MIKE GRAF

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Mike Graf has taught gifted classes in elementary schools, been a TV weatherman, and presently teaches at Chico State University. When Mike visits schools he gives presentations on weather, national parks, caving, writing children's books, the writing process, science, and gifted education.

Mike has backpacked the world's national parks, interviewed storm-chasers and special-effects wizards, met the last surviving Angel Island immigrant, rafted through spectacular caves, researched wolf restoration, rock-climbed in Yosemite, explored ghost towns, and much more. His children's books reflect all these experiences and more.

When Mike wrote a weather unit for teachers, his lesson plans, worksheets, and experiments became THE WEATHER REPORT which was picked up by The Weather Channel. His newest ventures take readers into the National Parks and to the many countries and continents of the world.

Mike Graf writes fiction as well and his books have a lot of dialogue, action, and dramatic tension. Cave Story and Tornado! follow the adventures of Tim who is caught in a tornado and lost in a cave. His other adventure book topics include coal mines, dinosaurs, wolves, and blackwater rafting.
Mike's National Parks Adventure series, "Adventure with the Parkers" now has 8 titles out in Zion/Bryce, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Great Smoky Mountains, Olympic, Rocky Mountain, and Glacier. Look for more adventures soon!

Mike loves visiting schools. He has taught and conducted workshops and presentations on weather, national parks, speaking, children's book writing, and science, among other topics.

 "To see a recent weather broadcast from Mike, click here".

PUBLISHED BOOKS

Storm: The Awesome Power of Weather (Infinity Series)
by Mike Graf (author) Reading level: Ages 9-12 Hardcover: 64 pages Publisher: American Education Publishing (February 15, 2011)
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The Infinity series delivers an absorbing, exhilarating learning experience that will capture the attention of even the most reluctant reader. The books present interesting facts and amusing trivia through photography, beautiful illustrations, and narratives. Interactive features, such as fold out posters, gatefolds, and flaps help readers experience significant things and events in a meaningful, hand-on way. The books are just the beginning!

 

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Look for Mike's National Park Adventure Series at some of the best parks in the US!  

Mount Rushmore, Badlands, Wind Cave: Going Underground (Adventures with the Parkers) by Mike Graf (Author), Leggitt Marjorie (Illustrator) Paperback: 96 pages Publisher: FalconGuides; First Edition, (March 20, 2012)

ISBN-10: 0762779683 ISBN-13: 978-0762779680  

James saw something unusual sticking out of the ground. “Hey, you guys!” he called out with nervous anticipation. Morgan and Mom jogged over to the gully for an inspection. Mom kneeled down for a closer look. Then she stood up and touched her chin.

“Wow!” she exclaimed. “That is definitely not a rock.”

 

What did James find? Join the Parkers, an intrepid family of four, as they go underground at Wind Cave, experience severe thunderstorms in the Badlands, and witness poachers illegally taking fossilized bones. What will happen when the family spots the criminals on the Presidential Trail at Mt. Rushmore the next day?

 

Glacier National Park: Going to the Sun (Adventures with the Parkers)

by Mike Graf (Author), Marjorie Leggitt (Illustrator) Paperback: 96 pages Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing (April 1, 2010)  

ISBN-10: 1555916716 ISBN-13: 978-1555916718
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In the eighth book in the Adventures with the Parkers series, the Parkers visit Glacier National Park in Montana. As they enjoy the waterfalls and uniquely sculpted mountains while the park's glaciers glimmer above them, the Parkers learn that because of global warming, the glaciers may not last much longer. During their family hikes they encounter a lot of wildlife, including moose, mountain goats, and grizzly bears, but the smoke and flames of summer fires may thwart their vacation plans. Will Dad be able to bike over Going-to-the-Sun Road in celebration of his fortieth birthday?

 

Rocky Mountain National Park: Peril on Longs Peak (Adventures with the Parkers)
by Mike Graf (Author), Marjorie Leggitt (Illustrator) Paperback: 96 pages Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing (April 1, 2010)

ISBN-10: 1555916678 ISBN-13: 978-1555916671
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In the seventh book in the Adventures with the Parkers series, the family heads to Colorado to visit the high peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park. When the snow clears, the park's many famous sites are on display: Trail Ridge Road, spectacular wildflowers, elk, waterfalls, and unique alpine tundra. The family's big adventure? A hike up Longs Peak, a Colorado "fourteener." But afternoon storms pelt the family during their training hikes, and they begin to question the wisdom of a nighttime summit ascent.

