Chomp! A Book About Sharks. L.

Berger, Melvin. Chomp! A Book About Sharks. L. 1999.

This book tells all about different shark species, a shark’s life-cycle, how sharks feed, and how sharks swim and live.  Popular above (and even below) its difficulty level, due to the great cover, exciting subject matter and cool photos of sharks.  Most of the vocabulary is straightforward and non-technical, so this can be a good introduction to more complex non-fiction writing as well.

TAGS: finland, finland-l, l, level L, non-fiction, sharks, animal facts, fish, oceans

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Amazing Crickets. M.

Jacobs, Daniel. Amazing Crickets. M. 1999.

This book has facts about crickets: their anatomy, their senses, how they sing, why they sing, and what their life-cycles are like.  The photographs may not be as richly colored as those in other insect books (neither is the subject), but for kids who want to know about the bugs they see around, this can be a good choice.

TAGS: Nonfiction, bugs, insects, crickets, wildlife, ecology, photographs, animal facts, m

Wild Bears. I.

Simon, Seymour. Wild Bears. I. 2002.

This nonfiction book details the seven main types of bear (brown, black, polar, sun, sloth, spectacled, panda) and talks about how bears live in the wild. Popular even above its difficulty level (because it’s about bears). Lots of good pictures (of bears).

TAGS: Nonfiction, ecology, bears, wildlife, photographs, mammals, animal facts, i

Hippos. J.

INFO: Randell, Beverly. Hippos. J. 1998.

DESC: Another reliable animal non-fiction book in the PM ANIMAL FACTS: ANIMALS IN THE WILD series. This book provides a number of interesting tidbits about hippos, arranged by topic/common student inquiry. Among the fascinating facts that Randell’s book points out: how hippos hide from alligators! How deadly the fighting of bull hippos can be! What hippos do in the dry season! Great for students who may not have considered the wild and varied life of these great and deadly beasts. Like others in this series, there’s lots of information on every page – it might be best to use the discussion/review questions on the bottom of each page as writing prompts, and to take this book slowly, over a number of sessions, or as long as student interest permits.

TAGS: hippos, animals, animal facts, scientific facts, non-fiction, african animals, water animals, J

Lions and Tigers. J.

INFO: Randell, Beverly Randell. Lions and Tigers. J. 1998.

DESC: Lions and Tigers is a solid J-level nonfiction in the reliable PM ANIMAL FACTS: ANIMALS IN THE WILD series. It features many different facts about the life of lions, under informative sub-headings, and a series of ‘reflection questions’ about the previous page on the bottom of every page. Students genuinely love the information; and the book’s split between lions and tigers provides an easy transition place/moment to break between sessions or units. Lots of text and information, for a Level J!

TAGS: lions, tigers, animals, scientific facts, animal facts, big cats, cats, non-fiction, J