Habitat Spy Prairie Storms One Wolf HowlsDesert Baths
 
Common Core (English Language Arts) Science (NGSS*) Click to see table of Reading Levels comparing Guided Reading, Lexile, AR, and Reading Counts
  Adapted Stories   Life Cycles
  Collective Nouns   Physical & Behavioral Adaptations
  Rhyme & Rhythm   Habitats
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Common Core (Math)   Animal Classification
  Math Grades K-2   Astronomy
  Math Grades 3-5   Earth Systems & Human Activity
      Weather, Climate, & Seasons 
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Adapted Stories

Students must compare and contrast different versions of the same story. These titles are adaptations of traditional folklore, childhood songs, nursery rhymes, or stories and can easily be compared to the original, traditional version and/or other adaptations.

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Maggie Magpie patiently explains how to build a nest. This clever retelling of an old English folktale teaches the importance of careful listening.

A fun-filled Southwestern spin on a famous fable flavored with repetition for preschoolers and puns for older children, this book is tasty reading for all!

Catchy twists on traditional songs have children chiming in about cactuses, camels, and more as they learn about the world’s desert habitat, flora, and fauna. Step back in time and follow dinosaur tracks around the world. Whether made by a few dinosaurs or large groups, these tracks provide clues to the movement and behavior of these lovable ancient creatures. What dinosaurs made the tracks and what do scientists think they were doing when they made them? The author tells the story in rhythmic rhyme that may be sung to the tune of Over the River and Through the Woods.

Modeled after The Wizard of Oz, this enchanting story describes a young giraffe who suffers from a fear of heights and his journey to overcome the doubt that holds him back.

           
Chicken Little may have thought the sky was falling but Peter Pika is sure the glaciers are melting and is off to talk to the Mountain Monarch about it. An adaptation of “This is the House that Jack Built,” the story follows polar bears, walruses, seals, narwhals, and belugas as they chase each other in the arctic waters.

Nursery rhymes go nautical, from sea to shining sea, in this fanciful book of familiar children’s verse with a twist. Ideal for read-aloud, this book will bring laughter and joy…and just maybe the smell of salt water in the air!

Children learn about the wide variety of creatures lurking in the lush Amazon rainforest in this award-winning adaptation of “The Green Grass Grew All Around.” The Tree That Bear Climbed is a creative twist on the classic, The House that Jack Built. Young listeners and early readers will love the rhythmic repetition as they learn about the many parts of a tree. Beginning with the roots that anchor the tree, this cumulative verse story climbs to a surprise ending. Why is bear so eager to climb the tree and what happens when he gets to the top? Written by Marianne Berkes. Illustrated by Kathleen Reitz. This delightful adaptation of the children’s classic, “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” takes readers to the zoo, as preparations are under way for “Zoo Day.” But things aren’t going according to plan . . .
           

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Collective Nouns

Students need to learn what groups of things are called, collective nouns. These titles incorporate this information into the story text and/or the For Creative Minds section.

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Animals, like people, enjoy spending time with their friends and family. Many groups of animals have their own unique names. Did you know a group of gorillas is a called a band? And a bunch of billy goats is a tribe? Following in the footsteps of Multiply on the Fly (multiplication), the award-winning What’s New at the Zoo? (addition) and What’s the Difference? (subtraction), this rhythmic, fun-to-read-aloud book introduces children to division as they conquer bands, tribes, mobs and more. Written by Suzanne Slade. Illustrated by Erin E. Hunter 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 and more! This delightful adaptation of the children’s classic, “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” takes readers to the zoo, as preparations are under way for “Zoo Day.” But things aren’t going according to plan . . .      
           

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Rhyme & Rhythm

Students are required to determine if words rhyme and to describe how rhythm contributes to the story.

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Compare and contrast different animals through predictable, rhyming analogies. Follow the balloon-making process from start to finish, beginning with the liquid latex that flows out of rubber trees and ending at your birthday party! Tiger lives in the jungle but Tiggy lives on the porch.  What are the differences between the largest wild cats and our small domestic companions? What are the similarities? Children will learn about a new big cat and little kitty each day of the week in BIG CAT, Little Kitty. Written by Scotti Cohn, Illustrated by Susan Detwiler. A fun-filled Southwestern spin on a famous fable flavored with repetition for preschoolers and puns for older children, this book is tasty reading for all! Written by Terri Fields and Illustrated by Sherry Rogers. The summer days get a little colder; the leaves turn from green to orange and red. Critters play in the time of changing seasons and remind us that the changes of the earth affect us all—animals and humans alike!
           
