Perfect Pairs
by Melissa Stewart and
Nancy Chelsey
Stenhouse Publishers, 2016
ISBN 978-1-57110-959-0 
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Each of the twenty lessons in Perfect Pairs is built around a pair of award-winning trade picture books. After extracting critical content from the books, students participate in an inquiry-based investigative process to explore key life science concepts—from ways plants and animals depend on their internal and external body parts to how food webs work , from inheritance of traits to the role of natural resources in our lives. Even if you are science shy, Perfect Pairs will help you create a classroom that buzzes with curious students eager to explore the natural world.
Research Notes
“In 2006, I began to realize that some children connect more strongly with nonfiction books, while others prefer fiction. As a result, I started pairing the books I wrote with fiction titles and developing innovative activities with the books as a centerpiece.

“When I met Nancy Chelsey in 2008, she was concerned with the way she saw teachers trying to use books to teach science. She was intrigued with my ideas, and we began a series of conversations about the most useful and practical way to combine the magic of children’s books with the wonders of the natural world.

“With the publication of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), we knew the time was right to create Perfect Pairs. By bringing together Nancy’s tremendous experience as an educator and my knowledge of children’s books, we created Perfect Pairs: Using Fiction & Nonfiction Picture Books to Teach Life Science, K-2 in 2014. Now, we are delighted to publish a companion book for teachers of grades 3-5. Together, these books offer a comprehensive science program for elementary educators.”
Reviews
“Thoroughly user friendly in organization and presentation, Perfect Pairs: Using Fiction and Nonfiction Picture Books to Teach Life Science, Grades 3-5 is extraordinarily informative and practical.”
“The book’s 20 lessons meet the expectations and rigor of the Next Generation of Science Standards for grades three, four and five. Teachers will find new and inventive ways to teach higher level thinking skills, reading comprehension, and writing skills while covering critical science concepts … If you want to supplement your science curriculum, purchase this book. If you want to integrate literacy into your science curriculum, purchase this book. If you want to provide your students with richer, more challenging science learning opportunities, purchase this book. Most of all, if you want to have fun teaching, purchase Perfect Pairs: Using Fiction and Nonfiction Picture Books to Teach Life Science, Grade 3-5.”
“…  encourages logical thinking, independent investigative skills, and collaborations that cross the line between fiction and nonfiction reading applications, making for a fine approach teachers can use to reinforce life science concepts.”
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