Love clear, detailed photos of nature and easy to understand text? Thinking of doing a unit of study or a research project on biomes with younger readers? You should try Rourke Educational Media's series. Each book features a different biome and shows how it changes through the seasons. Plants, animals, and weather are discussed and illustrated with photos that capture your attention. In Freshwater Pond Biome, you learn what qualifies as a freshwater pond, what happens at the pond during each season, and ways to help keep ponds clean and safe for the future.
Even if you don't plan to do research, these are written at a reading level that makes it easy to use them with students as young as second grade (reading independently), or younger if an adult is reading aloud. The length is perfect for lessons on finding main ideas and supporting details or learning to summarize a text. They are also good books to use in introducing the text features of nonfiction/informational text. A table of contents, index, glossary, bold print, captions, headings, and sidebars help make the information easy to find and use.
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