Enjoy a day in one of the most dynamic habitats on earth—the salt marsh. Fun-to-read, rhyming verse introduces readers to hourly changes in the marsh as the tide comes and goes. Written by Kevin Kurtz and illustrated by Consie Powell. Rhyming verses take children up a mountain to explore how animals and habitats change as they travel higher and higher above sea level. Written by Kevin Kurtz, Illustrations by Erin E. Hunter. Catchy desert twists on traditional children’s songs will have children chiming in about bats, cactuses, camels, meerkats, and more as they learn about the desert habitat, flora, and fauna. Whether sung or read aloud, Deep in the Desert makes learning about the world’s deserts anything but dry. Written by Rhonda Lucas Donald. Illustrated by Sherry Neidigh
           
Animals, like people, enjoy spending time with their friends and family. Many groups of animals have their own unique names. Did you know a group of gorillas is a called a band? And a bunch of billy goats is a tribe? Following in the footsteps of Multiply on the Fly (multiplication), the award-winning What’s New at the Zoo? (addition) and What’s the Difference? (subtraction), this rhythmic, fun-to-read-aloud book introduces children to division as they conquer bands, tribes, mobs and more. Written by Suzanne Slade. Illustrated by Erin E. Hunter This clever book of baby announcement riddles will have children giggling as they use the various text and illustrated clues to guess what baby was just born. Written by Doris Fisher and Illustrated by Lisa Downey Sing along to this light-hearted romp while learning about different food chains within a single ecosystem. Which animals come out on top, and which animals end up as snacks? An adaptation of “This is the House that Jack Built,” the story follows polar bears, walruses, seals, narwhals, and belugas as they chase each other in the arctic waters. Written by Laura Crawford Illustrated by Ben Hodson 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 and more! Written by Valerie Giogas, Illustrated by Katherine Zezca Nursery rhymes go nautical, from sea to shining sea, in this fanciful book of familiar children’s verse with a twist. Ideal for read-aloud, this book will bring laughter and joy…and just maybe the smell of salt water in the air!
           
Following in the footsteps of What’s New at the Zoo? (zoo animal baby addition) and What’s the Difference? (endangered animal subtraction), children learn about insects and multiplication through rhythmic verses. In this delightful, rhythmic sequel to One Odd Day, the young boy awakens to find that it is another strange day—now everything is even, and his mother has two heads! Written by Doris Fisher and Dani Sneed and Illustrated by Karen Lee. After chugging down his glass of milk that’s two-thirds gooey paste, a young boy and his friend are off to camp for a day of fraction fun and an out-of-this world soccer game. Written by Doris Fisher and Dani Sneed and Illustrated by Karen Lee. Join a young boy and his dog as they explore Newton’s Laws of Motion on an educational outdoor adventure! Written by Lynne Mayer, Illustrated by Sherry Rogers. In this humorous, rhythmic, read-aloud story, a young boy awakens to find that everything around him is odd…and learns some valuable math lessons along the way. Written by Doris Fisher and Dani Sneed and Illustrated by Karen Lee. Rhythmic text takes readers through the months as one lonely wolf howling in January becomes three wolves barking in the crisp March air, six napping in the warm June weather, and a pack-wide celebration in December. Written by Scotti Cohn and Illustrated by Susan Detwiler
           
Toe-tapping rhymes take readers on an adventure that leaps from lily pads to icebergs to the tips of trees, all following the beat of paws, claws, hands, and feet. Written by Kimberly Hutmacher and Illustrated by Sherry Rogers. Children learn about the wide variety of creatures lurking in the lush Amazon rainforest in this award-winning adaptation of “The Green Grass Grew All Around.” Written by Susan K. Mitchell and Illustrated by Connie McLennan. It’s time for Packy the Packrat to sort through his ever-growing collection of trinkets and put them away. Told in rhyme, the text leads the reader to participate in the sorting process. Written by Barbara Mariconda and Illustrated by Sherry Rogers. Two friends take off on a butterfly hunt, only to find themselves tangled in a mathematical net! Who will catch the most butterflies on their addition adventure? The Tree That Bear Climbed is a creative twist on the classic, The House that Jack Built. Young listeners and early readers will love the rhythmic repetition as they learn about the many parts of a tree. Beginning with the roots that anchor the tree, this cumulative verse story climbs to a surprise ending. Why is bear so eager to climb the tree and what happens when he gets to the top? Written by Marianne Berkes. Illustrated by Kathleen Reitz.
           
