Science [Sunshine State Science Standards. Standard 2: The student understands the process and importance of genetic diversity. Benchmark SC.F.2.1.2 AND Florida State Standards for 3rd grade science: SC.3.L.15.1], reading comprehension, and character building exercises for the homeschool or classroom that accompany the picture book, How Alligator Got His Smile Back. Science activities are tied directly to Florida standards and consistent with Common Core.
Synopsis: How Alligator Got His Smile Back, is a modern myth with a science twist. It describes the origins of frog songs, mangrove swamps, cypress knees, and of course, how alligators got their big grins. As prehistoric Alligator frolics in the water with his best friend, the tadpole Frog, their friendship suffers when Frog changes and is able to leave the water to jump across the land. Eventually, Alligator evolves into the form we know today, and learns the true meaning of friendship along the way.
The book (Guardian Angel Publishing's Academic Wings imprint 2014) is available on BarnesandNoble, Amazon or at www.jaynemoraski.com