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Endangered Baby Animals

Kalman, Bobbie (Author)
Crabtree 2012. 32 pages
First published: 2012
Series: It's Fun to Learn About Baby Animals
ISBN: 9780778740810 (paperback)
9780778740766 (hardcover)
9781427180032 (e-book)
Original language: English
Dewey: 578.68
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:

“Baby animals face the same dangers as adult animals do—and many more.” Clear language in large type provides introductory facts about species protection, through a variety of animals that are listed as “vulnerable,” “endangered,” “critically endangered” and “extinct in the wild.” Topics covered in this brief book include “Protection for pandas,” “Sea turtles in danger” and “Helping animals.”

Each spread offers appealing photographs of young animals. One image, under “Endangered elephants,” shows an orphan elephant being bottle-fed by a human caretaker. In another, under “Endangered primates,” a little golden lion tamarin clings to its mother’s back. Information-rich captions offer additional entry into the text: “Amur leopards … There are fewer than 35 of these cats left in the wild.”

Special vocabulary is set in bold and defined within the text, eliminating the need for a glossary. End material includes simple activities for promoting awareness, a world map showing animal habitats and an illustrated index.

  •  

    Use a RAN chart to brainstorm what you know about endangered animals. Add any wonderings you may have. As facts, misconceptions, new learning and wonderings come up, adjust your chart.

  •  

    As the book is read aloud, use a graphic organizer to note what makes these animals endangered. Sort the animals by the degree to which they are in danger. 

  •  

    Use a teacher-selected resource to find animals that are endangered in your area. Discuss how to raise awareness about this problem. Design posters or PSAs and choose well-thought-out locations for drumming up attention.

  •  

    As you look at the book cover, brainstorm questions you have about endangered animals and their babies. Note them on a class chart. As the answers are found, share them with the class and check off the question.

  •  

    As the book is read aloud, use a graphic organizer to note what makes these animals endangered. Sort the animals by the type of danger they face.

  •  

    Compare how baby and adult animals are endangered. Use a Venn diagram to show your thinking and research. Compare and discuss your results with others.

  •  

    Use a teacher-selected resource to find animals that are endangered in your area. Discuss how to raise awareness about this problem. Choose a way to inform your peers about these animals.

  • To exercise critical judgment
  • To use information
  • To use information and communications technologies
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Ethics and Religious Culture
  • Geography, History and Citizenship
  • Science and Technology