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The Animal Kingdom
This book contains ten units, each one featuring a different animal. Each unit covers such topics as animals’ food, habitat, and adaptations and includes an activity plan and activity sheets. The activity sheets encourage children to use thinking processes, research skills, and inquiry skills in order to develop science concepts and become more independent learners.
Based on Bloom’s Taxonomy, this book is designed to enable children to work independently. It contains ten units—one for each month of a traditional school year—and features the whale, cat, deer, horse, lion, elephant, kangaroo, robin, ladybug, and turtle.
The book contains activity plans and animal record sheets. Each unit also covers such topics as animals’ food, habitat, and adaptations. Comparisons are encouraged by a life-span chart, a “My Favorite Animal” sheet, and an “Imagine You Are an Animal” sheet.
The organization of the book is modular, which has several advantages. First, it enables children to succeed in each module, regardless of how they did in a previous module. Second, each module allows children to learn, practice, and expand on different levels of proficiency. Third, the modules allow for more in-depth exploration when a particular animal catches a child’s interest. That exploration encourages children to use thinking processes, research skills, and inquiry skills in order to develop science concepts and become more independent learners.
This book also comes in a version that is printed with a special dyslexia-friendly font that is easier for some children to read. There is an accompanying teacher manual that serves both books. (See below.)