Zoo Day Do you ever wonder how animals stay warm in the winter? Well they wonder how humans do too! In a twist of perspective, wild creatures question if humans use the same winter adaptation strategies that they do. Do they cuddle together in a tree or fly south to Mexico? Take a look through an animal’s eyes and discover the interesting ways that animals cope with the cold winter months in this rhythmic story. Written by Carrie A. Pearson. Illustrated by Christina Wald. Author Suzanne Slade takes readers along on a wild ride as she introduces mother, father, and baby zoo creatures while practicing math along the way! What’s the Difference? weaves subtraction and endangered species education into rhyming, cross-curricular family fun. Written by Suzanne Slade, Illustrated by Joan Waites.    
           

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Math Grades K-2

Basic introductory math skills covered include counting; simple addition and subtraction; telling time of day, weeks, months; and number patterns including even and odd.

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Tiger lives in the jungle but Tiggy lives on the porch. What are the differences between the largest wild cats and our small domestic companions? What are the similarities? Children will learn about a new big cat and little kitty each day of the week in BIG CAT, Little Kitty. The summer days get a little colder; the leaves turn from green to orange and red. Critters play in the time of changing seasons and remind us that the changes of the earth affect us all—animals and humans alike! Help Detective Duck “quack” this case! Using deductive reasoning and subtraction skills, Detective Duck must figure out which of the thirteen animals stole a cake from the cake contest. Animals bathe to keep their bodies clean and healthy. Humans use soap and warm water but how do wild animals bathe? Follow twelve different animals to explore how they stay bug, fungus, and disease-free in a dry desert climate. Structured around a 24-hour day, readers watch the sun and moon move through the sky affecting the various animals’ habits. Written by Darcy Pattison. Illustrated by Kathleen Rietz.

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 and more!

           

In this delightful, rhythmic sequel to One Odd Day, the young boy awakens to find that it is another strange day—now everything is even, and his mother has two heads!

In this humorous, rhythmic, read-aloud story, a young boy awakens to find that everything around him is odd…and learns some valuable math lessons along the way. Rhythmic text takes readers through the months as one lonely wolf howling in January becomes three wolves barking in the crisp March air, six napping in the warm June weather, and a pack-wide celebration in December. Penelope Parker lives with penguins! Short ones, tall ones; young and old—the penguins are from all over the Southern Hemisphere including some that live near the equator! Do the penguin antics prove too much for her to handle? Children count and then compare and contrast ten different penguin species as they learn geography. Written by Carol A. Cole. Illustrated by Sherry Rogers.

           

It’s time for Packy the Packrat to sort through his ever-growing collection of trinkets and put them away. Told in rhyme, the text leads the reader to participate in the sorting process.

Author Suzanne Slade takes readers along on a wild ride as she introduces mother, father, and baby zoo creatures while practicing math along the way! What’s the Difference? weaves subtraction and endangered species education into rhyming, cross-curricular family fun.  
           

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Math Grades 3-5

Basic late-elementary math skills include simple multiplication and division, simple fractions; coordinate grids (maps in FCM), reading and understanding charts and graphs (FCM), and higher-level place value, measurement/temperature comparisons (FCM).

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An orphaned sea lion is found and raised at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California. When released, he keeps swimming back to the Center, just like a lost dog finding his way home. Based on real events, follow Astro to his current home at the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut. Animals, like people, enjoy spending time with their friends and family. Many groups of animals have their own unique names. Did you know a group of gorillas is a called a band? And a bunch of billy goats is a tribe? Following in the footsteps of Multiply on the Fly (multiplication), the award-winning What’s New at the Zoo? (addition) and What’s the Difference? (subtraction), this rhythmic, fun-to-read-aloud book introduces children to division as they conquer bands, tribes, mobs and more. Written by Suzanne Slade. Illustrated by Erin E. Hunter Soar into the Solar System to witness the first Favorite Planet Competition, emceed by none other than the former-ninth planet, now known as dwarf planet Pluto. The readers become the judges after the sun can’t pick a favorite and the meteors leave for a shower. From pirate bugs to spittlebugs to lovely Luna moths, children will love learning about the world’s insects in Multiply on the Fly! Following in the footsteps of What’s New at the Zoo? and What’s the Difference, this rhythmic book teaches multiplication in a way that will make children “bug” you for more. By Suzanne Slade. Illustrated by Erin E. Hunter After chugging down his glass of milk that’s two-thirds gooey paste, a young boy and his friend are off to camp for a day of fraction fun and an out-of-this world soccer game. After a devastating earthquake, mother and baby giant panda run from the wreckage of their reserve only to get lost. Will they ever find their way home again?
           
