Full Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest book review.
Title: All in a Rainforest Day
Author: Ellen B. Senisi
Photographs: Thomas Marent
Publisher: EdTechLens, 2014
Theme: Non-fiction, Rainforest, Animals
Suitable: Ages 4 and up
Opening Lines: "Morning sunshine wakes up rainforests around the world. Beams of light touch the tops of the tree canopy. Up in the canopy, baby animals wake to a bright new day."
Synopsis: This beautiful 31-page book, geared towards the young reader, takes a close-up look at the plant and animal life in a tropical rainforest. It is one component of the Rainforest Journey curriculum package published by EdTechLens.
Why I Loved It:
1. The photos are extremely appealing with large, bright, clear pics on colourful backdrops.
2. The text on each page is minimal but factual AND lyrical.
3. There are many close-up photos with an emphasis on baby animals.
4. It takes the reader on a lovely journey from early morning 'til dusk. The orangutan photos (especially the sleeping baby) drew many oohs and ahs from my class of six-year-olds.
5. It's a great introduction to an animal or rainforest unit.
1. EdTechLens has lots of free sample lesson plans.
2. They also have some cool media samples, including sounds of the rainforest.
3. Deep Space Sparkle is my favourite go-to art site and they didn't disappoint. Check out these super rainforest art projects!
You can click the images to go to the art lessons. Both of these are geared towards older students, but that never stops me! I often try lessons like this with my Grade One class.
In case you're interested, EdTechLens is looking for teachers to pilot their program!