 

Great Smoky Mountains: Ridge Runner Rescue (Adventures With the Parkers)
by Mike Graf (Author)
Reading level: Ages 9-12 Paperback: 96 pages Publisher: Fulcrum Pub (March 31, 2009) 

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In the fifth book of the Adventures with the Parkers series, the family heads east to the most visited national park in the country: the Great Smoky Mountains. The Parkers enjoy backpacking along the Appalachian Trail, where they learn the unusual history of the area and experience the amazing diversity of the park, spotting both synchronized fireflies and the world s largest salamander. Along the way, they learn about the Walker sisters, some of the Smokies last residents before the area became a national park. But will the adventure end when Morgan comes down with a mysterious illness?

Olympic: Touch of the Tidepool, Crack of the Glacier(Adventures With the Parkers)

 by Mike Graf (Author) Reading level: Ages 9-12   Paperback: 96 pages Publisher: Fulcrum Pub (March 31, 2009)

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 In book six of the national park adventure series, the Parkers journey to the Pacific Northwest to explore Olympic and its three spectacularly diverse regions. With their usual intrepid spirit, James, Morgan, Mom, and Dad explore the tide pools along the coast, hike through Olympic s dense rain forest, and backpack to the high country to experience the famed alpine scenery and immense glaciers. Treacherous mountain terrain could stop them in their tracks. Could it prove to be ultimately too dangerous?

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by Mike Graf  Reading level: Ages 9-12 Paperback: 96 pages Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing 2006 ISBN: 1555915337 order.gif (1197 bytes) 94X32-W-LOGO.GIF (1338 bytes)
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ATT00049.gif (1272 bytes) Grand Canyon: Tail of the Scorpion, has been nominated and is in the top 6 finalists to be the 2009 ONEBOOKAZ for Kids selection

Tail of the Scorpion was picked as a finalist in the children's fiction category as one of the best books for kids in 2006!" USABOOKS.COM
Selected as a Teachers' Choice
Awards SM for the Family WINNER for 2006! 

 
"Great news for the Adventures with the Parkers series! Both Tail of the Scorpion and Danger in the Narrows have won.
Teachers from across the United States judged the entries and enjoyed
evaluating these exceptional products.  The books received excellent reviews
from our panel of teachers." Learning Magazine 
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Adventures With the Parkers - Bryce Zion: Danger in the Narrows
by Mike Graf  Reading level: Ages 9-12 Paperback: 96 pages Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing 2006

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ATT00049.gif (1272 bytes)School Library Journal Review - Morgan and James Parker, ten year old twins set off to southern Utah to explore Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks with their parents, who had worked at Zion when they were in college. This adventure story is filled with interesting information about the parks, pictures, maps, and diagrams that help explain the landscape, climate, and topography of the area. The family members each keep a journal and the various entries help to personalize their experiences. They help to rescue an injured woman while hiking, encounter a rattlesnake, and must spilt up to perform their own missions to help Mr. Parker, who slips and falls in the Narrows during a rainstorm. Graf is clear about the cautions that must be exercised when camping and hiking in wilderness areas. The events that the Parkers experience are realistic and quite common, and the full-color photographs are spectacular. An appealing array of nature sketches and depictions of the Parkers also appear throughout. At the conclusion of the story, Morgan and James list their top ten places to see for each park which could serve as a helpful list for families planning a trip. Delia Carruthers, Sunset Ridge Middle School, West Jordan, Utah

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(Adventures with the Parkers)

by Mike Graf  Reading level: All Ages Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing (March 2007)
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Reviews

 A dramatic Parker Family adventure through the only National Park equal to its fame; Yellowstone. Visiting burbling geysers and viewing wild life galore create lots of things for the Parker twins to write about in their journals. But, it is their family back pack trip into the back country that brings them face to face with Mother Nature and the eyes of a grizzly bear. Great writing by Mr. Graf put me on the edge of my seat.- Marsha Holland Literacy Coordinator Garfield County Volunteer Center Tropic, Utah

"I finished reading Eye of the Grizzly.   It was fantastic as well as educational!  I was especially intrigued by the episode with the grizzly!  My heart skipped a few beats just reading about the Parkers' encounter with the bear!  I used to live in Montana as a high school student and one of my fears was to encounter a bear.  I think I would have died on the spot if I was in the Parkers' situation.  It was all so realistic!  The cover was impressive.  It illustrates the story well. Thanks for sharing!"  Sandy Johnson, librarian at Bryce Valley High School in Utah.

