Amazing Animals - 80 Ready to Use Storeis & Activity Sheets for Building Reading Comprehension Skills Reading Levels 3-6
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Amazing Animals - 80 Ready to Use Storeis & Activity Sheets for Building Reading Comprehension Skills Reading Levels 3-6

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For all classroom reading teachers and reading specialists, here is an exciting collection of stories that capture and hold students' natural interest in animals while steadily improving their vocabulary, reading comprehension and critical thinking skills through carefully designed activity sheets. You'll find 80 ready-to-use, fully illustrated stories and activity sheets organized into four sections focusing on reading levels 3 to 6 (each level contains 20 two-page stories and 20 accompanying two-page activity sheets). The stories are preceded by "New Vocabulary" to introduce the pronunciation and meaning of new words and "Questions to Ask" to arouse students' curiosity and recall prior knowledge. Students of all ability levels learn new vocabulary by hearing words used in context, often with clues to the meaning built into the story. Vocabulary is repeated in successive stories to reinforce its learning and to make it part of the student's growing language of words. Reading comprehension skillslike using facts to answer specific questions, recognizing main ideas, understanding cause and effects, and predictionsare stressed in all activity sheets. For your convenience, all of this ready-to-use material is printed in a big 8-1/4" x 11" lay-flat binding that folds flat for easy photocopying of each story selection and its accompanying activity sheets. Following a sampling of stories from each of the reading levels: READING LEVEL 3: "A Friendly Spring Bird" (robins) ..."The Shy American Bear" (Black bears) ..."What Big Teeth You Have!" (walruses) ..."American Marsupials" (Opossums) ..."The Biggest Land Mammals" (elephants) ..."Reptiles with Shells" (green turtles) ..."The Most Famous Deer of All" (reindeer) ..."A Big, Beautiful Black Bird" (ravens) ..."Our Worst Friend" (house mice) READING LEVEL 4: "I Wouldn't Eat That Cucumber" (sea cucumber) ..."Our Most Popular State Bird" (cardinals) ..."A Cute Australian" (koalas) ..."The World's Tallest Animal" (giraffes) .. "Who'se Stomping Ground Is It?" (skunks) .. "A Prickly Mammal" (porcupines) ..."The Horse Tigers" (zebras) ..."Warts Can Be Beautiful" ...(warthogs) ..."A Great Fish Story" (carp) READING LEVEL 5: "The Largest Rodent in North America" (beavers) ..."A Real Shocking Story" (electric eels) ..."A Night in Armor" (armadillos) ..."The River Horses" (hippopotamuses) ..." Our Most Dangerous Spider" (black widow spiders) ..."The Most Intelligent Invertebrate" (octopuses) "Man of the Woods" (orangutans) ..."The Biggest Snake in the World" (anacondas) READING LEVEL 6: "The Miniature Dinosaurs" (praying mantises) ..."Where the Wild Geese Fly" (Canadian geese) ..."Magnificent Mammal Migration" (fur seals) ..."Felines with Many Names" (mountain lions) ..."Some Scary Arachnids" (tarantulas) ..."King of the Northwest" (grizzly bears) ..."Second Most Intelligent Mammal" (chimpanzees) ..."Are Dragons Only a Myth?" (Komodo dragons) ..."The Queen and Her Court" (honeybees) Moreover, each section ends with ten reproducible enrichment activities to further challenge students' thinking skills. Answer keys to all activities are also included at the end of each section. In short, this unique resource gives you scores of stimulating animal stories and activity sheets that promote reading growth, curiosity, and original thinking and invite all students to participate and to be successful.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 411 pages
  • 211.3 x 275.3 x 27.2mm | 1,264.02g
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Jossey-Bass Inc.,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0130600423
  • 9780130600424
  • 1,995,730

About SL Barnes

Stanton L. Barnes received his B.S. in Education from Otterbein College in Ohio and his M.Ed. from Western Washington University. He has been teaching elementary students in the state of Washington for the past 30 years. He has specialized in teaching reading skills at all elementary levels, and is well known for emphasizing scientific thinking and reasoning skills with students.show more

