My choice for this week's Perfect Picture Book Friday is a National Geographic KIDS book called Ants by Melissa Stewart.
Publisher: Scholastic, 2010
Genre: Non-Fiction, Early Reader, Ants
Intended Audience: Ages 5 to 10
Synopsis: This book is jam-packed full of interesting facts about ants, along with some big, bright pictures.
Opening Lines: Do you know how many ants live in the world? More than 10,000,000,000,000,000. That's a lot of ants!
Why I Like This Book: I read this book to my class yesterday and EVERYONE thought it was really cool. It ties in nicely with our writing unit on "All About" books. The large photographs and illustrations dominate each page so that visually it's very appealing and easy to follow. There are lots of labels, text inserts and zoom-in images. The text itself can be read by a competent Grade 1 reader. It also has some attention-grabbing sections, i.e., "The Ant Man" and "Superhero Ants". When we read the section on worker ants, the kids were amazed to learn that all the workers are females!
Here are some great resources for you:
Click this image to learn how to draw cartoon ants.
|From DLTK's Crafts for Kids|
DLTK's has the directions for this cute egg carton craft.
|Source: Crafts Ideas for Kids|
You could buy one of those cool looking ant farms from Scholastic OR you could click on this image and learn how to make your own ant farm.
This is a great fictional text to go along with your ant studies.
Enjoy your long weekend, my fellow Canadians!