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(Adventures with the Parkers)

by Mike Graf  Reading level: All Ages Paperback: 96 pages Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing (March 2007)
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Review
Climbing big granite walls, hiking high county trails, cruising giant sequoias groves, and mischievous campground raiding bears fill this Parker Family adventure in Yosemite. Yosemite is a National Park close to my heart; a place where I first went backpacking and spent many days hiking and climbing as well. Reading Mr. Graf's wonderful and often breathing-taking vacation adventures of the Parker family made me want to grab my back pack and head for the high country.  -- Marsha Holland Literacy Coordinator Garfield County Volunteer Center Tropic, Utah

The Adventures with the Parkers are Back!!!
Falcon Guides and Globe Pequot Press announce the release of nine books now in the Adventures with the Parkers series! All the originals are back:
 
*Danger in the Narrows (Zion and Bryce)
*Tale of the Scorpion (Grand Canyon)
*Harrowing Ascent of Half Dome (Yosemite)
*Eye of the Grizzly (Yellowstone)
*Crack of the Glacier, Touch of the Tidepool (Olympic)
*Ridge Runner Rescue (Smokies)
*Peril on Long’s Peak (Rocky Mountain)
*Going to the Sun (Glacier)
 
Now out for the first time book #9 in the series, Going Underground where the Parkers journey to Badlands, Wind Cave and Mt Rushmore for more adventures!! Also, look for the debut of In the Land of Standing Rocks the Parkers journey in Arches and Canyonlands—two spectacular Utah parks to be released in the fall of 2012. Further, I will be travelling to Acadia and the Grand Tetons to produce two more Parker adventures due out next year.
 
Mike Graf’s Adventures with the Parkers books may be ordered through the following suppliers
FalconGuides/Globe Pequot Press: 1-203-458-4541 www.falcon.com or Amy.Alexander@globepequot.com
Baker & Taylor btinfo@btol.com or 1-800-775-1800
Bookazine 1-800-221-8112 or 1-201-339-7777
Brodart 1-800-233-8467 or support@brodart.com
Ingram Book Company 1-800-937-8000 or orders@ingrambook.com

You can purchase the entire set through me—all nine for $100.00 and I’ll pay the shipping!!! (And I’ll also sign the books!)
 
Happy Travels,                                                                                                         

Weather Lab Kit
Complete Weather Station
Teacher Developed/Classroom Tested

A self-contained weather station with post spike.

The instrument box is double roofed with latticed double layered sides and a master key lock for security. Instruments include min/max thermometer, barometer, rain gauge, wind sock, pocket anemometer, sling psychrometer, liquid filled compass and clip board for data collection.

Instructions written by a working meteorologist. Designed to meet National Weather Service specs. Developed by Meteorologist Michael Graf. Some assembly required.
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This product is Teacher Developed / Classroom TestedScience Kit developed the Cloud Kit with Mike Graf. Mike taught fourth and fifth grade and gifted and talented students for nine years. Mike is a meteorologist, a former Weather-caster for several television stations in CA and has worked for the Weather Channel in the education department. We hope you enjoy these cloud activities. The kit includes two sets of lesson plans and student activities geared to Pre-K - 3rd grade and 4th grade - 8th grade. Also Included is a color-coded cloud identification chart and Daily Cloud Chart.   order.gif (1197 bytes)

  
  

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From Thomson Learning!

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Author: Mike Graf
Reading Level: 4-8
ISBN: 0170116972 
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Journeys of Critical Literacy
Simon and Monty have been rock climbing for years. But Simon can't walk and Monty can't hear well. How do they get up that rock? How do they work together and communicate as a team?
And this time, when they climb, Simon discovers that there is more to the cliff they are scaling than the guides know about.....GRAF_BOOK_COVERS_THOMSON_THE_ACCIDENT.jpg (13032 bytes)

 
Author:Mike Graf 
Reading Level: 27 Year Level: 5 
ISBN: 0170121712
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Robbie gets to ride his bike to his own birthday party.
He is filled with excitement as he heads to the roller skating
rink. But on the way, an accident happens
and things don't go according to plan.

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Author:Mike Graf 
Reading Level: 27 Year Level: 5
Subject: English  Theme: Weather 
ISBN: 0170099237
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Author: Mike Graf  
Reading Level: 28 
Year Level: 5  
Subject: English 
Theme: Animals 
ISBN: 0170099245 
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Author: Mike Graf 
Reading Level: 27 
Year Level: 5
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Subject: Science
Theme: Science 
ISBN: 0170099385
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Author: Mike Graf 
Reading Level: 29 
Year Level: 6
Subject: English
Theme: History

ISBN: 0170108090
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Author: Mike Graf 
Reading Level: 29 
Year Level: 6
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Subject: English
Theme: Adventure 

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Author Mike Graf
Reading Level:30
Year Level6
Subject: English
Theme:Technology

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From Thomson Learning!

