Lots of great scientific information in this informational book, and the teaching guide has a ton of activities and information that tie into Common Core. It was hard to pick from materials that cover parts of speech, the five senses, and various scientific topics. But in the end, I went with the dichotomous key because that's something we do every year in fourth grade and I'm always looking for ways to spice up those lessons.
Activity Name: Dichotomous (Yes/No) Key
Activity Description: "A dichotomous key helps to sort (classify) animals. These keys work by asking yes or
no questions. Each answer leads to another yes or no question, until the animal class is
identified. There are five classes of animals with backbones (vertebrates): fish, reptiles,
amphibians, birds, and mammals. Use the information found in the book to match the animal
to its classification."
Objective: Classify organisms according to one selected feature, such as body covering, and identify
other similarities shared by organisms within each group formed.
Describe several external features and behaviors of animals that can be used to classify them (e.g.,
size, color, shape of body parts).
Identify observable similarities and differences (e.g., number of legs, body coverings, size) between/
among different groups of animals.
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.