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Toilet: How It Works

Macaulay, David (Author/Illustrator)
Macmillan 2013. 32 pages
First published: 2013
ISBN: 9781596437791 (hardcover)
9781596437807 (paperback)
Original language: English
Dewey: 644
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

point of view, 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:

Everyone knows what a toilet is for. But how does it work? Formatted and made relevant for beginning and newly independent readers, this is a behind-the-scenes look at how toilets, plumbing, sewers and water treatment plants work, as well as the role they play in the long journey that begins with a simple flush.

Breaking down a complex subject into something more readily accessible to children, it pairs simple, informative text (about how the human body produces waste and how the waste travels) with close-ups and bird’s-eye images that identify component parts in the process. But it isn’t without a little “bathroom” humour. The title page reveals a lineup of people patiently waiting to get into the restroom—a dog and a woolly mammoth included.

The book provides a glossary of important terms (e.g. septic, sewer, bacteria, chlorine), a bibliography for more information and author’s notes—one to readers, the other to parents and teachers—about the vital role of books as portals to the world.

  •  

    Draw and label a diagram showing the journey of waste from the toilet to its destination.

  •  

    Create an advertisement for a toilet, pointing out its functions and advantages. Record your advertisement as a podcast or a video.

  •  

    Explain how a toilet works to someone who has not read the book.

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    Discuss before reading: How does a toilet work? What do you think happens after you flush the toilet? After reading: Were you right?

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    Compile a top-ten list of the most interesting facts that you discovered from the book.

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    On paper or using graphic organizer software, draw a procedure outline to explain how toilets work. Write the sequence of events starting from the moment a toilet is flushed, and ending with the moment clean water is sent back into the world.

  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • To use information and communications technologies
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Media Literacy
  • Science and Technology