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Author: Mike Graf
Reading Level: 4-8
ISBN: 0170116972 
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Journeys of Critical Literacy
Simon and Monty have been rock climbing for years. But Simon can't walk and Monty can't hear well. How do they get up that rock? How do they work together and communicate as a team?
And this time, when they climb, Simon discovers that there is more to the cliff they are scaling than the guides know about.....GRAF_BOOK_COVERS_THOMSON_THE_ACCIDENT.jpg (13032 bytes)

 
Author:Mike Graf 
Reading Level: 27 Year Level: 5 
ISBN: 0170121712
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Robbie gets to ride his bike to his own birthday party.
He is filled with excitement as he heads to the roller skating
rink. But on the way, an accident happens
and things don't go according to plan.

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Author:Mike Graf 
Reading Level: 27 Year Level: 5
Subject: English  Theme: Weather 
ISBN: 0170099237
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Author: Mike Graf  
Reading Level: 28 
Year Level: 5  
Subject: English 
Theme: Animals 
ISBN: 0170099245 
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Author: Mike Graf 
Reading Level: 27 
Year Level: 5
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Subject: Science
Theme: Science 
ISBN: 0170099385
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Author: Mike Graf 
Reading Level: 29 
Year Level: 6
Subject: English
Theme: History

ISBN: 0170108090
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Author: Mike Graf 
Reading Level: 29 
Year Level: 6
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Subject: English
Theme: Adventure 

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Author Mike Graf
Reading Level:30
Year Level6
Subject: English
Theme:Technology

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OTHER TITLES

How Does A Cloud Become A Thunderstorm? (How Does It Happen?)

 by Mike Graf Mike Graf (Author) › Visit Amazon's Mike Graf PageFind all the books, read about the author, and more.See search results for this author Are you an author? Learn about Author Central (Author) Reading level: Ages 9-12  Paperback: 32 pages

Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree (October 15, 2009)

ISBN-10: 1410934527 ISBN-13: 978-1410934529

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Explores the causes and effects that shape our world and
demonstrates how scientific phenomena occurs


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by Mike Graf Reading level: Ages 9-12 Paperback (August 1998) Athenaeum;
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 What happens when a plane is hit by lightning? Why does lightning look like a streak one time and a ribbon or row of glowing balls another? How do rocket ships create lightning as they fly? These questions and many more are answered in this book that also includes unforgettable personal accounts by people who have been struck by lightning. Chock full of fun facts, fascinating activities, colorful photographs -- plus so much more!
The forecast is bright for this innovative new nonfiction series. Exciting descriptions are given of nature's most spectacular events, basic meteorological information, safety tips, and dramatic full-color photos.

 

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Rock Climbing
by Mike Graf
Reading level: Ages 9-12 Library Binding: 56 pages
Publisher: Perfection Learning (August 1, 2003
Theme: Adventure 
Flesch/Kincaid Reading Level 4.9
Levels Interest Level 4-9 )

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Paperback: Publisher: Perfection Learning (June 1, 2004)
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Glow Worms

by Mike Graf's book about Glow Worms, which is the larva stage of an insect called the fungus gnat.

  The book is part of the Making Connections programdeveloped by Educators Publishing Service, a
division of Delta Education, LLC and by Harcourt Education,
a division of Reed International Books
Australia Pty Ltd.

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by Mike Graf, Illustrated by Paul Kenya 
published by Educators Publishing Service for their Comprehension Library, Making Connections Series. It's a story about a brother and sister who like to surf, and they discover a beached whale, which they help rescue.

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   Mailbox.gif (1210 bytes) email: mailto:mgraf@aol.com
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Cave Story
by Mike Graf
1998 Perfection Learning
paperback
ISBN 078912145X 
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An Underground Adventure. Tim started feeling claustrophobic. Panic set in. He tried to turn around but there wasn't room. It was too tight and narrow. "Calm down," he told himself. He took a few deep breaths. then he slid backwards using his hands and knees. Cave Story is an adventure story that interweaves fact and fiction. Readers will learn about cave exploration, etiquette, geology, and wildlife as they follow the exciting adventures of a young boy who is lost in a cave.

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Tornado! the Strongest Winds on Earth
by Mike Graf 

Reading level: Ages 9-12
Library Binding: 56 pages
Publisher: Perfection Learning (August 1, 1998)
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Paperback: Publisher: Perfection Learning (December 1, 1999)
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Tim gives his report on how tornadoes are formed
just before one touches down in his town.

MIKE GRAF'S National Park Books
are non-fiction resourcebooks for children

Mike says, "I am a national park fanatic and have written fiction, non-fiction, and teacher books on the parks for years. I also do school presentations and workshops on National Park education."
" In my summers, I often hike, camp, and backpack in our national parks."
"I visit parks all year long and have personal reference contacts in each park. As a teacher I have also developed school-wide, public national park fairs where the students become "rangers" of the national parks."

