Introduction to Reference Materials

This Introduction to Reference Materials lesson plan also includes:

The Incredible Book Eating Boy is an adorable story and a fun match for introducing reference materials in the elementary grades. Second graders easily identify with Henry, the main character in the story, who loved to eat books. Class members discuss why we read books, answer questions about the story, and give opinions about the story. They are then introduced to reference books and their purposes. The final activity gives young book lovers time to explore reference materials and become more familiar with them. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • If you do not have this book in your library, but do have access to a computer for presentation, a video read aloud is linked in Additional Materials section
  • Coordinate the lesson with your librarian who can direct class members to the various reference materials mentioned 
Classroom Considerations

  • The lesson plan calls for a SMARTBoard to be used for the graphic organizers, but teachers without this technology can create a poster or paper chart instead. 

  • The lesson introduces students to atlases, almanacs, dictionaries, and encyclopedias

Common Core