This sequel to the award-winning Water Beds takes readers on an around-the-world boat ride to learn how mammals sleep in or around nine major rivers of the world on all continents except Antarctica.          
           

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Life Cycles

State and NGSS science standards require students to understand that plants and animals have repeatable life cycles, that young resemble their parents, and that living things change over time. Includes complete and incomplete metamorphosis information in FCM sections.

           
An orphaned sea lion is found and raised at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California. When released, he keeps swimming back to the Center, just like a lost dog finding his way home. Based on real events, follow Astro to his current home at the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut. Baby Owl's Rescue Felina the Florida Panther’s forest home is threatened by humans and deforestation. Will this endangered species survive and adapt or become extinct? Follow this young red fox as he explores the world around him during the first few months of his life learning to hunt through play and by using his senses.
           
Happy Birthday To Whooo? There is a commotion on the lake: he hops, he squawks, and worst of all, he can’t stand still! Will the young heron learn to stand still like his elders? The seasons turn cold, and little red bat doesn’t know what to do. Should she stay or should she go? Find out in this tale of a young red bat’s first winter. Young Moose is lucky to find a friend and guide in the wisecracking Magpie. Laugh along with these two pals, and maybe—just maybe—Moose will make a joke of his own! From pirate bugs to spittlebugs to lovely Luna moths, children will love learning about the world’s insects in Multiply on the Fly! Following in the footsteps of What’s New at the Zoo? and What’s the Difference, this rhythmic book teaches multiplication in a way that will make children “bug” you for more. By Suzanne Slade. Illustrated by Erin E. Hunter
           
Ocean Seasons Many animals gather in huge numbers at predictable times and locations. Travel along with them as you learn about what puts these animals On the Move. Rhythmic text takes readers through the months as one lonely wolf howling in January becomes three wolves barking in the crisp March air, six napping in the warm June weather, and a pack-wide celebration in December. After a devastating earthquake, mother and baby giant panda run from the wreckage of their reserve only to get lost. Will they ever find their way home again? When Shark Baby’s egg case tears loose in a storm, he travels ocean habitats to learn what kind of shark he is.
           
A companion book to Mary Alice Monroe’s Swimming Lessons, this photo journal explains the nesting cycle of sea turtles and natural life along the southeastern coast. When a diamondback terrapin lays eggs in a girl’s sandbox, she becomes a “turtle-sitter.” She learns about these animals and makes an important contribution to their survival. Author Suzanne Slade takes readers along on a wild ride as she introduces mother, father, and baby zoo creatures while practicing math along the way! When tiny turtle breaks free of his shell, he’s ready to set out for his new home. But when a wrong turn takes him off tack, how will he find where that home is? Marcel, a young tundra swan, is tired from the first half of a winter migration, so he decides to stay up north. He soon realizes he’s not cut out for life on ice. What will he do?  
           

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Physical & Behavioral Adaptations

Plants and animals have physical structures and instinctual behaviors that allow them to survive in their habitat. External structures include body parts for moving (feet shape, wings), getting food (claws, beak shape), or getting oxygen (nose, blowhole, gills). Behaviors can include camouflage (holding still), migration or hibernation, methods of seeking prey (cats stalking), etc. Some adaptations are a combination of behavior and physical structures. While many Arbordale books include this information in For Creative Minds’ activities, these particular titles introduce the information in the story itself. This set falls under life science and crosses over to Social Studies and Geography.

Rhyming verses take children up a mountain to explore how animals and habitats change as they travel higher and higher above sea level.
           