GRAFBOOKCOVERSCAPSTONEEVERGLADES.jpg (246641 bytes)24 pages,
Ages 9-12
Edition: School & Library Binding
Publisher: Bridgestone Books (2003)
ISBN: 0736822194

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GRAFBOOKCOVERSCAPSTONEGLACIER.jpg (259733 bytes)24 pages,
Ages 9-12
Edition: School & Library Binding
Publisher: Bridgestone Books (2003)
ISBN: 0736822208

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Ages 9-12
Edition: School & Library Binding
Publisher: Bridgestone Books;(2003)
ISBN: 0736822216

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GRAFBOOKCOVERSCAPSTONEZION.jpg (246342 bytes)24 pages,
Ages 9-12
Edition: School & Library Binding
Publisher: Bridgestone Books;(2003)
ISBN: 0736822224

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24 pages,
Grades 4-8
Edition: School & Library Binding
Publisher: Bridgestone Books;
ISBN: 0736813764

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Grades 4-8 
Edition: School & Library Binding
Publisher: Bridgestone Books;
ISBN: 0736813799

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Grades 4-8
Edition: School & Library Binding
Publisher: Bridgestone Books;
ISBN: 0736813802

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24 pages,
Grades 4-8
Edition: School & Library Binding
Publisher: Bridgestone Books
ISBN 0736813756

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24 pages,
Grades 4-8 
Edition: School & Library Binding
Publisher: Bridgestone Books
ISBN: 0736813772

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24 pages,
Grades 4-8
Edition: School & Library Binding 
Publisher: Bridgestone Books
ISBN: 0736813780

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The Weather Report has been used by The Weather Channel's education department ever since it came out. It is considered an outstanding teacher resource for weather education.

The Weather Report (Japanese Version) (1996) Translated version of The Weather Report. Published by The English Agency of Japan

MGNATPARKS.GIF (11456 bytes)National Parks Projects by Mike Graf  Paperback (June 1993) Fearon Teacher AIDS;    

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Using an integrated approach that encompasses all curriculum areas, students prepare posters, maps, speeches, debates, and displays to highlight their findings Students will be bussing with enthusiasm and energy as they creatively design ranger stations to feature their knowledge at a national parks fair.

National Parks Projects is sold at many national park visitor center book stores throughout the country.

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These resource books can be used for school projects or fairs on national parks.

Other books

Weather (Scienceworks for Kids) Paperback: 80 pages Publisher: Evan-Moor Corp; (March 2002) wpeC.jpg (6768 bytes)
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Weather presents information and investigations on these six concepts:
Weather changes from day to day and over the seasons.
Weather conditions can be described in measurable quantities.
Water circulates through Earth’s atmosphere.
Clouds directly affect weather.
Climate is affected by Earth’s features.
Local weather conditions can be used to forecast weather.

A finalist in the Association of Educational Publishers distinguished achievements award

 

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School & Library Binding: 32 pages
Publisher: Capstone Press; (January 2004)
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ISBN: 0736824847
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The Amazon River

by Mike Graf, Reading level: Ages 9-12 Edition: School & Library Binding  
32 pages Publisher: Capstone Press; (January 2004)  
 
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White-Water Kayaking
by Mike Graf
Edition: School & Library Binding
School & Library Binding: 48 pages
Publisher: Capstone Press; (January 2004)

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Countries of the World Series

mgfull_Somalia.jpg (51810 bytes)by Mike Graf
School & Library Binding
(2002)
Bridgestone Books

 ISBN: 0736811087
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mgfull_Switzerland.jpg (173353 bytes)by Mike Graf
School & Library Binding
(2001)
Bridgestone Books

ISBN: 0736811095

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Nonfiction Reading Practice, Grade 5, Publisher: Evan-Moor Corp; ISBN# 1557999449 Here you’ll find 20 content-specific topics in the following areas:

  • social studies — Iroquois Indians, Stonehenge, Ernest Shackleton, the Battle of Little Bighorn, and the Ring of Fire
  • science — magnetism, brine shrimp, the water cycle, cloud seeding, and John Muir
  • health & safety — sun safety, bicycle safety, and Mark Wellman
  • mathematics — batting averages, global warming, and measuring length
  • the arts — West African dance, plays, Charles Schulz, and the Seattle Space Needle

In each of these units, you will find the following:

  • a teacher resource page that introduces the topic and lists suggested vocabulary to introduce for each article
  • a visual aid that presents the topic graphically to the entire class 
  • three articles on the same topic, but at three different reading levels
  • three accompanying comprehension/vocabulary worksheets  
  • Graphic organizers and a reading strategies checklist are provided for teacher and student use. An answer key is included.

wpeB.jpg (12433 bytes)History Pockets Publisher: Evan-Moor Corp;  ISBN# 1557999058
Each book in the History Pockets series contains 7 to 11 pockets of history activities. For every pocket book there are reading, writing, and “make-it” projects that extend the historical concept being presented and studied. The following resources are provided:

  • an overview page that describes the activities in each pocket
  • complete teacher directions for all activities
  • a reproducible label for each pocket
  • historical background information
  • historically accurate illustrations
  • maps, charts, and time lines

    The following activities are included:
  • informational reading and writing opportunities
  • historically-based arts and crafts projects and patterns
  • culminating evaluation and reflection forms

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3 Books that are part of Rigby's 4th/5th grade literary reader series. They are published by Rigby Publishers as part of their literary reader series for upper elementary grades and can be ordered from the publisher by schools and districts.

