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The Common Core State Standards have focused attention on process and using nonfiction in the classroom. Our Authors on Call from iNK Think Tank embody the CCSS. This team uses their extraordinary breadth of knowledge to transform today's classrooms into vital centers of learning. These authors are experts in processing enormous amounts of information, sifting through it and synthesizing it into works with added value. So why not talk to these masters of 21st century skillsand let them unpack their process for your students? They are eager to share their knowledge with you and to help you inspire your students with books kids love to read about subjects you're required to teach. So far our authors include Jan Adkins, Vicki Cobb, Heather Montgomery, Roxie Munro, Dorothy Hinshaw Patent,Carla Killough McClafferty, Aline Alexander Newman, David M. Schwartz, Alexandra Siy, Steve Swinburne , Peggy Thomas, and Andrea Warren. Keep coming back as we add more authors and new programs.

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Programs by Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

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The "We Dare You!" Video Project by Vicki Cobb (STEM and NGSS aligned)

Vicki Cobb, a well-known author of science books for kids (Science Experiments You Can Eat) is creating an unprecedented multi-media approach to...

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Discovery! Discovery! Why Scientists Love Science (STEM and NGSS aligned) by Vicki Cobb

Author Vicki Cobb's Discovery! Discovery! Why Scientists Love Science unpacks the ways mysteries of nature are approached by a different kind of...

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The Science Fair Coach, Vicki Cobb (STEM and CCSS aligned)

A science fair is an opportunity for kids to discover why scientists love science. Noted children's hands-on science author, Vicki Cobb helps kids...

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The Lewis&Clark Expedition: Dorothy Patent Tells The Story of Hardship and Discovery (CCSS aligned)

The Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804 to 1806 offers something for everyone—adventure, danger, wild animals, fascinating Indian cultures, and...

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Hitler's War Against Children: How One Boy Survived the Death Camps--by Andrea Warren--CCSS Aligned

In a nongraphic presentation,Andrea Warren, author of Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps, will introduce students to the story of one...

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What Would You Have Done?: Andrea Warren's Books About Brave Children--CCSS Aligned

Introduce students to the works of award-winning author Andrea Warren, who writes about ordinary children caught up in challenging historical...

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I Spy Magnify: Exploring the Microscopic World (STEM and CCSS aligned)

"I SPY MAGNIFY" is an interactive program for grades 1-8 based on the award-winning books by Alexandra Siy, which include BUG SHOTS: The Good, the...

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Harry Houdini:The First International Superstar (CCSS aligned) by Vicki Cobb

With words from her biography and stunning photos and posters, author Vicki Cobb tells the story of how a son of poor immigrants transformed...

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The Orphan Trains: Finding Families for Homeless Children--by Andrea Warren--CCSS Aligned

Author Andrea Warren takes students along for the journey to study the orphan trains and their impact on homeless children in the 19th and early...

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Charles Dickens: One of History's Greatest Writers and Reformers--by Andrea Warren--CCSS Aligned

We all know Charles Dickens was a great novelist, but did you know that he was also one of history's greatest reformers? Andrea Warren takes...

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What Children Experienced in the Civil War: The Siege of Vicksburg by Andrea Warren

Author Andrea Warren shares the stories of children caught inside Vicksburg during the 47-day siege that helped determine the course of the war...

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Healing an Ecosystem: Dorothy Patent Recounts the Wolf's Return to Yellowstone (STEM aligned)

Wonder why ecologists are happy when a top predator returns to its old haunts? Take a look at Yellowstone National Park, where these predators...

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George Washington: C.S.I. Meets the Biography Channel with Author Carla Killough McClafferty

Did George Washington look like his image on the dollar bill?  A dream team of scientists, historians, and artists determined to find out.  Carla...

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How Do We Know the Earth Is Moving? by Vicki Cobb (STEM and NGSS aligned)

How do we know the earth is moving when it looks like the sky is moving? Today we all know that the earth moves but most people don't know HOW we...

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Marie Curie: The Most Famous Female Scientist of All Time with Author Carla Killough McClafferty

Most people have heard the name Marie Curie, but few know what she actually did or why she is famous. In this live interactive program, Carla...

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American Holocaust Rescuer: One Man Defied Hitler and Saved Lives-Author Carla Killough McClafferty

Did you know there was an American Holocaust rescuer who saved more lives than the well-known Oskar Schindler? Or that among the 2000 people...

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Computer Geeks Who Changed the World: Tech Titans, with Author Carla Killough McClafferty

Computers are part of our everyday lives-for communicating, for research, for ordering books, pizza and more. Students today can’t imagine a world...

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X-rays: Not Just for Superman Anymore with Author Carla Killough McClafferty

X-rays are commonplace today, but when they were discovered the idea of seeing the bones of a living person was frightening. In this live...

