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Strongest and Weakest

Firefly Books 2011. 32 pages
First published: 2011
Series: Animal Opposites
ISBN: 9781554078233 (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

Description:

Part of a series of fact-filled books about animal opposites, this book examines some of the strongest and weakest animals in the world. It explains the benefits of strength and various other adaptations and offers “Actual Size” comparisons. Topics include speed, body parts and endurance. Readers will learn, among other things, that the Emperor penguin can go months without food, and that a single piranha is not very dangerous, but in large numbers they are ferocious.

Large typeface delivers rich, informative text in simple language: “Strong animals are more likely to win the battle for survival than weak ones.” Words in boldface type are defined in a glossary at the end.

Content is divided into 13 short chapters (e.g. “Jaws and Claws,” “Armour Plated”) which feature several paragraphs of text as well as intriguing close-up photographs with accompanying captions.

A table of contents and index allow for easy navigation through the pages. The book also includes a list of practical ideas for activities that children and adults can do together.

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    Make a list of the animals that come to mind when you think of strongest and weakest. As you read, compare your prior knowledge to your new learning.

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    Use sticky notes or flags to make note of five interesting facts. Share them with the class or a classmate.

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    Invent your own strongest or weakest animal, drawing inspiration from the featured animals. Draw a diagram and include a brief description of this new animal.

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    From the text, compile a class list of adjectives that describe the animals.

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    Look through the text to find animal actions (e.g. leap, hunt). List them alphabetically.

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    Research and create a “record breaker” or “actual size” vignette for an animal of your choice. Include pictures to complete a presentation.

  • To communicate appropriately
  • To use information
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Mathematics
  • Science and Technology