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Under Earth; Under Water

Mizielińska, Aleksandra (Author/Illustrator)
Mizieliński, Daniel (Author/Illustrator)
Candlewick Press 2016. 108 pages
First published: 2016
ISBN: 9780763689223 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 551
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

layout, multimodal, 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:

Bugs, boreholes and beyond—this artfully illustrated reference book addresses natural and human-driven activities and systems beneath our planet’s surface.

Between dual-covers (one side starts underground, the other, underwater), large vertical spreads cover topics as varied as “An Anthill,” “Underground Utilities,” “Oil and Gas Platforms,” “Giants of the Deep” and dozens more. Lively drawings combine the whimsy of comics with the clarity of diagrams to create attractive and informative imagery. Clear language is divided into captions, sidebars and pull-points.

The layout allows for picture-dictionary arrays, such as spreads on “Lakes” and “Burrowing Animals,” as well as the depiction of processes and systems, such as natural gas delivery and sewage management.

In the Mponeng gold mine spread, for example, spot illustrations are supported by a background grid of mine tunnels. A dotted line may be followed to read the material from “surface” to “current depth.” One image locates the mine on a map of Africa. Another shows a miner crawling through a tunnel: “Some corridors are so low that it is impossible to stand up.” Yet another shows a miner checking his watch: “The journey from the surface to the deepest part of the mine takes an hour and a half.”

Whether the topic is “How Volcanoes Form” or “A History of Diving Suits,” the gentle humour and clarity of the illustrations make this reference book as attractive as it is informative.

  •  

    Use a RAN chart (Reading and Analyzing Non-fiction texts) and brainstorm what you know about what is under the ground and under water. Fill in the Wondering column.

  •  

    As you explore the book, continue to use your RAN chart to confirm your understanding or identify misconceptions. Add to the New Learning and Wondering columns.

  •  

    Choose some of this book's unique structures and features and explain what makes them outstanding.

  •  As you read, write sticky notes to tell others about exceptional pages or fascinating snippets of information.
  •  

    Brainstorm what you know about what is under the ground and under water.

  •  

    Explore the book's structures and features. What other features would help you find information?

  •  

    Enjoy flipping through the book. As you read, write sticky notes to tell others about really great pages or bits of information.

  •  

    Pair up with a partner and decide who will write 10 things you typically find underground while the other will write 10 things you typically find underwater. Make your list challenging. Allow for 20 chances to guess the items on each other’s list.

  •  As you read, pay close attention to where the arrows point and how the text boxes relate to the illustrations.
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    Choose the single most interesting fact you learned and prepare an informative (digital or paper) poster on it. Add information from other sources as needed. Be sure to include written text and images.

  • To communicate appropriately
  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Geography, History and Citizenship
  • Science and Technology