While several distinct bear species live throughout the world, the most common and well known is the black bear. Readers will find out what sets these powerful mammals apart from their relatives, from what they eat and where they live to how they interact socially and how they raise their young. They will also learn about the complicated relationship between black bears and humans.
COMMON CORE CONNECTIONS:
- Science nonfiction texts about the animals children are most interested in that meet students' need for complex informational texts.
- Related articles and web links available on www.factsfornow.scholastic.com with which students can meet the Informational Reading Anchor Standard 9, to analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
- A glossary of domain-specific vocabulary words which connects to Language standards for Vocabulary Acquisitions and Use.
- Source material on fascinating animals for students to meet Writing standards by creating opinion pieces and informative texts.
- Animal classification information and realistic, detailed photos provide text features that help students meet Informational Reading Anchor Standard 7, to integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
- Large photos allow readers to get a close look at the animals in their natural habitats
- Discover where the animals live with the habitat map
- Informative text offers a clear view of the animals' role in nature
- Glossaries define important vocabulary specific to each book
- Fact file provides an easy reference for vital information about the animals' classification and basic habits
- www.factsfornow.scholastic.com is available for those students who want to learn more about the topic. This excellent website contains rich content, as well as other suggested websites vetted by our editors.