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The Most Dangerous Animals

Capstone 2011. 24 pages
First published: 2011
Series: Extreme Animals
ISBN: 9781429662109 (paperback)
9781429653121 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 591.6
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

recurring patterns, 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 title says it all—no red-blooded beginner reader will be able to resist this compelling topic. Each spread offers a close-up, full-page, colour picture of a dangerous animal, accompanied by brief, simple language in large type. Divided into three sections (“Dangerous,” “More Dangerous” and “Most Dangerous”), this short book profiles nine animals, from Africanized honeybees to the great white shark.

Quality photographs of bared teeth, slavering jaws, and the ten-foot tentacles of a box jellyfish will keep children turning pages. And while the language focuses on venoms, stings and bites, it’s always in relation to other wildlife—not humans: “This giant shark has more than 3000 teeth. It chomps seals, dolphins and small whales too.”

Brief back material includes a glossary, further reading and internet resources, and an index. This is a great early-reading introduction to non-fiction literature.

  •  

    Identify any familiar animals as you browse through the book. Record any questions you may have and keep them on hand as you read.

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    Skim the glossary. If necessary, refer to it while reading to clarify any unfamiliar words.

  •  Which animal would you nominate as the most dangerous animal of all? Use the suggested resources at the back of the book to gather additional information. Present your animal and findings to the class.
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    Discuss how features such as the glossary, table of contents and headings help you understand the information.

  •  

    Use one animal description as a model to write fact cards about a dangerous animal of your choice.

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    The table of contents is organized by comparatives: Dangerous, More Dangerous, Most Dangerous. See the other titles in this series on the back cover. With a partner, choose 10 animals for one of these titles and sort them by comparatives.

  • To adopt effective work methods
  • To use information
  • To use information and communications technologies
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Science and Technology