1st grade: Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.
3rd grade: Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plans and animals that live there may change.
Middle School: Analyze and interpret dats to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
I'm excited to find a book that covers so many standards, and it has a fascinating topic!
Leaf Litter Critters
written by Leslie Bulion
illustrated by Robert Meganck
published by Peachtree Publishers
Leslie Bulion covers all kinds of creepy, crawly things - from the bugs, to the bacteria, to the cells - readers will find all kinds of information within the lines of the poems.
Have fun on this poetic tour through the leaf litter layer and dig into the fascinating facts about the tiny critters who live there. Nineteen poems in a variety of verse forms with accompanying science notes take readers on a decomposer safari through the "brown food web," from bacteria through tardigrades and on to rove beetle predators with other busy recyclers in-between. Glossary, hands-on investigations, and resources are included in the back matter.
Need to study earth's decomposers and analyze stanzas of a poem? Bulion has you covered! Want to know more about each poem, check out the "Poetry Notes" in the back matter! Need help breaking down the scientific information within the poem? You'll want to read the science notes found on each two page layout. Whether closely reading for literacy or science, readers will have a lot to learn within these pages!
I'm really enjoying Robert Meganck's illustrations. They add the right amount of humor for an otherwise serious topic. They will appeal to a wide age range of readers and often connect an unknown concept with a visual.
You won't want to miss the back matter in this book. Just when you think you have enough information on this topic, there is more to be had! As mentioned, Bulion has listed out the poetic form used. If you're studying style choices this will be a great section to reference. Also included is a glossary, activities, resources and other visuals.
No matter what grade you teach, this is a book you'll want in your library. It appeals to readers of poetry, to those looking for science information and it has wide mentor texts uses. Happy buggy reading!