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Weird Insects

Worek, Michael (Author)
Firefly Books 2013. 64 pages
First published: 2013
ISBN: 9781770852358 (hardcover)
9781770852341 (paperback)
9781770856288 (e-book)
Original language: English
Dewey: 595.7
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

point of view, recurring patterns

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:

Weevils, beetles, flies and more inhabit the pages of this fact-filled guide to the weird and wonderful world of insects. Over 50 creepy-crawlies from all around the world make an appearance – only a tiny fraction, we are told, of the range and diversity that exists – are magnificently showcased. Each page includes an enlarged full-colour photograph, the insect’s Latin and common name, and a short, informative text describing habitat, life cycle, predators and prey, and use of defensive camouflage.

Descriptions are limited to fewer than a dozen lines of readable kid-friendly text. We discover rainbow scarabs are so-named because of their many beautiful colours and that the “peanut-headed” lanternflies are misnamed “because they were once thought to produce light.”

Content is not organized into specific sections. Rather, the focus is on the stunning, vibrant close-ups that invite readers to observe and appreciate in vivid detail the peculiar shapes, markings and colours of each insect.

A brief introduction defines the word “insect” for readers and identifies the insect’s main physical features – head, thorax and abdomen. The book will appeal to the younger set as a read-aloud as well as to more advanced readers with a passion for entomology.

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    Compare and contrast two of the insects using a graphic organizer.

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    Make a list of three insects: two real ones and your own made-up insect name as the third. Have a classmate guess which one is invented.

  •  Invent your own “weird” insect. Write a description and create an illustration in the same style as the book.
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    How do you think it would feel to be a weird insect? Write a monologue reflecting on life as one of these unusual insects. Read it to a partner.

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    Discuss what you already know about insects. Identify insect characteristics. Draw an insect and label its parts.

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    If you could be an insect from the book, which would you choose to be? Describe it and explain why, using information from the text.

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    Take turns describing a mystery insect to a partner. Have him or her locate it in the book.

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    Observe the use of insect descriptors. Create a definition for yourself in the same style. Guess other people’s identity through their definition. (IE)

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