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Shrieking with Excitement Over the Solar System by Vicki Cobb (STEM and NGSS aligned)

This fresh, new approach to a unit on the solar system combines the excitement of an author visit with Vicki Cobb with the advantages of having her...

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The Skeleton Inside You: What X-rays Reveal with Author Carla Killough McClafferty

First through third grade students are familiar with skeletons they see around Halloween. This program is an introduction to the science behind X...

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Vietnam War Orphan: One Boy's Journey to America--by Andrea Warren--CCSS Aligned

This program, based on the author's book Escape From Saigon: How a Vietnam War Orphan Became an American Boy, introduces students to America's...

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How to Find Amazing Primary Sources Online with Nonfiction Author Carla Killough McClafferty

The real thing! Every great teacher knows the value of using primary source documents in their classroom. Today, high quality images of millions...

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Brainstorming; Write Exciting Nonfiction on Any Topic with Author Carla Killough McClafferty

Do you get tired of seeing the same boring research projects from your students? Do you wish they would think “outside the box”? Have award...

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Writing Creatively About the Real World--the CCSS in Action-- by Vicki Cobb

Want your students to learn how to read for knowledge and write powerfully about the real world? Why not learn from Vicki Cobb who wears many hats...

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Digging Deeper: Researching Techniques by Vicki Cobb

How do you figure out the angle for an article or project? How do you dig up the most interesting facts? Vicki Cobb, author of books and blogs...

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Concussions and Football: Understanding the Issues with Author Carla Killough McClafferty

Concussions in football and other sports fill news reports every week. Athletes, coaches, and parents are left wondering what to think. In this...

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Mars: Exploring the Red Planet (STEM and CCSS aligned)

Mars:Exploring the Red Planet is an interactive program for grades 1-8 based on the award-winning nonfiction book, CARS ON MARS. (STEM and CCSS...

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NAME THAT BUG: Looking Closely at Insects and Spiders (STEM and CCSS aligned)

"NAME THAT BUG" is an interactive program for grades 1-8 based on the award-winning books by Alexandra Siy, which include BUG SHOTS: The Good, the...

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George Washington Plants A Nation with Peggy Thomas

What does farming have to do with the American Revolution? In this program Peggy Thomas, author of Farmer George Plants a Nation, will show how...

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Was George Washington a Scientist? with Peggy Thomas

Peggy Thomas, author of the nonfiction book Farmer George Plants a Nation, will lead students in an hour of inquiry-based learning about the...

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LET'S READ, COUNT, AND SHOUT! Having Fun with the CCSS

LET'S READ, COUNT, AND SHOUT! is an interactive program for preK through first grade that uses Alexandra Siy's book ONE TRACTOR: A COUNTING BOOK to...

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How Much Is a Million? — Place Value and Exponents Come to Life (CCSS and STEM-aligned)

The author of over 50 math and science books (including HOW MUCH IS A MILLION?) uses an abundance of props and personal stories to make essential...

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This Place Is Wet:Amazon Rain Forest by Vicki Cobb (CCSS and STEM aligned)

What's the BIG idea about the Amazon rain forest? Why is it important for the planet? What are some of its most unusual plants and animals? What...

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InstaSTEM Mini: A Short Course in Photo Research

Alexandra Siy writes books rich in scientific imagery. She Knows how find, analyze, and use quality primary source scientific imagery and teaches...

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Tips on Biographies and Nonfiction Features with Nonfiction Author Carla Killough McClafferty

What better way to reinforce what you’ve taught your students about nonfiction features and reading biographies, than having an author that writes...

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Swim, Sea Turtle Swim!

Steve takes students into the heart of a sea turtle adventure. We'll meet a scientist who is hoping to save the endangered leatherback and we'll...

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Isaac Newton’s Secret Science -- Author Kerrie Hollihan -- STEM/Common Core aligned

Isaac Newton looked to the sky and saw something no one else had figured out – how everything “up there” works in sync with everything "down here."...

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Women War Reporters: How They Wrote World “Herstory” with Author Kerrie Holllihan

When US reporters crowded into battle zones 100 years ago, women were forbidden. Young Peggy Hull took a train to Washington to plea with a general...

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MOVING HEAVY THINGS – STEM and CCSS Aligned

Moving big things has been a challenge forever, and the challenge has been met by clever people in thousands of surprising, creative ways. Author...

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The Courageous Chemistry of Dr. Percy Julian -- Author Kerrie Hollihan (STEM and NGSS aligned)

Percy Lavon Julian (1899-1975) wanted to study chemistry so badly he left home in segregated Alabama to go to college in the North. All his life...

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101 Years of National Parks and How They Almost Didn't Happen with Author Kerrie Hollihan

Award winning author Kerrie Hollihan shares the story behind the founding of America's National Parks. Using research from her book Theodore...

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Begin with a Bang, End with a Snap! How to write anything with power and clarity by Vicki Cobb

How can you write to communicate your message and engage your reader?  Children's nonfiction authors must do this or they will lose their audience....

