by Judy Newman with Alana Pedalino and Alexie Basil
Each week as my colleagues at Scholastic Book Clubs and I sit down to work on this blog, I think about three aspects that connect me to our Book of the Week. This week:
1. Seeing Jaws when it first came out at the Circle Cinema near my childhood home in Newton, Massachusetts, with Jimmy Galvin (and a bunch of friends—we always went out on group dates) and being terrified and never, ever wanting to swim in the ocean or go to Martha’s Vineyard again.
2. When Jen Chiu, my colleague at Scholastic, told us early on that her kids and all their friends were singing and doing hand movements to a song called “Baby Shark” and that it was a new craze that would make a great book series. Then I watched Book Boy Max and Katy Perry prove it!
3. How sharks (all those great whites and makos and leopards and hammerheads and baskings and Greenlands…) in fiction and nonfiction collectively form one of the most compelling topics in children’s books and really get kids reading.
It’s true! So many readers—even kids who are convinced they are “non-readers”—are fascinated by sharks. They (the sharks, not the kids) are powerful, dangerous, smart, fast, almost otherworldly, and there are so many different kinds.
Practically no one on the planet understands (1) sharks and (2) what gets kids reading better than Jerry Pallotta.
“My students loved this book! We used this book to teach students to cite evidence to justify their choice in who would win the rumble. It was a great book that led to students wanting to research more information for evidence.” —LKnight, Goodreads.com
Like the best tennis ladder or basketball bracket, Who Would Win? Ultimate Shark Rumble puts 16 different species of sharks in a head-to-head tournament to determine which is the ultimate champion of the ocean.
We hear all the time that kids love the Who Would Win? books. And with 17 million copies in print, we know that’s true for sure! And teachers love that their students get to absorb nonfiction information in such an exciting, action-packed, imaginative way with brightly colored illustrations and bursts of interesting fun facts. And that the kids are reading!
The driving mission behind this blog—and everything we do at Scholastic Book Clubs—is to support teachers as they help their students become lifelong readers. And a huge part of that mission is helping to find the right books for each child. And so we’re thrilled to help teachers introduce kids to these fascinating ocean rumblers through an action-packed favorite series!
To support Jerry Pallotta and all teachers (and families and caregivers) in our collective mission to get kids reading, we’ve crafted some winning—and teacher-approved—resources and activities, all inspired by Who Would Win? Ultimate Shark Rumble. Incorporate them into your lessons!
• Learn some exciting facts about sharks with the Book Boys
• Listen to third grade teacher Avery Lieske discuss the cross-curricular applications of the Who Would Win? series in Book Talks
• Hear from Jerry Pallotta himself in Behind the Scenes
• Have students create a billboard for their favorite shark in Cooked Up from a Book
As a special bonus this week, David Vozar imagined what life would be like if he were a shark. Have your students draw their own comics in David’s style and send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Submitters will receive their own special autographed copy of Who Would Win? Ultimate Shark Rumble!
Whether your favorite shark wins or loses, I know that Jerry’s infectious love of the animal kingdom paired with the mini-competitions in Who Would Win? Ultimate Shark Rumble will inspire your students to keep the pages turning and take a bite out of the wonderful world of sharks.
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