I enjoy reading non-fiction books with my third graders. This book is such a fun way to present animal facts. Each page shows the noses, ears, tails, eyes and mouths of five different animals. The fun starts as students try to guess which nose (ears, tail, eyes or mouth) belongs to which animal. Then, we turn the page and read about how each animal uses its nose, (ears, tail, eyes or mouth). Some of the facts, like monkeys hanging from their tails are not surprising. The fact that horned lizards shoot blood from their eyes….and crickets hear with ears on their knees…..surprising!! Don’t miss this fun way of presenting animal facts to children.
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North: The Amazing Story of Arctic Migration by Nick DowsonPublished April 19, 2014 by Dagmar
North is a beautiful book describing seasonal changes in the Arctic and Arctic migration.
North begins with winter in the Arctic and its year-round residents, the polar bear and arctic fox. When spring arrives, algae blooms, plants grow and the tundra turns green. Animals and birds begin their migration to the Arctic, beginning with the gray whale, terns, bar-tailed godwits, snow geese, white cranes, caribou, walrus, narwhal whales and more. The text describes each creature’s journey, including what they eat as they travel. By May, the ice sheets are cracking, opening new sea lanes for the migrating animals. In summer the Arctic is lush flowers and grass, feeding the many animals that are now living in the Arctc. When September arrives, the animals and birds begin to prepare for their journey south again.
It’s a wonderful way to introduce students to migration. I read it to my 3rd grade students who really enjoyed the book.