Brittanie Priest

EELB 532 Book Share Summary Table

Full reference citation Lovett, Sarah, and Mary Sundstrom. Encyclopedia of
extremely weird animals. Santa Fe, NM: John Muir
Publications, 1997. Print.

A brief 2-3 The Encyclopedia gives basic information on a variety of
sentence annotation/description of animals, specifically what makes them “weird”. The animals
your book are broken up into groups: bats, birds, endangered species,
fish, frogs, insects, primates, reptiles, snakes, and spiders.

How do you evaluate the relevance of The book has many animals the students are most likely
this book to your students’ familiar with, such as bats, penguins, and humpback
culture/family background? whales. The book also has pictures of each animal. The
book, however, does not have much relevance to culture or
family background.

Science content/concepts presented in The science content and concepts presented in this book
this book. are based on biology and how a variety of animals live,
along with other facts that may be considered weird, hence
the title.

What literacy skills does this book This book is more suited for students of a higher reading
demonstrate? level due to some of the vocabulary it uses, including the
names of the animals.

What science process skills does this The book encourages students to think about why these
book demonstrate? animals have these “weird” traits or characteristics. Most of
the time, it will lead them to realize that many of these
animals have adapted or evolved to survive better in their

How can the book lead to a science I could use this book to talk about how life adapts to better
lesson? (How would you use this book survive or thrive in its environment, or to better elude
in an elementary classroom to support predators. We can talk about the traits that parents want to
the teaching of science?) pass down to their offspring, which makes them be more
particular about mates.

Another lesson could be about how these “weird”
characteristics help them survive, and perhaps other
characteristics that would help them survive.