Literature Based Learning: Biggest, Strongest, Fastest
Children has a natural thirst for information about science/nature and wonder about the things around their world. A great way to continue building that sense of wonder and curiosity is through reading non-fiction books. Books about nature and science are one of the greater ways to lead them into learning about the world around them.
We did our literature based learning with a blend of inquiry based through this book by Steve Jenkins, “Biggest, Strongest, Fastest”. Here’s a brief description of the story – “From a tiny flea to the mammoth blue whale, the animals in this book set records for being the biggest or the smallest, the fastest or the slowest, and everything in between. Each page compares the animal to a human in a small diagram, helping children to compare and contrast the unique characteristics of the animals to themselves.”
Our home learning for this topic were mainly done through our discussions where questions were raised both by me and the kids. The kids were eager to voice their ideas about the amazing animals and their sizes and I’ve used their enthusiasm to reinforce the concepts drawn from this book.
Here’s a short clip of our read aloud and discussion session for your reference.
- The different animals and their characteristics
- Their difference in sizes and capabilities
- Are they herbivore, carnivore or omnivore?
- The food they eat; where they live
You may download the printables to make this chart from here.
We followed up with a cut and paste activity where the kids get to revisit all that they have learned through a chart where they could clearly see the comparisons of the characteristics and various other information of the animals.
- Watching documentaries about animal world (click here to get a list of them free from Youtube)
- Hear the different sounds made by the animals (click here to get a video on animal sounds)
- Play the Animal Habitat File Folder Game (click here to get the printable)
- Read additional books about animals – What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins; Amazing Animal Facts by Jacqui Bailey
For a busy WAHM like me home learning has to be made simple and can be easily executed with very little prep work
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