Monday, November 30, 2015

Book of the Week: Frog or Toad? How Do You Know?

Educators often ask me which of my books would work best in their classroom. So this year, I’ve decided to feature a book each week and highlight related teaching materials and strategies.

Last week, I discussed A Place for Frogs. If you pair it with Frog or Toad? How Do You Know?, you can create a great lesson that looks at text structures and how decisions about text structure impact the research process.

After reading the books to your students, ask them to discuss this following questions:

What is the primary text structure of each book?

Do you think Melissa Stewart used the same body of research to write both books? What is your evidence?

Do you think her information came from the same sources or different ones? What is your rationale?

The primary text structure of A Place for Frogs could be described as either Cause & Effect or Problem-Solution. But Frog or Toad? How Do You Know? has a strong Compare ? Contrast text structure.

Hopefully, students will realize that even though both books are about butterflies, the content of each title is quite different. For Frog or Toad?, My main sources included books and personal observations in the natural world. For A Place for Frogs, I relied heavily on scientific journal articles that I found using a database and interviews with scientists.

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