This appealing book focuses on answering who, what and where questions using patterned responses, introduces less familiar vocabulary, and helps build semantics and categorization. Each page features one of 11 different jungle animals (monkey, tiger, hippo, parrot, rhino, elephant, lion, panda, giraffe, zebra and snake) and asks what it eats, where it lives, who is its friend (the animal on the next page), what color it is, and what is special about that animal. The vocabulary consists primarily of familiar words, but less common words such as striped, river, beak, trunk, grassland, mane, masked and bamboo are included. Print and laminate all pages. Bind the cover page and pages 3 - 13 on the left with combs or spirals, or put in clear page protectors and place in a 3 ring binder. Cut the objects on pages 14 - 17 and use for the matching to the pictures on each page. Use clear velcro dots to keep them from sliding off the page.
Strategies & Activities
a) Read the story several times. b) Talk about each section of that page—the facts about each animal. c) Use the small pictures to reinforce the vocabulary. d) Ask the questions on the page. Display the small pictures for additional cues. Students answer the questions and place the matching picture on the page in response to the question.
by Kathy Grover
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