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For all classroom reading teachers and reading specialists, here is an exciting collection of stories that capture and hold students' natural interest in animals while steadily improving their vocabulary, reading comprehension and critical thinking skills through carefully designed activity sheets. You'll find 80 ready-to-use, fully illustrated stories and activity sheets organized into four sections focusing on reading levels 3 to 6 (each level contains 20 two-page stories and 20 accompanying two-page activity sheets). The stories are preceded by "New Vocabulary" to introduce the pronunciation and meaning of new words and "Questions to Ask" to arouse students' curiosity and recall prior knowledge. Students of all ability levels learn new vocabulary by hearing words used in context, often with clues to the meaning built into the story. Vocabulary is repeated in successive stories to reinforce its learning and to make it part of the student's growing language of words. Reading comprehension skills--like using facts to answer specific questions, recognizing main ideas, understanding cause and effects, and predictions--are stressed in all activity sheets. For your convenience, all of this ready-to-use material is printed in a big 8-1/4" x 11" lay-flat binding that folds flat for easy photocopying of each story selection and its accompanying activity sheets. Following a sampling of stories from each of the reading levels: READING LEVEL 3: "A Friendly Spring Bird" (robins) ... "The Shy American Bear" (Black bears) ... "What Big Teeth You Have!" (walruses) ... "American Marsupials" (Opossums) ... "The Biggest Land Mammals" (elephants) ... "Reptiles with Shells" (green turtles) ... "The Most Famous Deer of All" (reindeer) ... "A Big, Beautiful Black Bird" (ravens) ... "Our Worst Friend" (house mice) READING LEVEL 4: "I Wouldn't Eat That Cucumber" (sea cucumber) ... "Our Most Popular State Bird" (cardinals) ... "A Cute Australian" (koalas) ... "The World's Tallest Animal" (giraffes) .. "Whose Stomping Ground Is It?" (skunks) .. "A Prickly Mammal" (porcupines) ... "The Horse Tigers" (zebras) ... "Warts Can Be Beautiful" ... (warthogs) ... "A Great Fish Story" (carp) READING LEVEL 5: "The Largest Rodent in North America" (beavers) ... "A Real Shocking Story" (electric eels) ... "A Night in Armor" (armadillos) ... "The River Horses" (hippopotamuses) ... "Our Most Dangerous Spider" (black widow spiders) ... "The Most Intelligent Invertebrate" (octopuses) "Man of the Woods" (orangutans) ... "The Biggest Snake in the World" (anacondas) READING LEVEL 6: "The Miniature Dinosaurs" (praying mantises) ... "Where the Wild Geese Fly" (Canadian geese) ... "Magnificent Mammal Migration" (fur seals) ... "Felines with Many Names" (mountain lions) ... "Some Scary Arachnids" (tarantulas) ... "King of the Northwest" (grizzly bears) ... "Second Most Intelligent Mammal" (chimpanzees) ... "Are Dragons Only a Myth?" (Komodo dragons) ... "The Queen and Her Court" (honeybees) Moreover, each section ends with ten reproducible enrichment activities to further challenge students' thinking skills. Answer keys to all activities are also included at the end of each section. In short, this unique resource gives you scores of stimulating animal stories and activity sheets that promote reading growth, curiosity, and original thinking and invite all students to participate and to be successful.show more

Table of contents

About This Book. How to Use This Book. READING LEVEL 3. Before Reading the Story: New Vocabulary and Questions to Ask. 1. A Friendly Spring Bird. 2. The Shy American Bear. 3. The Beautiful Ladybug. 4. Is Jack a Rabbit? 5. Monarch Butterflies Flutter By. 6. A Cute and Friendly Furball. 7. Can Squirrels Really Fly? 8. Saving Siberian Tigers. 9. What Big Teeth You Have! 10. The Biggest Land Mammals. 11. American Marsupials. 12. The Great Desert Taxi. 13. Friendly Chips. 14. Clever as a Fox. 15. Reptiles with Shells. 16. A Big, Beautiful Black Bird. 17. Patient Prairie Wolves. 18. Short-Horned Grasshoppers. 19. The Most Famous Deer of All. 20. Our Worst Friend. READING LEVEL 4. Before Reading the Story: New Vocabulary and Questions to Ask. 1. Save the Giant Panda. 2. Hold On, Sea Horse. 3. I Wouldn't Eat That Cucumber. 4. Our Most Popular State Bird. 5. The Really Big Bird. 6. The Greatest Marsupial. 7. A Cute Australian. 8. The Smallest, Brightest Birds. 9. The World's Tallest Animal. 10. Watch Out for Jellyfish! 11. Whose Stomping Ground Is It? 12. A Prickly Mammal. 13. The Horse Tigers. 14. Barn Owls Don't Hoot. 15. Is He Washing for Dinner. 16. King of the Beasts. 17. Warts Can Be Beautiful. 18. Beep-beep! 19. Could a Woodchuck Chuck Wood? 20. A Great Fish Story. READING LEVEL 5. Before Reading the Story: New Vocabulary and Questions to Ask. 1. The Biggest Mammal. 2. The Playful River Otters. 3. The Largest Rodent in North America. 4. Dig Those Badgers. 5. The Great American Bird. 6. A Real Shocking Story. 7. A Night in Armor. 8. The River Horses. 9. The Most Intelligent Invertebrate. 10. Our Most Dangerous Spider. 11. Man of the Woods. 12. The Biggest Snake in the World. 13. The Ant Bear. 14. The Sea Bears. 15. Those Old Ducks. 16. Where Has Little Dog Gone. 17. Largest Land Animal in the United States. 18. Watch Your Fingers. 19. The Fastest Creature on Earth! 20. The Beautiful Killer Whale. READING LEVEL 6. Before Reading the Story: New Vocabulary and Questions to Ask. 1. Our Favorite Dolphin. 2. Andes Truck. 3. The Largest Reptiles Are Scary. 4. The Miniature Dinosaurs. 5. The Mighty Rhinoceros. 6. The Powerful, Peaceful Primate. 7. Where the Wild Geese Fly. 8. Magnificent Mammal Migration. 9. Felines with Many Names. 10. Some Scary Arachnids. 11. World's Largest Venomous Snake. 12. The Fastest Land Mammal. 13. Second Most Intelligent Mammals. 14. The Queen and Her Court. 15. King of the Northwest. 16. The Only True Vampires. 17. The Tough Rulers of Antarctica. 18. The Man-eating Fish Tale. 19. The Wolf that Cried Boy. 20. Are Dragons Only a Myth.show more