Research and Inquiry Activities

1st Grade

Book 1, All About Us

  1. Pam and Sam - Download What I Do BestWhat I Do Best
  2. I Can,Too! - Moving Animals
  3. How You Grew - Growing Up
  4. Flip - Unusual Pets
  5. Soccer - Team Work

Book 2, Our Families, Our Neighbors

  1. Animal Moms and Dads - Download Baby AnimalsBaby Animals
  2. Little Red Hen - Work Together
  3. On the Map - Neighborhoods
  4. The Pigs, the Wolf, and the Mud - Ice Castles Sand Castles
  5. Beth and the Band - Rhythm and Music

Book 3, Have Fun!

  1. On My Way to School - Riddles
  2. Smile, Mike! - Family Fun
  3. Masks! Masks! Masks! - Rhythm and Music
  4. Rose Robot Cleans Up - Recycling
  5. Kids Have Fun! - Chinese New Year

Book 4, Let’s Team Up

  1. Drakes Tail - Koala Little?
  2. Gram and Me - Chinese New Year
  3. César Chávez - Recycling
  4. The Kite (from “Days with Frog and Toad”) - Watch It Move!
  5. Animal Teams - Grounded Birds

Book 5, Nature Watch

  1. Kitten’s First Full Moon - I See
  2. Meet Ben Franklin - I See
  3. Stormy Weather - Let it Snow
  4. Happy Fall! (from “Pinwheel Days”) - Ice Castles Sand Castles
  5. A Tiger Cub Grows Up - The Tiger

Book 6, Adventures

  1. Olivia - Cats in Art
  2. Whistle for Willie - You Can Do It!
  3. Cool Jobs - Out of the Ordinary!
  4. Dot and Jabber and the Big Bug Mystery - Butterfly Symmetry
  5. Super Oscar - You Can Do It!

2nd Grade

Book 1, Friends and Family

  1. David’s New Friends - Aquarium Animals
  2. Mr. Putter & Tabby Pour the Tea - Rhyming Poetry
  3. Their Native Tongue - Finding Treasures
  4. Meet Rosina - Rhyming Poems
  5. My Name is Yoon - Immigrants

Book 1, Community Heroes

  1. Babu’s Song - Africa
  2. Tomás and the Library Lady - Historical Heroes
  3. Fighting the Fire - Firefighters
  4. One Grain of Rice - Two Tales
  5. African-American Inventors - Inventors and Inventions

Book 1, Let’s Create

  1. The Alvin Ailey Kids: Dancing As a Team - Dance!
  2. Abuelo and the Three Bears - Same and Different Fairy Tale
  3. Music of the Stone Age - Art
  4. Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type - Farming
  5. Stirring Up Memories - Poetry

Book 2, Better Together

  1. Head, Body, Legs: A Story from Liberia - Force and Motion
  2. Officer Buckle and Gloria - Fire Safety
  3. A Trip to the Emergency Room - Hospitals
  4. A Harbor Seal Pup Grows Up - Pet Care
  5. Mice and Beans - States of Matter

Book 2, Growing and Changing

  1. The Tiny Seed - Plant Parts
  2. The Ugly Vegetables - Vegetables
  3. Meet the Super Croc - Dinosaurs
  4. Farfallina and Marcel - How Animals Grow
  5. Nutik, the Wolf Pup - Wolves

Book 2, The World Around Us

  1. Dig Wait Listen: A Desert Toad’s Tale - The Desert
  2. Splish! Splash! Animal Baths - Fables
  3. A Way to Help Planet Earth - Endangered Animals
  4. Super Storms - Weather and You
  5. Pushing Up the Sky - Plays

3rd Grade

Book 1, Let’s Learn

  1. First Day Jitters - Citizens
  2. Amazing Grace - Personification
  3. Earth Smart - Types of Schools
  4. Wolf! - Wolves
  5. My Very Own Room - Architecture

Book 1, Neighborhoods and Communities

  1. Boom Town - Business
  2. Home-Grown Butterflies (from “Ranger Rick”) - Poetry
  3. Coasting to California - Ancient Communities
  4. Here’s My Dollar - Poetry
  5. A Castle on Viola Street - Volunteering

Book 1, Express Yourself

  1. Author: A True Story - Poetry/Haiku
  2. Dear Juno - Telephone History
  3. Messaging Mania - Online Safety
  4. What Do Illustrators Do? - Animation
  5. The Jones Family Express - Transportation

Book 2, Our Teams

  1. Seven Spools of Thread - Day and Night
  2. Nacho and Lolita - Cooking Show
  3. A Solution to Pollution - Volunteering
  4. Ramona and her Father - Poetry
  5. Out of This World! The Ellen Ochoa Story - Poetry

Book 2, Those Amazing Animals

  1. Penguin Chick - Cinquain Poetry
  2. Animal Homes - Unusual Animals
  3. Call of the Wild - Animals
  4. Wilbur’s Boast (from “Charlotte’s Web”) - Fables
  5. Unique Animals - Foreshadowing

