Sunday, February 16, 2014

Incredible Reptiles! Ecosystems and Adaptations (Must Read Mentor Text for Science)

Happy Sunday!

It's time for our Mentor Text Linky! I am here to share a fabulous Science Mentor Text with you! :)

But, get's a little scary if you don't love reptiles!!!  ;)

This is Planet Earth's Incredible Reptiles book! I just LOVE the cover!!! Definitely will grab my students' attention!

Here is a description from These adaptable animals can be found almost everywhere, from lush rainforests to harsh deserts, and make unique contributions to their various habitats. This scrapbook highlights the distinctive relationship between these cold-blooded creatures and their environment with bite-size facts and full-color photos.

I love this text because I know that it will capture my students' attention, and it will generate some awesome discussion. I am still deciding how I want to use this I want to read it as a Read Aloud or do I want to place it in my classroom library and see what happens? :) I think I will use it as a read aloud first, and then let my students get their hands on it. 

In fourth grade, we teach ecosystems, food chains, and adaptations. This book will be great for all three of those skills! I know that as soon as I read one page, the kids' hands will be shooting up....what? how? why? Their questions will be endless!

The beginning of the book explains the major groups of reptiles and the habitats where they can be found.

Each page describes a different reptile. It includes information about the reptile's weight, length, where it lives, favorite foods, and interesting facts.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the amazing photos!!! 

This book will be a PERFECT introduction to our unit on ecosystems. It will spark my students' attention and will generate great questions. I think I may integrate our informational writing this this year with our study of animals and ecosystems. This book will be a fabulous reference for students. 

Do you have some favorite ecosystem or adaptations texts? I would love to hear about them!  :)


Have a Happy Sunday!

Next week's linky- Social Studies


  1. The boys in my class would be fighting over that book! The photos do look amazing- definitely HIGH interest. :)
    Happy Sunday,
    Creating a Thoughtful Classroom

  2. I don't teach science, but this looks like a great book to use for nonfiction in language arts. As an independent read, I'm sure I would have trouble keeping it on the shelf. Thank you!

    Fit to be Fourth

  3. I don't care for reptiles but my students would love this and it would be great for studying this group of animals!

  4. I love how appealing this book looks for kids! So many great text features too! I love when I use a mentor text to teach a lesson and then they beg me to "borrow" it so they can read it again!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  5. Your book choice is awesome! I bet your kids loved it. I love when I find fabulous nonfiction books that utilize the text features properly. Thanks for sharing it.


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