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Planet Ark: Preserving Earth’s Biodiversity

Mason, Adrienne (Author)
Thompson, Margot (Illustrator)
Kids Can Press 2013. 32 pages
First published: 2013
Series: CitizenKid
ISBN: 9781554537532 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 577
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

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:

The complex subject of biodiversity is explored in this informative reference tool. It sets out to inspire global citizenship in its readers, using rich metaphor and persuasive writing to convey the interdependence of life on the planet. Fascinating and often alarming facts are presented throughout: “Scientists calculate that the rate of extinction today is 1000 times faster than during most of Earth’s history.”

Catchy headings—“The Aliens Have Landed” and “The Real World Wide Web”—cover a broad range of topics such as how ecosystems are affected by the loss of diverse species and habitats, and why pollinators are essential to life on the planet.

Each double-page spread includes a section of dense text opposite an image. A key at the bottom of the page, contained in a watery wave, uses factual information to elaborate on issues raised in the body text. Small circular drawings of plants and animals in round frames help the reader hone in on details.

The larger acrylic painted illustrations are graceful, poetic depictions of nature in earth tone pastel colours. Italicized captions relate the images to the text. A glossary explains key terms.

The final two chapters on “Modern-Day Noahs” and how “You Can be a Noah, Too” are meant to inspire young readers to action, and to provide hope and possible solutions in the face of difficult issues.

  •  The author uses Noah’s Ark as a metaphor for biodiversity. As you read, relate modern issues in biodiversity to the ark metaphor.
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    Make a list of interesting and tricky true-false statements related to biodiversity. Challenge a partner to distinguish fact from fiction.

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    Research a biodiversity issue that has local relevance (introduced species, overexploitation, extinction). Draft a news report or podcast to share your findings.

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    Discuss biodiversity. Write a tentative definition. After reading, go back and revise your definition.

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    Start a class list of animals, plants and insects that you can find in your area.

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    Choose one of the topics from your class list and retell the information using a mind map.

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    Survey steps taken to help protect biodiversity in your community. Prepare a media presentation to promote one of these initiatives. (IE)

  • To adopt effective work methods
  • To communicate appropriately
  • To exercise critical judgment
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Science and Technology