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Underworld: Exploring the Secret World Beneath Your Feet

Price, Jane (Author)
Hancock, James Guilliver (Illustrator)
Kids Can Press 2014. 96 pages
First published: 2014
ISBN: 9781894786898 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 624.1
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

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:

This diverse resource on what exists below the surface of the earth spans subjects as wide-ranging as dark caves, fossilized dinosaur bones, burial rituals, lost tombs, medieval pantries and the catacombs of Paris. From geology to geomorphology, cultural geography to biology, history to architecture and technology, this innovative research tool is sure to fascinate and captivate.

Wonderful layout uses varied and appealing page formats with photographs, historical matter and assorted text boxes. A variety of colours and fonts keep the reader engaged. Photos of natural phenomena – the enormous crystals found by Mexican silver miners or the original newspaper clipping from the Krakatoa eruption – add texture and curious particularities. Quirky mixed-media and delicate coloured pencil illustrations introduce each the chapter.

Explore wondrous facts in nine chapters with titles such as “Animals of the Underworld,” “Hide-and-Seek” and “Dead and Buried.” Descriptions of scientific concepts use clear, clean prose with a poetic edge: “These enormous slabs of sparkling selenite are the largest crystals ever found.” The language is as understandable and as engaging as the visual worlds presented.

A fantastic resource for independent readers with captivating particulars of subterranean life.

  •  

    Looking at the table of contents, try to determine which chapters have obvious subject matter titles and which ones make you wonder. See if your predictions match the actual content of each chapter.

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    With a partner, explain the information from one of the chapters to another group. Determine the important ideas.

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    Write a story using this non-fiction book as inspiration for the setting. Incorporate facts from the text.

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    Discuss where you would find underground spaces and structures within your town or city. Use the correct terminology from the book. Create a class vocabulary chart about these environments.

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    Discuss which space you would choose to live in and why. List what you would need to survive there.

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    Complete fact cards about underground spaces that you find interesting. Share your cards with your partners.

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    Explore the underground space of your school. How is it used? How could it be put to better use? Draw a plan of your ideas. Include captions or vignettes to explain your plan. Write a letter or meet with your principal to share your ideas.

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    The underground is a mysterious and busy place. Write the following titles in the four corners of a blank page: City, Forest, Cave, Home. With the help of a partner, write or draw what you think you would find beneath the ground in each of these four places.

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    With Chapters 7 and 8 in mind, create a two-page spread of an imaginary city’s underground. Label the components. Talk about it with a partner.

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    You are an underground expert. Present a new project to the mayor of an imaginary city. Using facts from the book, explain what you want to build, how you will build it and why.

  • To cooperate with others
  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Geography, History and Citizenship
  • Science and Technology