Crab Moon by Ruth Horowitz; Genre: Realistic Fiction Picture Book; Daniel's mom wakes him up in the middle of the night to see the horseshoe crabs spawning on the beach. When he goes back in the morning, he finds one lone crab remaining, stranded, and saves it. This book could be used to teach the writing traits of ideas, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and presentation. It could be used to teach such writing traits as zooming in on a moment and descriptive language.
This book comes in very handy when we start discussing Writer’s Notebooks and ideas for writing! The main character realizes that there’s a story hiding in plain sight in her neighborhood. Now that I think about it, there might be a lesson about cause and effect in there too!
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