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A Baby Elephant in the Wild

O’Connell, Caitlin (Author/Illustrator)
Rodwell, Timothy (Illustrator)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2014. 40 pages
First published: 2014
ISBN: 9780544149441 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 599.67
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

As one of the largest land mammals on earth, “Liza is born weighing 250 pounds, the size of a grown black bear” and will double that weight in the first three months, constantly protected by her family. Filled with stunning photographs, this fact-filled book about elephants, set in the scrub desert of Namibia, chronicles the early growth and life of a newborn African elephant.

Large typeface delivers rich, informative text in a language that is simplified for easy readability. Read-aloud audiences will find the material provided by the author, herself an elephant specialist, highly accessible.

Large, arresting, in-the-field photographs offer instant child-appeal. A “Did You Know?” spread at the end provides additional photos and information about elephants while an author’s note expresses her gratitude at having been “the rare witness of an elephant birth in the wild.”

With its emphasis on their endearing social interactions, this book could inspire children to become future guardians of elephants and other animals that risk extinction.

  •  

    On sticky notes, note what you know about baby humans: their appearance, diet, development, etc. As you read about Liza, make connections between baby humans and baby elephants. Organize your sticky notes on a Venn diagram.

  •  Work together to create a table of contents for the book. How could the information be labelled to help you find it easily?
  •  Imagine you are a baby elephant. Write and draw about your day, incorporating facts from the book.
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    Start a KWL chart about elephants and their young. On sticky notes, write questions regarding baby elephants. As you read and find answers, add the information to the What I Learned (L) column.

  •  

    On sticky notes, note what you know about baby humans: their appearance, diet, development, etc. As you read about Liza, make connections between baby humans and baby elephants. Organize your sticky notes on a Venn diagram.

  •  

    Discuss the life of the elephants. Create a poster that describes the timeline of an elephant's life. Discuss how it is similar to or different from human life.

  • To communicate appropriately
  • To cooperate with others
  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Science and Technology