If You Lived Here

Bibliographic Information: Laroche, Giles. If You Lived Here: Houses of the World. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2011. Print.

Brief Annotation: The book goes through 16 different beautifully illustrated types of homes in various regions of the world. Each page talks about in what kind of environment your house would be, materials used to build it, when and where you would see these houses, etc.

Genre: Non-fiction

Grade Level: 3-6

Readers who will like this: Students who like learning about different cultures; students who would like to travel; students concerned with global issues.

Rating/ Response: 5 – The collage-style illustrations are beautiful and detailed, and each page of text is factual yet engaging.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: What materials is your home built with? Why do you think that?

Reading strategy: Making Connections

Rationale for strategy: You can make global social studies connections about how different homes are built using background knowledge about different environments, resources, social groups, etc, and build new knowledge and perhaps even spur research projects about other homes.

Posted by: Caitlin Miller


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