In My Backyard
Children’s book author Valarie Giogas and animal illustrator Katherine Zecca do a fabulous job of introducing readers to the myriad of animals that can be found in their backyard. The detail in the illustrations is extraordinary. Love that counting skills and the different names for groups for animals are emphasized while reading the tale. A beautiful view of the world just outside your door. The end of the story is simply the beginning of a whole world of learning. Check out the Creative Minds section at the back of the book for more opportunities to learn about what’s “In My Back Yard”.
Baby dogs are puppies and they belong to a litter, but what is a baby skunk called and what is the name of its family group? This clever, rhythmic story tells us just that! Counting from one to 10, familiar backyard animals are introduced by baby and family group name. Each stanza also tells a bit more about each animal by providing clues as to what they eat, how they sound or where they live. The “For Creative Minds” section includes more animal fun facts, information on keeping a nature journal and how to watch for wildlife in your own backyard.
This nonfiction picture book with a cuddle factor and rhyming text includes a 6-page For Creative Minds section in the back of the book and a 32-page cross-curricular Teaching Activity Guide online. In My Backyard is vetted by experts and designed to encourage parental engagement. Its extensive back matter helps teachers with time-saving lesson ideas, provides extensions for science, math, and social studies units, and uses inquiry-based learning to help build critical thinking skills in young readers. The Spanish translation supports ELL and dual-language programs. The interactive ebook reads aloud in both English and Spanish with word highlighting and audio speed control to promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, text engagement, and reading comprehension.
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