Synopsis from Scholastic:
Introduce children to a year full of inspiring Americans as you teach key reading skills! This compelling collection includes lively poems and age-perfect bios on the people they need to know: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Squanto, Betsy Ross, Johnny Appleseed, Susan B. Anthony, Cesar Chavez, and more. Perfect for shared reading and whole-class learning!
About: Famous American of the Month Flip Chart is a read aloud poems and biographies that teach young learners about must-know Americans written by Pamela Chanko. It was published on 10/1/2011 by Scholastic Teaching Resources, poster, 26 pages. This flip chart is intended for readers ages 5 to 7 and grades 2 and under. The genres are non-fiction, education, and children. Scholastic’s mission is to “encourage the intellectual and personal growth of all children, beginning with literacy.” Please see below for more information about the author and Scholastic.
My Experience: I read Famous American of the Month Flip Chart for my 5 year-old-son at breakfast time this past weekend and again as a story time and he loved it. The flip chart is big and the colors are bright so it’s an attention grabber. The pictures are awesome glimpses into what each character’s specialty are. I love the mini-biographies. They filled with quick interesting facts about each famous historical figures. Each person has a poem and a mini-biography with the year they are born and died and what each of them did that stands out. Each page is thick and laminated so it will last for a long time and won’t be easily damaged by water or anything.
My son enjoys the biography of Johnny Appleseed a lot. We read a kids book regarding him before. It’s interesting to know that he’s an important figure in our history. We also learned about George Washington being the Father of our Country. It’s amazing to find out what he did so long ago. I love these quick facts and I love that it’s written in a way that it’s easy to read and comprehend. It’s packed with important information about each person that you can’t help but wanting to read it again because it amazes you what they did. I love the story of Rosa Parks and how she’s the Mother of the Civil Rights Movement.
This Famous American of the Month Flip Chart is a great addition to kids learning. I love that such important information is being introduced to kids at a young age. I’m embarrassed to admit that reading this flip chart is a refresher course for me because many dates and facts I still have yet to memorized. I also love the choice of important historical figures in this flip chart because the people varies, from baseball major league to inventor to women fighting for the rights to vote. At the back of this poster, there is a page devoted to teaching tips for using this flip chart. I highly recommend this flip chart to everyone!
Pro: picture, famous Americans, learning, reading, biographies, interesting facts, easy to read & comprehend, non-fiction,
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Pamela Chanko, a former early childhood teacher, is an editor and writer in the Early Childhood Division of Scholastic, Inc. She is the author of numerous books for both children and teachers. Recently, she co-authored It’s Spring, a new title in Scholastic’s Hello Reader series. She holds a Masters degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Bank Street College of Education. Pamela lives in New York City.
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Scholastic for providing the opportunity for my son to learn and for me to review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.