 

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Weatherwise by Mike Graf  1998 (Frank Shaffer)   J804902_cv_gif.gif (15875 bytes)  

Weather Wise is a complete guide to teaching the essential concepts of weather. It includes fun activities and worksheets, plus complete instructions for building your own weather station. Students will learn about air pressure, convection, wind chill, and forms of precipitation. These lessons will come alive when students do simple activities such as make a wind vane, a rain gauge, and even their own clouds, dew drops, and tornadoes.

 

Other Books

Harcourt Achieve Books
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Mito and his father go into dinosaur canyon for a photo shoot. Mito isn't prepared for the effects the famous canyon seem to have on the toy dinosaurs they are taking pictures of. Mito sees strange and wonderful changes, will he and his father make it out of the canyon safely?

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ISBN:
0-7578-9844-0

A non-fiction book on the fascination of studying, chasing, observing, photographing and learning all about tornadoes--which produce the strongest winds on earth.

 

The World's Best Places : New Ways to Explore Diverse Cultures & Environments  by Mike Graf  Paperback ISBN: 0325000034  Publisher: Heinemann Publications  MGCOVER.gif (10522 bytes)

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Now you can foster an appreciation of the world's diverse cultures and environments at the same time that you teach science and social studies. With The World's Best Places, Mike Graf offers an intriguing alternative to traditional upper elementary and middle school lesson plans, using thirty-two of the world's most popular natural national parks as a springboard for activities.

The activities in this book are divided into chapters that deal with particular topics of study: wildlife, plantlife, geography, and geology. The book can be easily organized around your own curriculum and is as flexible as you want to make it. You can explore the volcanic activity of a particular park to support a science unit on geology; or examine the effect of human activity on the environment to complement a social studies inquiry. Step-by-step instructions illustrate how the activities can be implemented to teach a range of other topics including:

* glaciers * endangered species * indigenous cultures * forest preservation and destruction * ecosystems * biological diversity * and much more.

In short, The World's Best Places will help you lead your students from curiosity to experience, from questions to knowledge, and from information to grand classroom displays.

MIKE GRAF'S Continent Series Titles

  • Inspire hesitant readers to learn and study independently, write reports, and read!
  • Teach science, social studies, health, and math concepts.
  • Support state and national standards.
  • Keep readers engaged through easy-to-read and interesting texts.

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  • Full-color photography
  • Table of contents, glossary, bibliography, index
  • Reinforced library binding
  • 24 Pages, size: 8 1/8" x 8"
  • Fast Facts section
  • Maps
  • Hands-on activity
  • Definitions of unfamiliar terms in margins
  • Internet sites
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Product Detailsby Mike Graf
24 pages,
Ages 9-12
Edition: School & Library Binding 
Publisher: Bridgestone Books (2003)
ISBN: 0736822194

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Product Details24 pages,
Ages 9-12
Edition: School & Library Binding
Publisher: Bridgestone Books (2003)
ISBN: 0736822208

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24 pages, |
Ages 9-12
Edition: School & Library Binding
Publisher: Bridgestone Books;(2003)
ISBN: 0736822216

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Product Detailsby Mike Graf
Reading level: grades 2-4.
School & Library Binding:
24 pages
Publisher: Bridgestone Books

