Monday, November 7, 2011

Exploring Countries – Mexico

Author:   Colleen Sexton

About the Author:
Colleen Sexton has written countless books, including many non-fiction books and biographies of well known people such as J.K. Rowling. 

Genre: Non-Fiction
Grade Level: 3-5

This book shows Mexico in many different ways.  It shows where Mexico is geographically in relation to other countries, what their land is like; wetlands, plateaus, etc.  It shows what animals live in Mexico, and gives fun facts about the country.  One important part of the book is showing what the people living there do; school, work, fun activities, foods they eat, holidays they celebrate, and places that are well known.

Pre Reading Activity:
What do we know about Mexico? 

Show the cover of the book to the students and create a KWL chart with them.

Post Reading Activity:
What did we learn about Mexico?

Complete the L on the KWL chart together, and have the students write two paragraphs about what they have learned about Mexico and name one thing they found interesting about the country or its people.
I think this is a great book to use to show students about another country/culture.  It shows what Mexico looks like, and what someone’s life there could be like.  I think students could relate to this book and its informative information. 

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