When rain falls in a forest . . .
. . . scurrying squirrels suddenly stop. They pull their long, bushy tails over their heads like umbrellas.
We’ll look at some more examples next week.
Overall, the books are honest and also optimistic. Their structure invites younger buddies to read the larger, simpler type, while older children can focus on the more detailed sidebars. The buddies can then look for the animals in the stunning artwork created by Higgins Bond and discuss what they’ve just learned before moving on to the next double-page spread.
Here are two great activities the buddies can do together after reading these books. They will deepen student understanding of the goals described in CCSS for ELA: Reading Informational Text #1 and #2. The first one also addresses standard #5 and both support Writing standards #2 and #8, but I’ll discuss that more later.