Logo Title Quebec Reading Connection

Fastest and Slowest

Firefly Books 2010. 32 pages
First published: 2010
Series: Animal Opposites
ISBN: 9781554078097 (paperback)
Original language: English
Dewey: 590
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:

All animals move, but their survival often depends on variations of mode and speed. This book presents not only the fastest and slowest creatures on the planet, but also some of the more unusual movers.

Each two-page section showcases several animals in categories such as “Fast Fliers,” “Super Swimmers” and “Slitherers.” Clear, accessible captions and text are filled with curious and fascinating facts. Among the “Weird Walkers” are the centipede which “can quickly scamper under stones to avoid predators,” tortoises whose “shells are so heavy that they can’t take long or fast steps” and the waddling crocodile that “can change from slow to speedy in an instant.”

Rich, coloured photographs of each creature are often taken close-up and always intriguing. “Actual Size” images are accompanied by a measuring tape, while “Record Breaker[s]” appear as paper-clipped notes and snapshots.

A glossary, index and “Notes for Parents and Teachers” complete this collection about animal walkers, crawlers, fliers and swimmers, one of a series about “Animal Opposites.”

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    Before reading, browse the book and note interesting features (rulers, text boxes, “record breakers”). Discuss how they enhance your comprehension. Are there any other benefits?

  •  

    Note any interesting adjectives. Write your own animal description, incorporating as many adjectives as possible.

  •  

    Nominate one animal as Coolest Animal Alive. Prepare notes defending your choice. Hold a debate with classmates.

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    Choose one category of animals. Summarize the information and create a multimedia presentation on the topic.

  •  

    Before reading, browse the book and note interesting features (rulers, text boxes, “record breakers”). Discuss how they enhance your comprehension. Are there any other benefits?

  •  

    List any interesting adjectives. Write your own animal description, incorporating as many adjectives as possible.

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    Find pairs of opposites in the text. Sort the animals based on a different set of opposites (e.g. long and short). 

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    Prepare a fact card on a favourite animal. In round-robin cooperative style, present the information to your classmates.

  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • To use information and communications technologies
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Media Literacy
  • Science and Technology