Follow this young red fox as he explores the world around him during the first few months of his life learning to hunt through play and by using his senses. Modeled after The Wizard of Oz, this enchanting story describes a young giraffe who suffers from a fear of heights and his journey to overcome the doubt that holds him back. Chicken Little may have thought the sky was falling but Peter Pika is sure the glaciers are melting and is off to talk to the Mountain Monarch about it. There is a commotion on the lake: he hops, he squawks, and worst of all, he can’t stand still! Will the young heron learn to stand still like his elders? Baby Bat and Pluribus Packrat explore the deepest, darkest corners of their cave where they meet animals that don’t need eyes to see or colors to hide from enemies. Baby Bat learns how important bats are to the cave habitat and how other cave-living critters rely on bats for food. Written by Janet Halfmann. Illustrated by Shennen Bersani. Join Delfina the dolphin as she imagines that she becomes other sea animals: a fish, a sea turtle, a pelican, an octopus, a shark, and even a manatee!
           
This whimsical story lets children imagine what life would be like if they were a pet parrot, climbing around the house, chewing wooden spoons, and more! This heart-warming story shares an Australian creature’s journey to find his place in the world and how he sometimes falls flat on the way there. The seasons turn cold, and little red bat doesn’t know what to do. Should she stay or should she go? Find out in this tale of a young red bat’s first winter. When Little Skink loses her bright blue tail, she daydreams of other tails. Then she gets a big surprise. . .and her tail-dreaming days are over! Dangerous animals from all over the world gather for the Most Dangerous Animal of All Contest. Snakes, spiders, sharks...who will the winner be? Deadly poison, huge teeth, razor-sharp horns, and fearsome feet are just a few of the ways that animals kill. Predators mean to kill. Prey simply defend themselves. And yet, the unexpected “Most Deadly Animal” doesn’t mean any harm! Don’t let the suspense kill you. Written by Terri Fields. Illustrated by Laura Jacques. Uncover the surprising ways that all different animals in various habitats around the world take part in recycling and learn why it is important for our environment.
           
Hidden in forests of kelp, tucked under a shelf of coral, and floating in dark depths, the denizens of the underwater world wait for readers to discover them. Seasons change in the ocean much as they do on land. In fanciful form, children learn about plants and animals that are joined through the mix of seasons, food webs, and habitats beneath the waves.  Octavia just cannot get her colors right when she tries to shoot her purple ink cloud to protect herself! What will happen when a hungry shark shows up? Many animals gather in huge numbers at predictable times and locations. Travel along with them as you learn about what puts these animals On the Move. Toe-tapping rhymes take readers on an adventure that leaps from lily pads to icebergs to the tips of trees, all following the beat of paws, claws, hands, and feet.
           
When Shark Baby’s egg case tears loose in a storm, he travels ocean habitats to learn what kind of shark he is. Two friends search for butterflies ... who will catch and release the most butterflies on their addition adventure? Rose learns how to attract butterflies to her. As she finds more and more, Ed finds less and less. Beatrix the beaver longs to be good at something. Her brother Bevan is an expert at repairing the lodge with mud and twigs. Her sister Beverly is a superb swimmer and underwater gymnast. What makes Beatrix stand out? Written by Jean Heilprin Diehl. Illustrated by Cathy Morrison. The Tree That Bear Climbed is a creative twist on the classic, The House that Jack Built. Young listeners and early readers will love the rhythmic repetition as they learn about the many parts of a tree. Beginning with the roots that anchor the tree, this cumulative verse story climbs to a surprise ending. Why is bear so eager to climb the tree and what happens when he gets to the top? Written by Marianne Berkes. Illustrated by Kathleen Reitz. Tudley, a painted turtle, adopts other animals’ behaviors—simply because he doesn’t know he can’t! All the while, he uses his special behaviors to help other animals and learn a little about himself.
           
When a diamondback terrapin lays eggs in a girl’s sandbox, she becomes a “turtle-sitter.” She learns about these animals and makes an important contribution to their survival. Do you ever wonder how animals stay warm in the winter? Well they wonder how humans do too! In a twist of perspective, wild creatures question if humans use the same winter adaptation strategies that they do. Do they cuddle together in a tree or fly south to Mexico? Take a look through an animal’s eyes and discover the interesting ways that animals cope with the cold winter months in this rhythmic story. Written by Carrie A. Pearson. Illustrated by Christina Wald. This soothing bedtime story explains in simple, poetic language how ten different marine mammals—animals that live in water but breathe air—sleep in the ocean. When tiny turtle breaks free of his shell, he’s ready to set out for his new home. But when a wrong turn takes him off tack, how will he find where that home is? Marcel, a young tundra swan, is tired from the first half of a winter migration, so he decides to stay up north. He soon realizes he’s not cut out for life on ice. What will he do?  
           

