Extend the learning with these books.
Are you reading Peter Brown’s The Wild Robot with your students? This one is always a hit! Have you ever met a kid that didn’t like robots? There’s just something about them that captures our imaginations. There’s the creative aspect of building it exactly the way you want. I also think there’s something to the idea of building a friend or helper that you then get to order around!
I like to always have an assortment of complementary books to go along with whatever we are currently reading. They help students dive deeper on certain topics and make connections to others. I try to make sure there is something there for everyone, with a wide range of topics and several different lengths and formats to accommodate different interests and reading levels.
Students always love to investigate robots, but there are so many other topics that can also be tied in while you are reading the book. There are a lot of science topics that are touched upon, as well as friendship, adoption, and survival.
Below is a list of a few great books to add to your classroom or online bookshelves during a study of The Wild Robot. Some make great short read-alouds, while others are best suited for independent reading. These books are also perfect to have on hand as research resources for individual or group projects. (My complete novel study packet has a list of 13 different culminating projects from which students can choose!)
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ADDITIONAL BOOKS THAT COMPLIMENT THE WILD ROBOT
I love adding a book or two of this format when we are talking about robots, especially if you are doing any kind of activity where the students will be creating their own robots. These books have so many different examples of what a robot can look like. It can really help to encourage students to think outside the box and stretch their imaginations to get creative! This National Geographic Kids: Everything Robotics book is a great one, but there are a few other options out there that you can always substitute if your library doesn’t carry this one. (990L)
Facts vs. Opinions vs. Robots by Michael Rex is a read aloud winner because it makes for a fun way to sneak in a lesson or quick review on facts and opinions. It also underscores the importance of understanding that people can have a variety of opinions on different topics and that opinions should be shared, and heard, with openness and respect. (A concept that we could all stand to review from time to time!)
A survival guide (or two!) are a great addition to keep on hand for independent reading. Some of your students will be fascinated with the idea of making it on their own in the woods with just basic supplies and they will want to learn all that they can of the survival skills presented in these books. There are a lot of survival books out there, but here are a few of my favorites for grades 3-5.
In The Wild Robot, Roz finds herself stranded on an unihabited island. As she explores more and more, she learns about the ecosystem of her new home. In The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth, students can learn about all of Earth’s ecosystems and and their intricate workings. (1140L)
This graphic novel series is awesome! It marries the artwork and superhero storylines of graphic novels with the factual knowledge of a nonfiction text. This is sure to catch the attention of a few of your more reluctant readers! (750L)
This is a basic, informative book on Canada geese, great for building background knowledge or a research project. (560L)
For a more in-depth read on geese, check out this book. It is long (68 pages), but the chapters are short. It is told as a story and will engage students quickly. I like to read some chapters aloud to the class, knowing that some students will want to read more on their own to find out more of Benony’s story. This book also covers migration, another topic on this list.
This book has lots of great pictures and a somewhat sparse text, which makes it perfect for upper elementary readers. It includes information about bear anatomy, diet, habitat, and more, as well as specific information on the different species of bears that exist.
This fictional story was inspired by real events is filled with lots of great background information on bears. Keep this on hand as an independent read for your more advanced readers. (820L)
This classic story makes a great independent read for 3rd or 4th graders. The story has adventure and just the right amounts of mystery and suspense. (590L)
Help your students learn more about the playful otter with this book. It has great pictures and is a bit more engaging that the standard informative book by asking readers to make observations and guesses. (630L)
This award-winning nonfiction book is not exactly an “otter book,” but the cute, furry creatures are the heroes in this story that helps to show the interconnectedness of nature and describes the work of one marine biologist as he studies a California estuary ecosystem. (1060L)
In The Wild Robot, Roz spends some time trying to adapt to her new surroundings. She studies the plants and animals in her new environment to see the adaptations that have worked for them. This is a great opportunity to dive a bit deeper into adaptations. One idea is this extension activity from The Classroom Bookshelf for exploring adaptation and design principles. These books are great complements for a deeper look at adaptations.
This book focuses on the migratory instinct of animals and gives a short description of several different migratory animals and the journeys that they take. (810L)
All of these great science topics that have ties to the book are one reason why The Wild Robot makes such a great reading selection for 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade classrooms. An in-depth study of the book, supplemented with quality complementary books, can cover so many of your ELA and science standards in one unit.
This no prep novel study for The Wild Robot has everything that you will need for a standards-aligned study of the book. It includes a student work packet with comprehension questions, as well as vocabulary work, focused questions on figurative language, point of view, Latin prefixes, and synonyms & antonyms. There is a minilesson on imprinting, a character matching game, a dice game that makes for a fun way to do a comprehensive review at the end of the book, and so much more. There are also three different assessment options to allow you to assess in a way that works best for you and your students (a vocabulary matching quiz, section quizzes to assess as you read, a basic comprehensive quiz for an end of the book assessment, and a more rigorous final exam with Part A, Part B questions). The student packet and almost all assessments (vocabulary matching quiz excluded) are available as Google Drive files to make digital assignments a breeze. The assessments and student packet are available individually as well.
I hope you enjoy adding some of these books to your study of the The Wild Robot!