Living Things Are Everywhere! introduces children to the idea that everything around them can be classified as either living or non-living. Through this concept, children can begin to see that science is part of their everyday lives. The book encourages children to look beyond obvious movement to other properties of living things such as eating, growing, and breathing.
Fish introduces children to the structural characteristics of fish in addition to their feeding habits, grouping patterns, and survival mechanisms. Vivid photographs of various species of fish in their natural environment communicate the relationship between fish features and behaviors. The photos also illustrate the ability of fish to be successful in their surroundings.
This book introduces children to plant-like organisms that live in the ocean. Children learn about how kelp grows, its process, and its arrangement. Kelp is also shown as an integral part of the ocean environment. Finally, the book discusses how humans use kelp for products such as toothpaste and ice cream. The photographic images allow children to better grasp the intricacy of this underwater plant-like organism and compare its structures to plants on land.
This book introduces children to the features of oceans. Each theme within the book is introduced through a question. Children activate prior knowledge to make a prediction and then test the accuracy of their prediction by reading the text. The book talks about ocean water movement, shorelines, plants and animals that live in the ocean, and how humans use the ocean.
Hughes, M. (2005). What is an Ocean? Chicago, IL: Heinemann Library.
This book gives children a basic introduction to what shells are, where they come from, and the living things that inhabit them. Animals discussed range from land snails and turtles to ocean animals such as crabs, whelks, and scallops. The colorful and age-appropriate illustrations are engaging for young readers and assist them in grasping the material presented.
Zoehfeld, K. W. (1994). What Lives in a Shell? NY: HarperCollins Children’s Books.
This book introduces children to a variety of ocean fish whose distinctive features help them either hide from predators or surprise their prey. The extraordinary photographic images allow readers to observe and recognize the unique adaptations displayed among the different fish in their natural environment. The images also magnify the different textures, surfaces, colors and structures within the ocean itself.
This book introduces children to the concept of fish and their lives in an underwater world. Emphasis is placed on fish functions and structures that allow fish to endure living in water and how humans are different and specially made for land. Age appropriate illustrations model proper observation and care for pet fish. The anatomical illustrations give a young reader the chance to comprehend vital processes going on within their own bodies and within bodies of other living things.
This book introduces children to the characteristics of dolphins, their feeding habits, swimming patterns, and habitats. Each of the book’s themes begins with a question that prompts children to activate prior knowledge as they think/discuss their response. The book includes teaching notes that highlight the literacy and science content of the text.
Chan, H. (2001). What Do You Know about Dolphins? National Geographic.
Swartz, S. L. (2001). Fish & Their Babies. Parsippany, NJ: Domonie Press.