Would your class benefit from watching a calming book trailer? Look no further. Click on this link. You'll be whisked away to Shennen Bersani's trailer for Night Creepers. This is the perfect book to use with book buddies because the main text is simple, but the sidebars are complex. So, the younger students can read the main text and then the older students can read the scientific information in the sidebar to his or her buddy. The teaching guide below is pretty amazing. It has a fantastic Dichotomous Yes/No Key for sorting animals into the following groups: mammals, reptiles, fish and amphibians. In addition, it also has an amazing adaptations section. After I have my students use the dichotomous key for sorting and they do the adaptation activity, they'll have the knowledge they need to complete this super-fun activity!
Activity Name: Who Am I?
Activity Description: "Copy and cut out the cards. Poke a hole through each one and tie onto a piece of yarn. Have each child put on a “card necklace” without looking at it so the card hangs down the back. The children get to ask each person one “yes/no” question to try to guess “what they are.” If a child answering the question does not know the answer, he/she should say, “I don’t know.” This is a great group activity and a great “ice-breaker” for children who don’t really know each other."
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Whether it be for one specific student, a small group of kids, or a whole class, finding a "just right" book makes the teacher's and the students' day.