nd and 3rd graders, I often highlight the keywords in the questions to look up in the index. 4th and 5th graders need to be able to find the words themselves.

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This book has 14 pages of questions, word search puzzles and cross word puzzles. The questions are from the table of contents, index, a timeline on transportation, a chart about the presidents, the space section, the calendar section, and the sports section. I like students to find the answers in word searches or crossword puzzles to make it more fun.

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This is another mini-book that students put inside their lapbook. To make the book, the margins are cut off on the dotted lines and the center dotted line is cut to separate the top half from the bottom half. Stack in order of the page number and staple with a long-arm stapler.

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You can get the book from my Teachers Pay Teachers store.