Finding literature to fit a specific grade level and topic can be a challenge!!! I have ordered many books and after I receive them, I discover that they are way too easy or way too hard for my students. I love using Amazon so that I can preview a few pages before I order. I look at their age suggestions as a guideline but I like to make my own decisions.
Starting a new grade level for me, also means building up my anchor texts for math and science. After teaching third and fourth grade, I am lucky to know what books most teachers are using in their classrooms. I hate hearing a chorus of "We read that last year!!!" I know that the kids are doing something different with the book than a previous grade, but I still like them to hear new stories.
One book that I purchased for my first science unit is "S is for Scientist." This book has endless possibilities!!! I will use this book for many lessons throughout the year. The first week of school, we will be setting up our science notebooks. I am going to focus on "Things that Scientists Do." I will have kids collect verbs in their science notebooks while I read the book. It will be a great way to show that scientists have many roles and skills. I have included a freebie below.
I also found a free teacher's guide from Sleepingbearpress.com while looking for ideas to go with the book. It has 27 pages with many ready to go sheets and lessons to fit your science needs!!!