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Mountains Inside Out

Bow, James (Author)
Crabtree 2015. 32 pages
First published: 2015
Series: Ecosystems Inside Out
ISBN: 9780778715023 (paperback)
9780778714989 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 577.5
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

layout, multimodal, setting, 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:

From their intense beginnings (volcanic activity or plates pushing up the surface of the earth), mountains settle into self-regulating biomes that provide every element necessary to sustain life. Of course, different mountain biomes have different characteristics: montane forests usually include conifers and tough deciduous trees like aspen; in the alpine tundra, “flowers must bloom quickly to take advantage of the short summer.” Humans have always interacted with mountains—climbing them, sometimes causing damage and, in recent decades, protecting these precious ecosystems.

Written in spare, easy-to-understand prose, the book leaves room for the intrinsic poetry that only the natural world can evoke: the beautifully named cloud forests, for instance, are tropical rain forests that grow on high equatorial peaks. Chapters cover such topics as “Alpine Grasslands,” “The Death Zone,” “Plateaus and Montane Steppes” and even underwater mountains, while the “Eco Up Close” insets provide information on various mountain fauna.

Colour photographs are overlaid with simple illustrations showing, for instance, maps and food chains. The book includes an activity (readers can build their own wind tunnel), a short glossary, and print and online resources.

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    Use a graphic organizer to record what you know about mountains. Add to and revise your chart as you read.

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    Explore the contents through a jigsaw format: in a small group, read and summarize one section. Make new groups with one member from each of the original groups. Take turns sharing what you learned.

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    Research mountains in Québec and Canada. Annotate a map or diagram of a Canadian mountain with relevant facts from the book.

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    As a group, brainstorm your prior knowledge about mountains. Revise and adjust your thinking as you read.

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    Research mountains in Québec and in Canada. Locate them on a map. Is there any human activity going on there? Think of a colour code to highlight the various heights or types of mountains or other information. Add vignettes on sticky notes to the map.

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    Research the highest mountains in the world and locate them on a map. Discuss what you learned about them.

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    Given what you have read, think of mountains that you know. With a partner, write a description of a mountain in the same style.

  •  What do you and your family members do on a daily basis to protect the environment?
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    Use a graphic organizer to record what people need to be aware of before climbing a mountain. 

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    Research environmental issues threatening one of our Canadian mountain ranges. Create an infographic poster illustrating both problems and solutions.

  • To communicate appropriately
  • To exercise critical judgment
  • To use information
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Geography, History and Citizenship
  • Science and Technology