Childrens Science Books about Animals
Studentís love researching animals.
Writing childrens science books lets them use their own language instead of the scientific terminology they encounter during their research.
Structure is the key to doing this activity well:
- Allow at least four weeks for research, including at least 3 hours in the library with adult supervision.
- Students need to use at least 5 sources. Including at least
- One book.
- One magazine article.
- One reputable internet source.
They should put each fact they learn into one of these categories:
- The animalís body.
- How does it acquire and digest food?
- Reproduction, family life, and life cycle. (Focus on child-rearing rather than sex -- this is a children's book.)
- Environmental issues. Where does it live? How is it adapted to its environment? How does it interact with other organisms, such as predators or prey. Is it endangered?
- Interesting facts. (This can be information that doesnít fit in another category.)
- Two weeks before the book is due, ask to see a rough draft with a complete text and either sketches or descriptions of the illustrations.
- I read all of them within one week.
The final books should be well-illustrated, informative, and fun.
The writers will love reading their books to younger learners.
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