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Habitats

State and NGSS science standards require students to understand that plants and animals rely on living (food web, shelter needs using plant material, animal-related seed dispersal) and non-living (climate, wind, rocks, soil, water) things to meet their basic needs for survival and that those needs must be meet within their habitat. Most state standards spit this between living and earth science concepts but the two are being combined under the upcoming NGSS. This subject overlaps with Social Studies Geography standards.

           
Rhyming verses take children up a mountain to explore how animals and habitats change as they travel higher and higher above sea level. Catchy twists on traditional songs have children chiming in about cactuses, camels, and more as they learn about the world’s desert habitat, flora, and fauna. Animals bathe to keep their bodies clean and healthy. Humans use soap and warm water but how do wild animals bathe? Follow twelve different animals to explore how they stay bug, fungus, and disease-free in a dry desert climate. Structured around a 24-hour day, readers watch the sun and moon move through the sky affecting the various animals’ habits. Written by Darcy Pattison. Illustrated by Kathleen Rietz.
           
Chicken Little may have thought the sky was falling but Peter Pika is sure the glaciers are melting and is off to talk to the Mountain Monarch about it. When a volcano explodes, many plants and animals die. Gopher survives in his burrow. How does he help life return to the mountain? Scientists spent years observing life returning to Mount St. Helens. This fictionalized story is based on their surprising findings on how life returns to a destroyed habitat. Written by Terry Catasus Jennings. Illustrated by Laurie O'Keefe. Told in rhyming narrative, Habitat Spy invites children to find plants (or algae), invertebrates, birds, and mammals living in thirteen different North American habitats: backyard, beach, bog, cave, desert, forest, meadow, mountain, ocean, plains, pond, river, and swamp. Children will have fun discovering the characteristics of each habitat as they “spy,” identify, and count the resident plants and animals and learn about the interactions between living and non-living things. Written by Cynthia Kieber-King, Illustrated by Christina Wald. “Hey Diddle Diddle” is a whimsical journey along a riparian food web through the songs and antics of eight interconnected species. From a shiny green beetle “tappin’ his feet and singin’ a song” to a smug bobcat that feels like the “queen” of the jungle, readers will observe several colorful characters moving through three food chains in a familiar North American habitat. By Pam Kapchinske. Illustrated by Sherry Rogers. Baby Bat and Pluribus Packrat explore the deepest, darkest corners of their cave where they meet animals that don’t need eyes to see or colors to hide from enemies. Baby Bat learns how important bats are to the cave habitat and how other cave-living critters rely on bats for food. Written by Janet Halfmann. Illustrated by Shennen Bersani. An adaptation of “This is the House that Jack Built,” the story follows polar bears, walruses, seals, narwhals, and belugas as they chase each other in the arctic waters.
           
Seasons change in the ocean much as they do on land. In fanciful form, children learn about plants and animals that are joined through the mix of seasons, food webs, and habitats beneath the waves.  Cozy up for this great rainy day read! Prairie Storms gives you a front row seat to learn about a year of ever-changing prairie weather, and how the animals living in these grasslands adapt and survive in this harsh climate. Each month, read about a new animal, and learn about everything from how a prairie grouse can survive the January snows to how an earless lizards escapes the harsh, unrelenting drought of August. Told in lyrical prose, this story is a celebration of the great American prairies. By Darcy Pattison. Illustrated by Kathleen Rietz. The Rainforest Grew All Around When Shark Baby’s egg case tears loose in a storm, he travels ocean habitats to learn what kind of shark he is.
           

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Helping Animals & Changing Habitats

State and NGSS science standards require students to understand that habitats change due to earth processes (fast or slow), and can also be changed by living things—including humans. This set incorporates Environmental Education, Earth Systems, and Life Science. 

           
This photographic journal takes readers “behind the scenes” at four different wildlife rehabilitation centers where sick, ill, and injured animals are nursed back to health and released into the wild. Written by Jennifer Keats Curtis. This photographic journal takes readers “behind the scenes” at five nonprofit sanctuaries and rescue zoos, and one care farm, that have opened their doors and their hearts to desperate animals in need. An orphaned sea lion is found and raised at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California. When released, he keeps swimming back to the Center, just like a lost dog finding his way home. Based on real events, follow Astro to his current home at the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut. Join Maddie and Max as they learn a valuable lesson from a little lost owl. This story reminds us that we live in a world surrounded by wild animals, and those wild animals deserve our caution and respect!
           