Book 2, Storytellers

  1. Stone Soup - Lunch
  2. The Strongest One - Wiley and the Hairy Man
  3. Tales of the Trickster - Storytelling
  4. Cook-a-Doodle-Doo! - Cooking Show
  5. One Riddle, One Answer - Fairy Tales

4th Grade, Book 1

Growing Up

  1. My Diary from Here to There - César Chávez
  2. The Adventures of Ali Baba Bernstein - The Arabian Nights
  3. Kids Reporters at Work - Volunteering
  4. The Astronaut and the Onion - Poetry
  5. Because of Winn-Dixie - Free Verse

Making a Difference

  1. My Brother Martin - Writing Letters
  2. Mighty Jackie - Bridget “Biddy” Mason
  3. Making a Splash - The Paralympics
  4. Wild Horses - Tall Tales
  5. Mystic Horse - The Pony Express

The Power of Words

  1. When I Went to the Library - Snake Facts
  2. Dear Mrs. LaRue - Border Collies
  3. Ranita, the Frog Princess - Tales Told Around the World
  4. Words Add Up to Success - Great Speeches
  5. Me and Uncle Romie - Be a Digital Artist

Working Together

  1. The Cricket in Times Square - Bats
  2. The Life and Times of the Ant - Fables
  3. Writing on the Wall - Global Youth Service Day
  4. The Earth Dragon Awakes - Earthquake
  5. My Brothers’ Flying Machine - Narrative Poems

Habitats

  1. A Walk in the Desert - Build a Food Chain
  2. Roadrunner’s Dance - Trickster Tales
  3. Animals Come Home to Our National Parks - Yosemite National Park
  4. At Home in the Coral Reef - Myths
  5. Adelina’s Whales - Limericks

Problem Solving

  1. Leah’s Pony - Journal Entry
  2. The Gold Rush Game - Gold
  3. Taking the Lead - Global Children’s Organization
  4. Snowflake Bentley - Haiku
  5. How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning - Concrete Poems

5th Grade, Book 1

Taking a Stand

  1. Goin’ Someplace Special - Civil Rights
  2. Shiloh - Careers
  3. Maya Lin, Architect of Memory - National Monuments
  4. The Night of San Juan - Let’s Surf!
  5. Sleds on Boston Common - Narrative Poetry

The American West

  1. Valley of the Moon: The Diary of Maria Rosalia De Milagros - Settling the West
  2. A Historic Journey - Studying Nature
  3. Black Cowboy Wild Horses - Song Lyrics
  4. Davy Crockett Saves the World - Tall Tales
  5. When Esther Morris Headed West - Women's Suffrage

Using Your Wits

  1. The Catch of the Day, A Trickster Play - Fables
  2. The Golden Mare, The Firebird, and the Magic Ring - Cinderella Tales
  3. Tricky Tales - Corridos
  4. Blancaflor - Rancho Life
  5. The Unbreakable Code - Cinquains and Other Kinds of Poems

Team Up to Survive

  1. Spirit of Endurance - The Poles
  2. Ultimate Field Trip 5: Blasting Off to Space Academy - Mythology
  3. Heroes in Time of Need - Go Travel!
  4. Zathura - Astronomy
  5. Skunk Scout - National Parks

Investigations

  1. Hidden Worlds - Poems
  2. These Robots Are Wild! - Discoveries and Inventions
  3. Up in the Air: The Story of Balloon Flight - Write a Haiku!
  4. Hurricanes - Hurricane Poetry

Changes

  1. Miss Alaineus - National Spelling Bee
  2. Carlos and the Skunk - Animal Defenses
  3. A Dream Comes True - Paralympics
  4. Weslandia - Hybrid Produce
  5. The Gri Gri Tree - Whales

6th Grade, Book 1

Our Stories

  1. Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street - Interviews
  2. Breaking Through - Mentors
  3. A Life in Words - Libraries
  4. LAFFF - Science Fiction
  5. The Case of the Phantom Poet - Movie Survey

Ancient Civilizations

  1. The Emperor’s Silent Army - Lyric Poetry
  2. These Walls Can Talk - Life as an Inca
  3. Lost City: The Discovery of Machu Picchu - Machu Picchu
  4. The Magic Gourd - African Folktales

A Question of Values

  1. Juan Verdades - Cowboy Life
  2. Rumpelstiltskin’s Daughter - Myths
  3. Saving Grace - Helping Others
  4. Ta-Na-E-Ka - Fables
  5. Honus and Me - Collections

Achieving Dreams

  1. Seeing Things His Own Way - Yorick the Bionic Skeleton
  2. Major Taylor: Champion Cyclist - Poetry Fun
  3. Take a Bow - Jobs
  4. Leonardo’s Horse - Early Flying Machines
  5. How Tía Lola Came to Stay - Baseball

Our Incredible Earth

  1. Volcanoes - Myths
  2. The Dog of Pompeii - Pompeii
  3. The Big One - Volcanoes
  4. Icebergs and Glaciers - Poetry
  5. Exploring the Titanic - Tall Tales

Rescue 9-1-1

  1. Summer of the Swans - Rescue Dogs
  2. Interrupted Journey - Poetry
  3. Building Green - Energy
  4. The Great Serum Race - Haiku
  5. The Great Fire - Alexandria’s Royal Library