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The Statue of Liberty's Secrets: How it was Built & Became a Symbol of Immigration-Carla McClafferty

Today the Statue of Liberty has become a symbol of the United States of America and of immigration.  But it didn’t start out that way. Find out...

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#DiscoverDL Wild Discoveries! Wacky Animals + Careful Observation = Writing Fun, by H. Montgomery

Hot pink millipedes, slime-shooting worms, see-through frogs... Nonfiction author Heather L. Montgomery will have your students peaking into...

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Wild About Research! By Author Heather L. Montgomery

Presented with wacky animals and stories of hands-on research -- in the form of a snake dissection -- students discover the fun side of research!

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Snakes! Bugs! Rats and Raptors! with Roxie Munro (STEM- aligned)

“Snakes! Bugs! Rats and Raptors!” Fascinating fun facts and dynamic full-screen realistic visuals about birds, bugs, snakes, and rodents by award...

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Art & Artists: Masterpiece Mix by Roxie Munro (STEAM-aligned)

“Art & Artists: Masterpiece Mix” is a fascinating talk on great artists, their sometimes wild stories, and the art they’ve created, based...

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Don't Get Duped: Critical Thinking, by Author Heather L. Montgomery

A bird that cries wolf, a wasp that zombiefies cockroaches, a firefly femme fatale? Nonfiction author Heather L. Montgomery uses engaging examples...

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In the Fields & the Trenches with Young Folks of World War I--Author Kerrie Hollihan

<p style="line-height:150%">Wars are fought by young people, and young people fighting wars make history—in ways great and small. This...

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Bring a Nonfiction Minute Author to Your School!by all the Authors on Call

The highly popular free blog for kids, the Nonfiction Minute has capture the imagination and the  2.5 million page views of students nationally...

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Mastering the Maze by Roxie Munro (STEM- and STEAM-aligned)

An overview of mazes and labyrinths throughout history and world cultures. Uses for mazes and labyrinths. Examples of real life contemporary...

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Does your Pet Have a Story? by Aline Alexander Newman

Want to engage your students? Focus on their pets.  Depending on grade level, this lively program includes a mix of reading, dancing, an animal...

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Ape Escapes! by Aline Alexander Newman

Orangutans are smart. Their abilities resemble those of a second-grader. And publishing is tough. It takes persistence to succeed. Using her Nat...

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RODENT RASCALS by author/illustrator ROXIE MUNRO (STEM-aligned)

Roxie Munro discusses and shows illustrations of the fascinating creatures in her new award-winning book, RODENT RASCALS: From Tiny to Tremendous -...

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LOST WATER: Our Watery Heritage! by Jan Adkins

We’re  an enormous nation connected by highways, airlines, telephones, computer webs. But we’ve forgotten what created our earliest continental...

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Buried Lives: The Enslaved People of George Washington’s Mount Vernon

George Washington owned human beings.  This program shares the true-life stories of six specific enslaved men and women who served him at Mount...

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#FreshLookatRoadkill with Author Heather L. Montgomery

From curiosity to dissection to elbow-deep (literally!) research -- writing about guts takes guts. Nonfiction author Heather shares what it took to...

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More About This Provider

Type of Organization

Other

Contact

Vicki Cobb   email@vickicobb.com
302 Pondside Drive
White Plains NY 10607
9149491104
United States

http://www.inkthinktank.org, www.nonfictionminute.org

Primary Disciplines

The programs of Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank cover:

Social Studies/History
Language Arts/English
Mathematics
Performing Arts
Professional Development/Continuing Education
Sciences
Character Education
Literacy
Writing
Reading
Problem Solving
Title I
Standards

Awards, Quotes, Testimonials

Recently, six authors attended the Chappaqua Children's book fair.  Here's what some teachers said about us: 

- When I first clicked on the link for www.nonfictionminute.org, I felt
like I found gold. In our district we do the Lucy Calkin's writing program. In
this program there is a large unit of nonfiction. I often struggle with unit
because I struggle finding mentor texts! Listening to the nonfiction stories is genius! I listened to several of them, all with the different authors and voices. Really helpful. I love this link and will be browsing throughout the year. 

- This is how I describe nonfiction to my kids- "not a fairytale, not fake."
This website will come in handy. Additionally, I was happy to explore the I.N.K website. First, the acronym is wonderful (INK-interesting nonfiction for kids) because it is true! It is imperative that students have access to nonfiction texts. I like how INK is getting educators and parents excited about nonfiction. Also, they have interesting books that teachers can use in their classrooms and they have writers who blog about up to date topics regarding Common Core State Standards and nonfiction texts. 

- I liked explored the “Nonfiction Minutes” section. They had a variety of podcasts about different nonfiction concepts. I found one that was about a small jet fighter plane that wore a “costume” during World War II.  This book would be great to reference when teaching students about World War II.