Last week, I read two biographies about Jacques Cousteau with my 5th graders.
Here's the The Fantastic Undersea Life book trailer.
We compared the two biographies and discussed why it is important to read more than one biography about a person. The students were able to see how each biographer might focus on different aspects of a person's life. They loved both biographies. Listening to them discuss the two books, it became apparent to the students that each of them gravitated toward one or the other based upon his or her own interests. This was a fun exercise for them to witness.
There were so many interesting connections and discussions that occurred that the teachers brought the student back into the library for a visit to explore more about Jacques Cousteau. I love Jacques Cousteau and grew up watching his television series, "The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau," so am thrilled that a new generation of children find him interesting as well!
I promised the students I would post links to some of Jacques Cousteau's movies as well as other information about him. Enjoy!