This heartwarming photographic journal describes a critically ill sea turtle as she is nursed back to health at a Sea Turtle Hospital, and then, she is returned to her home in the sea! Felina the Florida Panther’s forest home is threatened by humans and deforestation. Will this endangered species survive and adapt or become extinct? When a volcano explodes, many plants and animals die. Gopher survives in his burrow. How does he help life return to the mountain? Scientists spent years observing life returning to Mount St. Helens. This fictionalized story is based on their surprising findings on how life returns to a destroyed habitat. Written by Terry Catasus Jennings. Illustrated by Laurie O'Keefe. After a devastating earthquake, mother and baby giant panda run from the wreckage of their reserve only to get lost. Will they ever find their way home again? A hurricane forms over ocean. Humans board up windows, gather food and supplies, and then wait for the storm to arrive. But what do wild animals do?
           
Beatrix the beaver longs to be good at something. Her brother Bevan is an expert at repairing the lodge with mud and twigs. Her sister Beverly is a superb swimmer and underwater gymnast. What makes Beatrix stand out? Written by Jean Heilprin Diehl. Illustrated by Cathy Morrison. A companion book to Mary Alice Monroe’s Swimming Lessons, this photo journal explains the nesting cycle of sea turtles and natural life along the southeastern coast. When a diamondback terrapin lays eggs in a girl’s sandbox, she becomes a “turtle-sitter.” She learns about these animals and makes an important contribution to their survival. What’s the Difference? weaves subtraction and endangered species education into rhyming, cross-curricular family fun.    
           

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9781628553147

 

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Animal Classification

While many Arbordale books include this information in For Creative Minds’ activities, these particular titles cover the in-depth information in the story itself. To date, the classification titles cover the main animal vertebrate classes: fish, reptiles, mammals, birds, and amphibians. Many state standards place this in grades 1 and 2 but the subject is moving to grade 3 with the upcoming NGSS.

           
Sophia dreams that wind whisks fur and feathers right off animals. Trying to help, she sews each of them a new “coat.” But what kind do they need? “Hey Diddle Diddle” is a whimsical journey along a riparian food web through the songs and antics of eight interconnected species. From a shiny green beetle “tappin’ his feet and singin’ a song” to a smug bobcat that feels like the “queen” of the jungle, readers will observe several colorful characters moving through three food chains in a familiar North American habitat. By Pam Kapchinske. Illustrated by Sherry Rogers. Join Delfina the dolphin as she imagines that she becomes other sea animals: a fish, a sea turtle, a pelican, an octopus, a shark, and even a manatee!    
           

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Astronomy

Whether standards refer to Astronomy, the Solar System, or the Earth’s Place in the Universe, this set includes titles about moon phases, meteors, and planets. Many states introduce this subject in 1st or 2nd grade and then pick it up again in 4th or 5th grade. NGSS moves these subjects to 1st and 5th grade. 

           
Influenced by Native American folktales, this story teaches the phases of the moon while emphasizing how to deal with bullies. Soar into the Solar System to witness the first Favorite Planet Competition, emceed by none other than the former-ninth planet, now known as dwarf planet Pluto. The readers become the judges after the sun can’t pick a favorite and the meteors leave for a shower. This touching story of a father and child’s nighttime excursion to watch a meteor shower is told through the eyes of a child in awe of the night world. Jeffrey wants Saturn for his birthday, and he wants the moons, too—all 47 of them. His dad better hurry with the order, though, because shipping might take a while. Below-freezing temperatures, scorching heat, and storms bigger than the planet Earth are just some of the wild weather you will encounter on your trip through the solar system! Get your fun facts along with your forecast for each major planet, as well as a moon (Titan) and a dwarf planet (Pluto). Get ready for some out of this world fun with Solar System Forecast! Written by Kelly Kizer Whitt. Illustrated by Laurie Allen Klein
           

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Earth Systems &
Human Activity

This NGSS grouping incorporates state standards dealing with earth materials and properties (rocks, soil, water, etc.), natural resources (renewable and non-renewable), and natural disasters (earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes) and the impact on life. At the state level, these standards are often split between earth science, social studies, environmental education, and life science.

