Seymour Simon does an excellent job describing each animal in an engaging way. It's really a great book to show how to make their non-fiction writing more interesting (because we know those can sometimes be the students' most BORING pieces of writing...) while still maintaining the truth.
One thing I like to do with this book is show the students one of the pictures FIRST. They work with a partner to decide what vocabulary words they are sure they will hear on that page. As we read, they check off words on their list that were in the text, and add other important words. Then, they use these words to help summarize what we've read. It really works wonderfully because it keeps them from just "using" a sentence or two from the book, and it holds them accountable to using that important vocabulary!
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I hope this gives you some ideas to use with a GREAT Science Mentor Text! I can't wait to see everyone else's link-ups! Make sure to go check out the others, too!