Sunday, July 21, 2013

Mentor Text Linky 7.21.13

We are linking up with Collaboration Cuties for the Mentor Text Linky.  This week the theme is Science.  One of our Science units at our school is Balance and Motion.  This unit can be difficult to find texts for but we have found a few, so we thought we'd share them.  

First up is the book Caps for Sale.  This book, which is an oldie but goodie, is such a fun read.  In the story, the character is a peddler that sells caps.  He balances the caps that he sells on his head.  The story is much more than this; but we take the fact that he wears on the caps on his head as a lesson in balance.  After reading Caps for Sale, we have the students try to walk with multiple caps (usually about 8-10) on their head.  They see how hard it is to keep the caps balanced while walking!  I really wish we had pictures of this activity.!!!  The kiddos get such a kick out of it and it is an activity they remember all year long.  

Next up is the book Roller Coaster.  This book is about people anticipating and riding on a roller coaster at a theme park  It shows how the roller coaster winds and twirls; zips and zooms; dips and dives.  One thing the kiddos like is the "motion" inspired words like "whoosh" and "zoom" throughout the book.  After we read this book, students make roller coasters of their own using the tools in our Science Kits (styrofoam tubes, tape, and marbles) provided by our school.  They LOVE this.  It is wild in our classrooms during this lesson for sure, but they are truly able to see balance and motion at work!  

Enjoy your Sunday! 


  1. Once again...great book ideas! Thanks ladies! I can't wait to check out Roller Coaster for our motion unit and I LOVE the ideas of using Caps For Sale for balance. Thanks for sharing!
    Two Friends In First

    1. Definitely try the caps activity! The kiddos love it!

  2. I have both of these books! I got The Roller Coaster for put forces and motion unit but I was cramming at that point. :0(

    I will have to check it out! Thank you for linking up!
    Collaboration Cuties

  3. Great ideas. I love Caps for Sale. I have never thought about using it for science. Thanks for the fresh ideas and for stopping by.

    School Is a Happy Place

    1. You're welcome! It's always nice to get new ideas!

  4. Love the Roller Coaster book! My group from last year was obsessed with roller coaster! I wish I had known about this book.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Fabulous Fifth Grade Fun