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August 09

Science writer Seymour Simon was born in 1931.

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Science writer Seymour Simon was born in 1931.

Grades 3 – 8
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Seymour Simon has written 200 books for children, on a wide range of topics such as anatomy, astronomy, geology, animal life, and weather. More than half of his titles have earned praise from the National Science Teachers Association. Simon's books have made science fun for children, through a combination of clear, easy-to-read factual information and beautiful photographic images.





Have your students select and explore a scientific topic in detail using Seymour Simon's nonfiction science books. Students then use what they learn to write original poetry on the topic.

  • Begin by reading a selection of Simon's books with the class and then having each student select one. Students can also explore Simon's books independently before making their choices.

  • After students have selected a book and read it, have them create a list of important ideas, details, facts, and vocabulary from the text.

  • Ask students to conduct additional research into the main topic of the book they selected. Students can use the Internet, if available, or the library. Have students use their research to add to their lists.

  • Finally, have students visit the Acrostic Poems tool. Have students create an original acrostic poem using the list of words and topics they created earlier. Alternately, students can use the Acrostic Poems mobile app.




  • Seymour Simon

    Simon's official website offers information about upcoming books as well as science links and stories.


  • Meet the Author: Seymour Simon

    This Houghton Mifflin page features brief biographical information that is written for students. It offers a discussion activity using a Simon quotation.


  • A Video Interview with Seymour Simon

    This page from Reading Rockets includes film clips in which Simon talks about his books and his writing. The page includes links to biographical information and other resources.



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Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Adventures in Nonfiction: A Guided Inquiry Journey

Students are guided through an informal exploration of nonfiction texts and child-oriented Websites, learning browsing and skimming techniques for the purpose of gathering interesting information.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

The Big, Bad Wolf...Is This a Fact?

Reading is revamped in this lesson in which students use a multimedia approach to study the books by Seymour Simon.


Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Exploring Cause and Effect Using Expository Texts About Natural Disasters

Students explore the nature and structure of expository texts that focus on cause and effect and apply what they learned using graphic organizers and writing paragraphs to outline cause-and-effect relationships.


Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Using Science Texts to Teach the Organizational Features of Nonfiction

Students explore organizational features of nonfiction science. Students then work together to create a two-page spread using those features to present information about their local environment.