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Grade 3 Library Guide, PXES: Reading to Learn (Nonfiction)

A summary of mini-lessons for Grade 3 library visits.

Compelling Nonfiction (Linked to Weather)

Water Dance by Thomas Locker

This book is technically classified as fiction.  However, the contents represent the water cycle, which is generally classified as nonfiction.  Because the link to the weather unit is so strong, I have included it here.

Introduction to Water Dance:  Miss Betty's Introduction to Water Dance

Link to Water Dance, as read by Miss Betty:  Water Dance by Thomas Locker


Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride by Marjorie Priceman (Caldecott Honor)

Weather Balloon


Weather balloon being released by a meteorologist. It contains helium gas, allowing the balloon to rise many kilometres through the atmosphere. A sensor attached below the balloon (in protective styrofoam packaging, white) will measure ozone distribution up to and beyond the ozone layer at 20-30 kilometres altitude. Ozone at this level (formed by sunlight) absorbs dangerous types of ultraviolet (UV) radiation in sunlight. Chlorinated gases used by humans have decreased polar ozone levels, increasing exposure to this UV radiation at high latitudes. Photographed at the Finnish Meteorological Institute's Arctic Research Centre (FMI-ARC), Sodankyla, in Finnish Lapland. (from Brittanica's Image Quest database).

Snowflake Bentley

Hurricanes by Gail Gibbons