ISBN: 0736814213
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Presentations
Mike Graf is a very talented and prolific author. He has over 70 books in print, including Cave Story, Tornado, Wolves, Rock climbing, Glowworms, Flash Floods, Dinosaurs and Whirlwind. Mike has taught elementary school, been a TV weatherman, and presently teaches at Chico State University. Mike has also developed many science kits for elementary and middles school classes.
He recently released an adventure series for children set in the NATIONAL PARKS. DANGER IN THE NARROWS (adventures in Bryce and Zion) and TALE OF THE SCORPION (adventures in the Grand Canyon) were the first two books to be released. Yosemite and Yellowstone titles are now available, with the Great Smokey Mountains, Olympic Glacier and Rocky Mountain soon to be folllow.
Mike is an enthusiastic storyteller and presenter. He would be delighted to present at your school on this newly released National Parks series and/or the writing process itself. Many of Mike’s talks revolve around weather, caving, storm chasing, dinosaur digs, animal encounters, and other outdoor adventure and science related topics. Mike also does specialized, hands-on writing and weather workshops for smaller groups and GATE classes.
Mike has backpacked the world's national parks, interviewed storm-chasers and special-effects wizards, met the last surviving Angel Island immigrant, rafted through spectacular caves, researched wolf restoration, rock-climbed in Yosemite, explored ghost towns, and much more. His children's books reflect all those experiences.
Mike Graf is an instructor in the Child Development Department at California State University, Chico. His background includes:
Upper grade elementary school teacher for 10 yearsAuthor of numerous books for teachers and childrenFormer weathercaster at 5 different TV stations Consultant for the Weather ChannelInstructor for Child Development and Education Departments at California State University, Chico, CA.Mike Graf is available for multi-class or single-class presentations (about 1 hour) at your school for the following:

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How to  write realistic fiction stories -- tips and techniques shared.
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TV weathercasting
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Coaching, judging and implementing school writing contests!
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National park fairs
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GATE class  instruction
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Weather 101
including basic weather elements, hands on activities, and experiments related to weather
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General storytelling relating to many of Mike’s favorite stories while researching his books

Professional Fees: $250.00 per assembly. Up to three presentations per school day.
Flexible prices for in class talks or demonstrations and or GATE workshops.
Travel expenses vary and are flexible.

 

