Logo Title Quebec Reading Connection

Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow?

Shea, Susan A. (Author)
Slaughter, Tom (Illustrator)
Blue Apple Books 2011. 32 pages
First published: 2011
ISBN: 9781609050627 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

recurring patterns, 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

Description:

Set up as a guessing game, this fun lift-the-flap book plays with the difference between living things and inanimate objects: “If a duckling grows and becomes a duck, can a car grow and become … a truck?”

On the left side of each double-page is an animal baby and its parent—“If a duckling grows and becomes a duck”—while on the right, a question begins: “can a car grow and become ….” Only after lifting the large flap does the question continue: “… a truck?” Astute young readers will soon detect the rhyming pattern and begin predicting the completed questions. And, of course, the yes-or-no answers. An answer key, midway through and again at the end, provides confirmation: “YES to ducks, bears, and owls. NO to trucks, chairs, and towels.”

The primary colours are bright and bold; the cut-out animal and object silhouettes are clear and simple. Two white polar bears stand on ice floes in a blue-wash ocean; black owlets perch among grey-washed trees with red, green and yellow blocks of colour in the background. Further assisting readers in the guessing game, the front of the flap shows an object (“can a cupcake become …”) that transforms when you lift the flap: “… a cake?”

And perhaps most important of all, helping make the connection between children and other living creatures, the last question asks: “can a baby grow and become … you?”

  •  How do you know if something will grow or not? Start an anchor chart to record your thinking. Add to it as you read.
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    As you read, make predictions about what might be under each flap.

  •  Make a class book in the same style, featuring your own ideas about things that grow and don’t grow.
  •  How do you know if something will grow or not? Start an anchor chart to record your thinking. Add to it as you read.
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    As you read, make predictions about what might be under the each flap.

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    Use the words in a graphic organizer, showing what grows and what does not.

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    Identify the recurrent pattern in the text. Create your own pages in the same style, using this pattern. Assemble the pages into a class book to share with a younger group.

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