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Too Hot? Too Cold?: Keeping Body Temperature Just Right

Arnold, Caroline (Author)
Charlesbridge 2013. 32 pages
First published: 2013
ISBN: 9781580892766 (hardcover)
9781580892773 (paperback)
Original language: English
Dewey: 612
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
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Why do people shiver when they’re cold and sweat when they’re hot? How does a fever help the body fight off infection? Why do dogs pant to cool down? These are just some of the subjects covered in this reference book exploring the many ways in which people and animals adapt to heat and cold in order to keep their body temperature just right.

Content is presented in clear, concise text: “If your skin is hotter than the inside of your body, your brain tells your body to cool down.” Short paragraphs provide basic facts while smaller-font text and drawings in the outer margins supply additional details. Cartoon-like illustrations rendered digitally and in gentle watercolour complement the text and guide readers to a better understanding of the concepts being described.

A glossary at the back explains subject-related vocabulary from the text (e.g., amphibian, endothermic, marsupial, vertebrate, etc.).

This useful resource answers some fundamental questions that all readers will connect with, while encouraging additional exploration of topics such as warm-blooded versus cold-blooded animals or animal adaptability.

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    Outline the benefits of a table of contents. In teams, create one for this book. Compare your table contents with that of another team. How are they similar? Different?

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    Conduct a class survey to determine which season is most popular. Write a list of pros and cons for each. Write about your favourite season (weather, clothing, activities, etc.) Which foods help keep you warm or cooled off in that season?

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    Create an anchor chart with the following headings: Ectothermic, Endothermic, Homeothermic, Poililothermic. Refer to the author’s note for a definition of these words. Using the book and additional research tools, categorize animals in the appropriate columns. 

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    What is the difference between warm and cold-blooded animals? Name animals in both categories. What is your normal body temperature? Why do you get a fever? What happens when you are cold or when you are hot? How do you keep warm in the winter and cool in the summer?

  •  Read aloud the title and main paragraph of each topic in the book. Look at the pictures and name the animals. What are they doing?
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    Use a Venn diagram to compare how humans and animals adapt to heat and cold to keep their body temperatures just right.

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    Choose one of the featured animals and research additional facts about it. Share this information with the class.

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