RATIONALE: This text-set is intended for the younger elementary. Overall, this text set could be used in all grades k-3. I believe that learning about animals and their habitats are important for students. learning about animals and how they survive in our environment can create engaging science lessons.
Hide & Seek
Written and illustrated by II Sung Na. Published by Alfred A. Knopf. Number of pages: 30. ISBN: 978-0-375-87078-1
SUMMARY: This book starts out as group of jungle animals wanting to play a game of hide and seek where the elephant will count to ten aloud before finding the rest of the animals. As the elephant is counting, the animals rush to find a good spot to hide with their friends. In the ending, the elephant finds all of his friends besides the Chameleon. Just as the elephant and the rest of his friends are about to give up finding the Chameleon, he pops out and scares the group and says "found you".
5 READING FIRST COMPONENT: This book would reach the fluency component as the readers have to accurately read the story with the correct expression. The readers are learning how to count in the correct order and read at an appropriate rate.
STANDARD & OBJECTIVE: KCCRS: RF.1.4b – Read on-level text orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings. Objective: Students will use this book to learn the correct sequence of numbers and practice with a worksheet afterwards.
SIX AREAS OF LANGUAGE ARTS: I would say that this particular book goes under speaking because the readers are reading the story fluently. They can brainstorm, view, and discuss with one another while reading this text.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: The following link has some great resources and activities to help your students practice with counting and sequencing. https://www.education.com/activity/counting/
The Ant and the Elephant
Written and illustrated by Bill Peet. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company Boston. Number of pages: 46. ISBN: 978-0-395-29205-1
SUMMARY: This book starts out with an ant getting stuck on a limb in a pond, asking a turtle to help him and getting turned down by the turtle. The ant stayed where he was waiting for help while the turtle went on with his day, but it didn't take long before the turtle was in trouble and no one would help him and the story goes on and on until the elephant comes along helping all the animals get free. At the end of the story, the elephant falls down a hill and needs help and in a matter of no time, the ant is there with friends to help. The ant and his fellow friends help the elephant get back on his feet and they are friends for life.
5 READING FIRST COMPONENT: This book would reach the comprehension level as the readers have to read fluently and understand what the words mean. In order for the students to understand what is happening in the text, they must follow along and know meaning throughout the entire text.
STANDARD & OBJECTIVE: SL.3.1 – Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly. Objective: Students will use this book to understand feelings and words they come across while reading. After reading, the class will discuss what happened and why they believe the elephant and the ant were the only two to help other animals.
SIX AREAS OF LANGUAGE ARTS: I would say that this particular book goes under reading as the reader has to interpret meaning and reasoning as to certain things happen. This could be done by a read-aloud or individualized reading activity.
If an Elephant Went to School
Written by Ellen Fischer, Illustrated by Laura Wood. Published by Mighty Media; Minneapolis, Minnesota. Number of pages: 28. ISBN: 978-1-938063-61-9
SUMMARY: This book is a story about what an elephant and other animals would learn if they went to school. An example coming out of the book " If an elephant went to school, what would she learn? The ABC's, NO WAY! She would learn to use her trunk as... a nose, a straw, a hand, and a hose" (Fischer, pg. 1-4). The book goes on and on with animals including a skunk, a bee, an eel, a frog, etc. The things that these animals would learn if they went to school are things that would help them survive in their habitat. At the end of the book, it asks what would you learn if you went to school? The answer is read, write, share, and make friends. This book is overall a goofy kids book that will make the readers laugh.
5 READING FIRST COMPONENT: The component that I would choose to put this book under would be fluent reading. I chose this because students would have to read the full text carefully and fluently to understand what the author is trying to tell the readers.
STANDARD & OBJECTIVE: KCCRS: RF.1.4b – Read on-level text orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings. Objective: Students would carefully read the book with accurate oral language to a classmate.
SIX AREAS OF LANGUAGE ARTS: The area of language arts I put this book under would be listening. I pick listening because the students that are being read to would have to listen to the fluent language to accurately follow along with the text.
Elephants of Africa
Written and Illustrated by Gail Gibbons. Published by Holiday House; New York. Number of pages: 32. ISBN: 978-0-8234-2299-9
SUMMARY: This book overall gives detail on elephants and how they survive in our world. It goes into detail about how elephants find their food, get water, stay out of danger, etc. It also gives facts about elephants teeth, ears, eyes, skin, tusks, and, trunk. This is overall a great resource for anyone looking for information about elephants. The most interesting thing about book is the diagrams it has. These diagrams add so much to the text and draw readers into the text in my personal opinion.
5 READING FIRST COMPONENT: I would say that this book would go under vocabulary as it teaches readers more information about words, facts, etc. For readers to accurately understand what this text is telling them, they will need to fluently understand the words and word meaning.
STANDARD & OBJECTIVE: RI.3.7 – Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur). Objective: Students will use this book to gain information in order to write a report over elephants and how they survive. Students could also create a diagram of the most interesting thing they found about elephants.
