Sea Animals. I.

 Staman, Ann. Sea Animals. I. 2008.

A book about some of the animals that live in the sea.  It discusses the parts that are required for an animal to be a fish (fins, backbone, gills), as well as why some other creatures are not considered fish even though they have one or two of those parts (must have all three to be a fish). 

TAGS: sea, animals, fish, sharks, crabs, ocean, nonfiction, informational, I, North Franklin

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

Shark Lady: True Adventures of Eugenie Clark. P.

McGovern, Ann. Shark Lady: True Adventures of Eugenie Clark. P. 1978.

9-year-old Eugenie Clark loves fish and aquariums, so she goes to college to study fish, against her grandmother’s wishes but with her mom’s support. Then she goes to the Pacific and Caribbean to become a diver and study sharks. Chapters are 6-8 pages long.

TAGS: Biography, nonfiction, sharks, scientists, women, aquarium, new york, ocean, chapter, P

The Coral Reef. H.

INFO: Economos, Christine. The Coral Reef. H. 1999.

DESC: This cheerful, navigable non-fiction piece is a splendid introduction to coral reefs for budding readers. It presents many new creatures and ideas in an easy-to-read structure, with one or two sentences per page, and big, bright full-color photo accompaniments. Students will enjoy the names of coral reef creatures – like “yellow tang fish,” “clownfish,” and “green lettuce slug.” This one makes written reflections about “what have you learned?” a cinch!

TAGS: coral reefs, oceans, fish, scuba diving, ocean, ocean life, non-fiction, H