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Meerkats

Capstone 2010. 24 pages
First published: 2008
Series: African Animals
ISBN: 9781429648837 (paperback)
Original language: English
Dewey: 599.74
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:

One of the “African Animals” series, this 125-word reference book introduces young readers to meerkats. Its four short chapters, with headers in boldface type, focus on their habitat, appearance, behaviour and prey.

Simple sentences (of fewer than ten words) flesh out the basics of meerkats while offering readers ample clues to help them contextualize eight vocabulary words (burrow, mob, plains, predator, etc.) that re-appear in a kid-friendly glossary at the end of the book.

The images, which include simple maps and full-bleed colour photographs, support early reader comprehension and offer read-aloud audiences concrete, complementary visuals to match the rich but simple text.

The book’s focus on this less familiar African animal makes it a valuable addition to any class library. It comes with a table of contents, an index, a glossary and a page of additional resources, including book titles and reliable age-appropriate Internet sites.

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    Work with a partner to brainstorm everything you know and wonder about meerkats. The front cover picture may help you get started. Share your ideas with the class.

  •  Make up five true or false statements about meerkats. Test a classmate on their meerkat knowledge.
  •  

    Imagine that you are a meerkat. Describe a typical day in your life, using facts from the book in your writing.

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    Discuss any words you recognize in the index. Guess the meanings of those you don’t. Confirm your definitions in the glossary, then find the words in the text.

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    In a small group, brainstorm what you know about meerkats and what you want to know. Record your discussion on a KWL chart. As the book is read aloud, highlight the information you already knew. Add new knowledge to the Learned section.

  •  Use the meerkat book as a writing model. Research facts about an animal of your choice. Make a media presentation in the style of the book.
  • To communicate appropriately
  • To use information
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Science and Technology