Science Shorts: Animal Life John Hallenbeck

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Reading Level 3 - 4.5
Interest Level 6 - 12

This engaging, activity-packed workbook was developed to give meaningful experiences to students who are more successful with short lessons. Each 15-minute activity gets science classes off to a great start, and help students relate science concepts to "real life" situations.

The program was created to meet the following criteria:

  1. A curriculum is needed that is presented simply without talking down to students.
  2. Lessons to link science concepts to "real life" situations.
  3. There is a need for reinforcement and enrichment activities that promote the retention of basic science vocabulary terms.
  4. Information provided needs to instill an appreciation of and respect for nature.
  5. Students needs to be given knowledge that will provide them with a fuller and safer life.

Each Science Shorts book has 50 reproducible lessons in the a variety of fun categories.

Animal Life

These topics depict a representative view of life on earth. Mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish, insects, and some of their predecessors are all introduced. The intent of this book is to provide students with the opportunity to draw conclusions regarding the similarity between people and all other life. Feeding habits, raising of young, habitats, and the emotions of wild things are some of the concepts that will help to provide students with a better understanding of the creatures that share this planet with people.

Lessons include Does a Frog Go South?; Edible Bugs; The Invisible Bear; Up Where They Belong; The Lone Ranger; Night Train; You Turkey!; Things with Wings that Sting; A Whale of a Tale; Crime Fighting Spiders; Ocean Hunters; Mobile Homes; Fish 'Til You Drop; Moose on the Loose; Monkey Business; He Thinks I'm His Mama; Her Nose Knows; Bye Bye Birdie; Camel Birds; Oh Deer!; Snake in the Grass; Armed and Dangerous; The River Horse; The Mayor; Can You Carry a Tuna?; more.

Each science short story is accompanied by four activities: Vocab Corner (use of vocabulary words in a puzzle, riddle, or poem); Just for Fun (word puzzle); In Your Words (crossword puzzle or word blocks) or Crack the Code (an ABC picture code or a hidden message); and A Science Stretch (an activity requiring students to go beyond the given information.

The large spiral-bound format allows for easy photocopying, and a complete Answer Key follows the Teaching Suggestions at the front of the book.

Special Features

Each book contains a comprehensive Glossary, where students can locate not only the definition of scientific terms but the number of the lesson in which they appear. There is also a comprehensive bibliography at the end of each book.

120 pages • 8.5 x 11 • softcover • ©1997

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