SIX AREAS OF LANGUAGE ARTS: I would put this book under the viewing component as readers will use what they see and read in this text to create meaning.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Following is a link that provides many facts, photos, resources, etc. about elephants students could use to create a project. http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/elephants/
Elephants- Amazing Animals
Written and Illustrated by Jacqueline Dineen. Published by Weigl Publishers Inc. Number of pages: 24. ISBN: 978-1-60596-154-5
SUMMARY: This informative book gives great detail about elephants and information about them. The book starts off with a table of contents making it easier for readers to find what they are looking for specifically. Some fun information that this text includes is where do elephants live, friend and enemies of elephants, their family life, etc. I have to say that my favorite thing about this book is the quiz section at the end. This is great for readers who want to see what they have learned while reading the text. An example question out of this text is as followed: "Which animals may attack baby elephants? a. Zebras b. Giraffes c. Lions" (Dineen, pg. 22). This book overall goes in great depth of details about elephants.
5 READING FIRST COMPONENT: This book would go under comprehension as the reader will use this information which is scientific research and is focused on essential elements of reading.
STANDARD & OBJECTIVE: RI.3.3 – Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect. Objective: Readers will use this resource to find information pertaining to elephants to create a informative poster that will be shared with the class.
SIX AREAS OF LANGUAGE ARTS: This book would also be considered viewing because readers will use this text to create a poster with facts and information about a certain topic of elephants.
The Wonder of Elephants
Written by Patricia Lantier and Anthony Fredericks. Illustrated by John McGee. Published by Gareth Stevens Publishing. Number of pages: 48. ISBN: 0-8368-2764-3
SUMMARY: This beautiful book creates an informative story as it gives scientific researched information about elephants. Instead of just having fact pages, it is an actual story that tells readers about the beautiful animal called the elephant. As reading this book, you will find real life pictures accompanied by amazing drawings. An example from the text is as followed: "Elephants are intelligent animals, and they have good memories. The matriarch may have the best memory in the herd because she has lived longer and traveled more than any of the other elephants. She remembers where to find the best food and water, as well as which direction to travel" (Lantier & Fredericks, pg. 21). Overall, this is a great book for informative story time.
5 READING FIRST COMPONENT: This book would be considered under fluency as on the 5 reading components because in order to get the facts out of this book, readers need to know how to read fluently and accurately.
STANDARD & OBJECTIVE: W.5.2b – Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic. Objective: Students will use this book to find information and create a story about elephants in the wild.
SIX AREAS OF LANGUAGE ARTS: I would put this particular book under the speaking area of the language arts. I would do this because readers will have to ask questions, and brainstorm in order to create their own personal story using the research given in the text.
Written and Illustrated by Salina Yoon. Published by Robin Corey Books. Number of pages: 16. ISBN: 978-0-307-97806-6
SUMMARY: This children's book is a engaging text for young readers. It includes colorful pictures, objects, and rhymes. The start of this short book is a question stating "Where is Ellie hiding"? The book continues with places readers believe they see Ellie behind. After they move the certain object, readers find that it is only a teapot, or a hat. In the end, readers can finally find Ellie behind a tree and want to play again.
5 READING FIRST COMPONENT: This book would be considered fluency because the book is intended for readers to learn how to read fluently.
STANDARD & OBJECTIVE: RF.K.1a – Follow words from left to right, top to bottom, and page by page. Objective: Students will use this book to learn how to read correctly and fluently.
SIX AREAS OF LANGUAGE ARTS: I would say that this particular book would go under reading. I say this because kindergartners will use this book to learn how to read out loud.
Baby Elephant- Finger Puppet Book
Written and Illustrated by Yu-Hsuan Huang. Published by Chronicle Books LLC. Number of pages: 8. ISBN: 978-1-4521-4237-1
SUMMARY: This children's book is a short picture book that has few sentences included. The story line is giving details about elephants and how they do daily things. Overall, this book is a fun children's book that can help students read fluently.
5 READING FIRST COMPONENT: This book would go under fluency because students would only use this book to learn how to read correctly. This book would not be intended for an informational book.
STANDARD & OBJECTIVE: RF.K.2 – Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes). Objective: Students will use this book to understand words and how they are to be read correctly. Teachers can use this book to teach syllables and particular sounds.
SIX AREAS OF LANGUAGE ARTS: This book would again be reading. Students will use this book to learn how to read correctly.
Written and Illustrated by Kristen L. Depken. Published by Random House. Number of pages: 10. ISBN: 978-0-449-81341-6
SUMMARY: This book is a short board book that is a short story about an elephant named "Elly". The story tells readers what Elly likes to do and what she loves to do.
5 READING FIRST COMPONENT: This book would also be considered fluency as readers use this book to learn how to read. Teachers can give young students this book if they are having troubles with fluency.
STANDARD & OBJECTIVE: RF.K.1c – Understand that words are separated by spaces in print. Objective: Teachers can use this book to help struggling students with fluency.
SIX AREAS OF LANGUAGE ARTS: I would consider this book to be reading as students and educators would only use this book for the sole purpose of fluency. This book could not be used as an informational book.
Elephant - My animal friends - Animals Documentary -Kids educational Videos
SUMMARY: This video is an informative video about elephants that this grade level would be successful at using. In this video, kids give key details about elephants and how they live their daily life. In this video, you will also learn about animals that are around elephants daily and how their life interacts with the elephants. Viewers will gain a large amount of information while watching this youtube clip. Overall, this 13 minute video is a great resource for students looking to find out more about elephants.
STANDARD & OBJECTIVE: SL.2.2 – Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media. Objective: Students will use this video to learn information about elephants in the wild and their habitat around them.
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