Comments about Mike Graf School Visits 
  "My name is Courtney Wheeler and I am the Library Media Specialist at Nashua Elementary School in North Kansas, Missouri. Our PTA brought Mike Graf to our school on February 18, 2009 to do author presentations for our kids. He is one of the most fascinating authors that we have ever hosted. His ability to pull the audience in to his presentations from Kindergarten to the oldest staff member was truly amazing. Mr. Graf's presentations were full of interesting facts and intertwined great science knowledge with the foundations of writing realistic fiction. The students, teachers, and parents can not stop raving about his presentations and the impression it made on everyone that heard them. His books have flown off the shelf and have a waiting list a mile long. I highly recommend any school or organization to have the privilege of hosting Mike Graf."- Courtney Wheeler, Library Media Specialist, Nashua Elementary School, North Kansas, MS    
"I was told by a staff member that the kids talked about you all afternoon! It was a great morning!" "I want to thank Marian for getting our author here this morning. Mike Graf was just a wonderful speaker. Our 3-5 grades were just entranced with his stories from start to finish!" - Marian McHugh, Library Media Teacher, Paula Laub, Writing Specialist, Paradise Professional Development School, Las Vegas, NV
"Great! We have had such great feedback from students and teachers alike. I don't think the teachers thought their students were capable of being engrossed for a stretch of time like that." - Katie Demsher, Assistant Principal, Plum Canyon Elementary School, Saugus, CA
"We loved having you visit our school! I have been fielding compliments about your presentation for the last two days! The teachers, including myself enjoyed it as much as the kids did. Thank you so much for coming! Teachers were very impressed with how you kept the kids focused and how much they learned from you about writing. You are a dynamic speaker. Your talk didn't even seem like an hour." - Kathleen Gipson, Literacy Specialist, Monte Cristo Elementary, Granite Falls, WA
"Thank you for your recent visit to our school...You did a remarkable job of altering your presentations so that the varying grade level presentations were age appropriate and clearly enjoyable for all. Your teaching experience was evidenced by your ability to command and hold the attention of the students...what an outstanding presentation you gave to the students. Our best yet!" - Barbara Danowitz, Principal, St. John Eudes School, Chatsworth, CA
"I wanted to thank you again for coming to Bilbray yesterday. I have gotten so many positive comments today about the assemblies yesterday and the program last night. The students and teachers think you are amazing. I hope that you'll be able to come back to our school in the future. Good luck to you on your next books!" - Gayle Jefferson, Literacy Specialist, Bilbray Elementary School, Las Vegas, NV
"It was a pleasure having you in our room on Wednesday. The students really enjoyed writing their realistic fiction stories. I know it was intense, but I do have to say, the students stayed focused, and really enjoyed the process. I have received nothing but positive feedback from parents and students. It was truly an honor to have you as a guest in our class." - Miss Rodriguez, 4th Grade Teacher, Alexander Dawson School, Las Vegas, NV
"Thank you for coming to our class. I learned a lot about writing. I liked to write before, but now I love it! I learned what morbid vs. sugar-coated means now. I think I will never forget how to make your story interesting. Now I know that you should put an unusual situation in every story. Now I am using dialogue in my stories. I can't wait to finish my story. Thank you again." - 4th Grade Student, Alexander Dawson School, Las Vegas, NV
"Thank you very much for everything. It was great. My daughter, a seventh grade student, said you were the best author we have ever had. I'd say that is quite a compliment since we have had some really great authors, and since the middle school age can be a difficult age to please, since they already know everything, lol." - Mary Larez, Librarian and parent of Mikaela Larez, 7th Grade Student, St. John Eudes School, Chatsworth, CA
"Mike Graf is an excellent informative teacher/author. He walked into each class a natural and with excellent skills in capturing the audiences attention and getting across information and telling stories. Highly recommended!" - Paradise Valley Arizona
"I very much enjoyed your presentations this morning at San Domenico... Your realistic fiction presentation was fabulous. I liked all aspects of it: grammar, vocabulary, different concepts for characters, recording excursions, real life experiences. All important contributions to the story. Very exciting...you were super!" - M. Schwerin, Librarian, Brookside Upper Campus, San Anselmo, CA
"Please tell Mr. Graf that I thought he did an excellent job at the assembly! His talk was very informative, yet by defining vocabulary, bringing some physical objects, and using storytelling techniques he was able to connect with a young audience. I was also very impressed with his management skills; it was a pleasure to attend an assembly where an intrinsically interesting presentation engaged the students so much that virtually none of the students grew restless or bored. Obviously, Mr. Graf has a wealth of experience managing large numbers of students, and he was well prepared to discuss his books and the ways he gets his ideas. I hope that he can speak with our students sometime again in the future, and I am sure that any other district would be fortunate to have him present at their school." - Lisa Doig, Rescue Union School District Lake Forest School, El Dorado Hills, CA
"If you have Mike Graf coming to your school during Nevada Reading Week are you in for a true adventure! Mike travels and writes about his real experiences in his Realistic Fiction Books. Mike has written over 70 books. His books are bursting with information. Students, parents, and teachers loved his presentations! Hold onto your hats... " - Ruby Sandoval, Teacher and Librarian, Lummis Elementary School, Las Vegas, NV
"Over fall break, we drove up to the Grand Canyon. The kids really loved the book Tale of the Scorpion. Eliana kept mentioning to me that we were going to take a day hike. She packed up our backpacks with all the important things: water, food, a salty snack, flashlight, etc. We even bought a black light flashlight so we could hunt for scorpions! She reminded Mike and I to start drinking water well before our trip. When we got to the Canyon, we started walking on the trail. Eliana started going down, down, down. When I told her we weren't going to the bottom, she was shocked! She was so upset! She thought we were going to hike right to the bottom, just like in the book! It was priceless!! Thankfully, she was satisfied with our long hike around the rim." - Miriam Spizzirri, Parent of 4th Grade Student, Tesseract School, Phoenix, AZ
"Mikes presentation was terrific. He held the students attention with experiments, hands-on cloud chart building and reading from his books." - Santa Clara, CA
"Mike Graf was a great hit with the fifth grade teachers and students at our school. He tailored his presentation to fit the weather/extreme nature themes the fifth grade students had been studying in class." - Tiburon, CA 
    "I found Mike Graf to be both professional and gracious when I worked with him. He was helpful in providing information and materials. I enjoyed his presentation and would gladly have him again." - Orland, CA
"The kids really enjoyed Mike's lecture--in fact, the first grade teacher told me her students talked about the caves for the rest of the day. Every comment I heard was positive--from the kids and faculty alike." - Melissa Moore, Junipero Serra School, Carmel, CA

"Mike, you were getting rave reviews all day long yesterday! The teachers LOVED your presentation, and were so delighted to have you here that they've already asked me if we can book you for next fall to speak to next year's fifth graders!" - Melissa Jones, Librarian, Bel Aire School, Tiburon, CA
"The children and adults were enthralled by Mike's presentation. Mike's stories really came alive for the children. Lots of positive feedback from all who attended." - Dixie Elementary, Marin County, CA
     "Mike's presentations were engaging, exciting, and informative. Both students and teachers will remember his visit for years to come." - Anna Lane, Glenn County Office of Education
"I can't begin to tell you what a pleasure it was to have Mike at our school. The students and staff really enjoyed the presentations. I really liked the ease of working with him." - Dorothy Garrelts-- Johnstonville School, Susanville, CA
    "I am getting rave reviews about Mike's sessions....the teachers all loved him." - Lore Silva, Librarian, Vista Grande School, San Diego, CA "The best author we have had come and visit." - PTA president, Gold River School, Folsom, CA. 

 

 

Contact

Mike loves visiting schools. His presentations can run the gamut of 1st through 8th grade.

Mike Graf

Phone 530-894-8825

emailto:Mjgraf@aol.com

Website http://www.mikegrafauthor.com


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