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Insect Detective

Voake, Steve (Author)
Voake, Charlotte (Illustrator)
Candlewick Press 2012. 32 pages
First published: 2009
ISBN: 9780763658168 (paperback)
Original language: English
Dewey: 595.7
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:

A young boy sets off in search of insects in this gentle non-fiction adventure filled with fascinating facts. Along the way, we learn about the habits, communication methods and home-building skills of wasps (that chew wood into pulp to make their paper nests), Ground Beetles, ants (that communicate by touching antennae), Solitary Bees, Herald Moths, caterpillars and dragonflies.

“Right now, all around you, thousands of insects are doing strange and wonderful things.” The narrator speaks in the second person, giving intimacy to the voice and encouraging young readers to be curious about and observant of the natural world around them. Ground beetles appear to be “gleaming in the sunlight” and we are invited to take a closer look at the pages: “Look at this crinkly brown leaf. Can you see a crinkly brown Herald Moth too?”

Watercolour and ink illustrations use a subtle palette to bring nature into soft focus. The cream-coloured pages offset the whimsical close-ups of insects and the world on the ground. Facts are presented in smaller type.

Lovely ideas for budding detectives to attract and observe insects can be found at the back of the book, along with a brief index. A wonderful introduction for emerging naturalists.

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    Discuss the title and hypothesize about what an “insect detective” might do. Make a list of dos and don’ts for being an insect detective using information from the book and your own ideas.

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    Choose two insects from the book or another source. Compare and contrast them using a graphic organizer.

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    As you read, keep a list of the questions you still have about insects. Use teacher-selected resources to search for answers and share your findings with the class.

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    Go outside and hunt for featured insects. Take photos or find them on a teacher-selected website. Use the images to enhance an anchor chart about neighbourhood insects.

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    Brainstorm and list types of insects and what you know about them. Share any questions you have on the topic. As the book is read aloud, check off the information you already knew.

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    Explore the structures and features of this book. How is it organized? How can you find specific information?

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    Go outside and hunt for featured insects. Take photos or find them on a teacher-selected website. Use the images to enhance an anchor chart about neighbourhood insects.

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    Try the bug explorations suggested on pages 28 and 29. Report orally on the results, using information from the book.

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