Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

Elephants of Africa

elephants Bibliographic Information:  Written and Illustrated by:  Gail Gibbons, Published by:  Holiday House, 2008, 32pp.

Reading Level:  NC 920 L (Non-Conforming)

Synopsis:  This informational text teaches students all about elephants.  In this book, Gibbons describes characteristics of African elephants, a history of African elephants, a labeled diagram of specific body parts of African elephants, and behavioral habits of African elephants.  Similar to other Gibbons books, the illustrations in this book help aid the reader’s understanding of the text.

Rationale for Use:  A teacher could use this book when teaching about Africa or if doing a specific unit on elephants.  This book could also be used to teach text features or teach students how to use context clues to figure out unknown words.

Common Core Connection:  This would be an excellent book to teach students how to identify, and use, various text features.  This book would also meet Common Core Standards by having students using context clues to discover new words.


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This entry was posted on June 20, 2013 by in Informational Texts and tagged , , , .

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