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Unit of Study:  ABC Informational Texts

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Unit of Study: ABC Informational Texts This page is to share the suggested list of ABC Informational Texts discussed in class and to provide a space for us to add to this list collaboratively. *Please add your first and last name and the title and author of your text with your post. Please also add a picture if available and a hyperlink to the page where we could order the book online if we choose to. 


ABC Informational Texts Text Set


Product DetailsP is for Palmetto by Carol Crane


Product DetailsThe Butterfly Alphabet by Kjell B. Sandved


Product DetailsUnder the Sea from A to Z by Anne Doubilet


Product DetailsThe Living Rainforest:  An Animal Alphabet by Paul Kratter


Product DetailsThe Icky Bug Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta


Product DetailsThe Ocean Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta


Product DetailsThe Cowboy ABC by Chris Demarest


Product DetailsWildflower ABC by Diana Pomeroy


Product DetailsK is for Kitten by Niki Clark Leopold


Product DetailsShiver Me Letters:  A Pirate ABC by June Sobel


Product DetailsOn Your Toes:  A Ballet ABC by Rachel Isadora


Product DetailsSuperhero ABC by Bob McLeod


Mentor Texts for ABC Informational Text: JOBS   Amber McDonald

     We had many mentor texts in our class for our ABC book study. We were able to have at least one book for each child to look through and have them make noticings with sticky notes. After looking through each of the books that we had we decided that writing a book as a class would be a great idea so that we could do it together before going on the endeavor alone. We knew that we had to do at least each letter of the alphabet and describe it with a letter, picture, and then a sentence about the letter so that it qualified as informational. In our 2nd grade SS standards as part of our communities studies we talk about goods and services in our community. The kids, on their own, thought that doing an ABC book on Jobs woudl be neat, since jobs are services. They did a great job taking what they knew about ABC books and applying it not only to the class book, but their own individual work.

Product DetailsSuperhero ABC by Bob McLeod

Students loved this book because it gave them a great opportunity to see an ABC book in a great fun way to read. This is on that was ALWAYS checked out of the library. I like how this book had a sentence, illustration, and letter all on one page, just as we wanted our books to be like.


Product DetailsThe Icky Bug Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta

Product Details Disney's Winnie the Pooh's A to ZZzz by Don Ferguson, 

    ABC of Jobs   ABC of Jobs( board book) by Roger Priddy  

We used this book in our class for the examples. We liked how it was an easy read book that had great pictures. It was great showing the kids an example of what we were going to be making as a class book.  


   Product Details The Butterfly Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta


*ABC Informational Text:  World War II Unit : by Kimberly Barnette


Lights on Broadway: A Theatrical Tour from A to Z, with CD Lights on Broadway: A Theatrical Tour from A to Z  by: Brian Stokes Mitchell

This book has several words for each letter on each page. The descriptions are in different text boxes on the pages.  Very colorful / vibrant for the kids.  There is also a quote on each page talking about using one of the broadway words.


A is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women A is for Abigail by Lynne Cheney


B is for Big Sky Country: A Montana Alphabet (Discover America State By State. Alphabet Series) B is for Big Sky Country by Sneed B. Collard III


J is for Jack-O'-Lantern J is for Jack-O-'Latern by Denise Brennan-Nelson


S is for Story: A Writer's Alphabet (Alphabet Books) S is for Story by Esther Hershenorn 


The ABC Book of American Homes The ABC Book of American Homes by Michael Shoulders

This book has very simple text features.  There is just bold short sentences with a picture and a brief description at the bottom.  This is a great mentor text for struggling students because of the simple structure.  It would be easy to create their own using this example as a guide.


The Vegetable Alphabet Book (Jerry Pallotta's Alphabet Books)The Vegetable Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta & Bob Thomson


F Is for Firefighting F is for Firefighting by Dori Butler 


D Is for Democracy: A Citizen's Alphabet (Alphabet Books) D is for Democracy by  Elissa Grodin

These types of books are very informative.  I like that there is an kid friendly sentence that flows with the text feature, and then there is a text box to the side of the page full of detail information about the word.  Very good to use in a social studies classroom. Pictures are vibrant and creative.


*Content Mentor Texts for World War II Information


World War II: A Primary Source History (In Their Own Words) In Their Own Words World War II by Colin Hynson 


World War II (DK Eyewitness Books)Eyewitness Books World War II by Simon Adams






ABC Informational Texts reccomended by Kelly Compton


     The ABC’s of Fishing by Mrs. Chaffey’s Class...I really liked this book for teaching my unit on ABC books. It was easy to read and first grade friendly. It is written by students. The topic is fishing and each sentence relates to the topic. The sentences are simple and to the point. It was a great guide foe my students.

           Product Details P is for Palmetto by Carol Crane

           Product Details H is for Homerun by Brad Herzog

           Product Details I is for Idea by Marcia Schonberg

SuperHero ABCSuperHero ABC by Bob McLeod...I've read this book to my students on several occations. I used it for alliterations so it was my students were familiar with it.  This book gives the the same beinging sound for each letter using a super hero as the topic. It gave my students several ideas for words to use in their writing.   



Martha Vest's ABC Unit Project 



Mentor Texts recommended by Martha Vest


I teach 6th grade math so I picked the ABC BOOK Study.  I used this with my students as a fun way to review and cement Geometry terms into their memories.


I used the following mentor texts for immersion and inspiration:


-Ashanti to Zulu by Margaret Musgrove


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In Ashanti to Zulu, Margaret Musgrove shows us the beauty of Africa. The author lived and studied in Ghana and this book proves her love for that country.


“A…is for Ashanti.  Ashanti weavers make a beautiful cloth called kente.  They weave it in bright silk threads and give each distinct design a name.”


The illustrations are gorgeous. An African couple beautifully dressed in colorful fabric admire the weavers busy at their looms.

-I Spy- AN Alphabet In Art by Lucy Mickethwait


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The author Lucy Micklethwait illustrates the alphabet with 26 of the most famous classical paintings. “Long before a child knows who Renoir, Vermeer, and Picasso are, their paintings will be familiar, friendly, and fun. There could be not better introduction to art than this unique art, alphabet, and puzzle book.”


For the S, the text is “I spy with my little eye something beginning with Pp”.  The painting is The Annuciation with St. Emidius.  Several P items to find here….palace, people walking, a peacock, and prayer.


ABC of Early Americana by Eric Sloane



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-The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns


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