           
Follow the balloon-making process from start to finish, beginning with the liquid latex that flows out of rubber trees and ending at your birthday party! Chicken Little may have thought the sky was falling but Peter Pika is sure the glaciers are melting and is off to talk to the Mountain Monarch about it. When a volcano explodes, many plants and animals die. Gopher survives in his burrow. How does he help life return to the mountain? Scientists spent years observing life returning to Mount St. Helens. This fictionalized story is based on their surprising findings on how life returns to a destroyed habitat. Written by Terry Catasus Jennings. Illustrated by Laurie O'Keefe. Uncover the surprising ways that all different animals in various habitats around the world take part in recycling and learn why it is important for our environment.
           
After a devastating earthquake, mother and baby giant panda run from the wreckage of their reserve only to get lost. Will they ever find their way home again? A hurricane forms over ocean. Humans board up windows, gather food and supplies, and then wait for the storm to arrive. But what do wild animals do?        
           

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Weather, Climate,
& Seasons

Some state standards require students to know the different between weather and climate or between climate and seasons and some states require distinction between all three related but different concepts. NGSS moves this subject into Earth Systems and Human Activity (see above) because of the non-living interrelationship between living things (including humans) and their habitat.

           
An adaptation of “This is the House that Jack Built,” the story follows polar bears, walruses, seals, narwhals, and belugas as they chase each other in the arctic waters. A young boy and his grandpa push aside their Christmas preparation to rescue a beautiful cardinal during a blizzard and nurse it back to health. The summer days get a little colder; the leaves turn from green to orange and red. Critters play in the time of changing seasons and remind us that the changes of the earth affect us all—animals and humans alike!
Rhyming verses take children up a mountain to explore how animals and habitats change as they travel higher and higher above sea level.
Catchy twists on traditional songs have children chiming in about cactuses, camels, and more as they learn about the world’s desert habitat, flora, and fauna.
Animals bathe to keep their bodies clean and healthy. Humans use soap and warm water but how do wild animals bathe? Follow twelve different animals to explore how they stay bug, fungus, and disease-free in a dry desert climate. Structured around a 24-hour day, readers watch the sun and moon move through the sky affecting the various animals’ habits. Written by Darcy Pattison. Illustrated by Kathleen Rietz.
           
Chicken Little may have thought the sky was falling but Peter Pika is sure the glaciers are melting and is off to talk to the Mountain Monarch about it. The seasons turn cold, and little red bat doesn’t know what to do. Should she stay or should she go? Find out in this tale of a young red bat’s first winter. Ocean Seasons Cozy up for this great rainy day read! Prairie Storms gives you a front row seat to learn about a year of ever-changing prairie weather, and how the animals living in these grasslands adapt and survive in this harsh climate. Each month, read about a new animal, and learn about everything from how a prairie grouse can survive the January snows to how an earless lizards escapes the harsh, unrelenting drought of August. Told in lyrical prose, this story is a celebration of the great American prairies. By Darcy Pattison. Illustrated by Kathleen Rietz. The Rainforest Grew All Around
           
A hurricane forms over ocean. Humans board up windows, gather food and supplies, and then wait for the storm to arrive. But what do wild animals do? Below-freezing temperatures, scorching heat, and storms bigger than the planet Earth are just some of the wild weather you will encounter on your trip through the solar system! Get your fun facts along with your forecast for each major planet, as well as a moon (Titan) and a dwarf planet (Pluto). Get ready for some out of this world fun with Solar System Forecast! Written by Kelly Kizer Whitt. Illustrated by Laurie Allen Klein A companion book to Mary Alice Monroe’s Swimming Lessons, this photo journal explains the nesting cycle of sea turtles and natural life along the southeastern coast. Do you ever wonder how animals stay warm in the winter? Well they wonder how humans do too! In a twist of perspective, wild creatures question if humans use the same winter adaptation strategies that they do. Do they cuddle together in a tree or fly south to Mexico? Take a look through an animal’s eyes and discover the interesting ways that animals cope with the cold winter months in this rhythmic story. Written by Carrie A. Pearson. Illustrated by Christina Wald. Marcel, a young tundra swan, is tired from the first half of a winter migration, so he decides to stay up north. He soon realizes he’s not cut out for life on ice. What will he do? Many animals gather in huge numbers at predictable times and locations. Travel along with them as you learn about what puts these animals On the Move.
           
Rhythmic text takes readers through the months as one lonely wolf howling in January becomes three wolves barking in the crisp March air, six napping in the warm June weather, and a pack-wide celebration in December.          
           

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