Mentor Text... WHO WAS for integration

It has been a while since I have been able to link up with two of my BBB's.. the Collaboration Cuties! I absolutely LOVE their Mentor Text linky, and I have gotten so many great teaching ideas from it!

My favorite week is the Social Studies week. I am always trying to integrate Langauge Arts and Social Studies because I feel there is never enough time to teach Social Studies with all of the ELA standards I have to address. And I LOVE teaching SS.  In order to try and fix this problem this year I decided to do two things:
1.) Order the Social Studies Weekly program that is aligned with Common Core-- It is a great, interesting, and engaging newspaper type resource that students read and we complete activities with. It is great for Daily 5 buddy reading!
2.) Order a class set of the "Who Was" books.

I absolutely LOVE these books. Have you heard of them? If not, I suggest you go to Target right now and pick one up! 

I first learned about these last year during our Famous American project. I wanted to get biographies on the Famous Americans my students were studying that were kid-friendly, and could be used for research by 4th graders. I stumbled across the "Who Was Abraham Lincoln?" and I fell in love! So did my students! 

This year, I plan to start integrating these books into Language Arts from the beginning of the year. 

We will read books during reading time in small groups as well as in Social Studies that go along with our Social Studies curriculum. Here are the books we will read pieces and parts from for sure:
-Christopher Columbus
-Paul Revere
-Abraham Lincoln
-Thomas Jefferson
-George Washington
-Martin Luther King Jr.

I also plan to integrate these during our biography unit, which is a big part of our common core 4th grade standards!

I actually just read the Who Was J.K. Rowling book for fun (since I am OBSESSED with Harry Potter) and it was SO interesting. I bought a copy for my classroom library!

I plan to make up a foldable for our interactive Social Studies notebooks to complete when we are reading these books. I will definitely post it on here when it's done :)

Do you have any great Social Studies books you use? Head on over to the Cuties and link up! I'd love to learn from you!

I cannot believe I have been on this amazing journey for 1 year. I have met some unbelievable people who I truly consider friends now. Lookout for an amazing giveaway coming next weekend! I cannot wait to share it all with you :)

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Love this series of bios! I read aloud the Jim Henson one to my kids each year! Reading your post makes me want to add some more to our classroom library... Thanks so much for sharing!

    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

    1. They are WONDERFUL books :) I'll have to pick that one up!

  2. I love this series! Our 3rd grade teacher has the entire set and uses them a lot so I don't get to use them much, but I do use them at different points during the year.

    I didn't know there was a J.K. Rowling one! I too love Harry Potter and will have to check that book out for me!

    Hunter's Teaching Tales
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    1. Awe, well at least the kiddos get to read them! They are amazing. Definitely check out the JK Rowling one :)

  3. I LOVE this series and so do my students! I call them the bobblehead books. They are easy to read and give great info on the person or event it is about.

    I'm so glad you could link up! Congratulations on your blogiversary!!
    Collaboration Cuties

    1. I love the name Bobblehead books! That's totally what I think of when I look at them, too! They are wonderful for getting info :)

  4. That looks like a great series of books:) I KNOW...there is NEVER enough time to fit it all in:(((( Makes me craaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazy! Happy blogiversary:) Have a great week:)

    4th Grade Frolics

    1. LOVE the series!! There never is enough time, ugh!!!! Thanks girl :)