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Elephants

Riggs, Kate (Author)
Creative Editions 2013. 24 pages
First published: 2013
Series: Seedlings
ISBN: 9780898127829 (paperback)
Original language: English
Dewey: 599
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

Description:

The majestic beauty of elephants is brought out in this simple beginners’ reference book, part of the Seedlings series. The book describes the unique qualities and daily activities of these venerable creatures using clear, short sentences that give the main facts about elephants, such as where they live and what they look like.

The sentence structure is very basic: ideal for children just learning to read. Each simple sentence (“Elephants are big animals”) is accompanied by a large photograph.

Selected words are printed in various colours, indicating that they can be found in the short glossary at the back. The book is chock full of pictures that show elephants up close in their natural habitat.

A section at the back introduces readers to the different body parts of the elephants such as the mouth, trunk and tusks. An index is followed by suggested websites and supplementary books to read.

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    Discuss the characteristics of elephants. Create a Venn diagram comparing elephants to humans. 

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    Elephants can grow more than four metres tall. Measure each student and record their height. Measure different areas of the school (e.g. a door frame). Estimate the height of the school.

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    Locate Africa and Asia on a map or globe. Name and find the other five continents.

  •  Use the book as a mentor text to create a non-fiction booklet on an animal of your choice.
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    Look at the non-fiction features of the book: “Read More,” “Web Sites” and “Index.” What do you find in each section? Where is the glossary?

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    Make a KWL chart. Before reading, fill in what you Know about elephants and what you Want to learn about them. After reading, fill in what you have Learned.

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    A baby elephant is called a calf; what other baby animal names do you know? Look up some that you don’t know. Are there animals whose babies have the same name (kid, pup, calf)? List these on a class anchor chart.

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