Actual Size: Steve Jenkins

Actual Size

Author/Illustrator: Steve Jenkins
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Year: 2004
Brief Summary: Children learn about animal sizes and units of measurement through life-size drawings of animals and animal parts.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • Math: discuss units of measurement — length and weight.  Provide rulers and scales for students and have them measure various items.  Compare the measurements with some of the measurements in the book to get an idea of how big/small the animals or animal body parts are.
  • Science: discuss the animals in the book.  How do body parts or appearance/size of the animals help them?  For example, the atlas moth’s size protects it from prey, the giant anteater’s tongue is two-foot tongue helps it eat termites, etc.
  • Have students select one of the animals in the book and conduct further research.   Provide other non-fiction books for additional information.
  • Art: Jenkins uses a lot of cut/torn-paper art in this book.  Provide pieces of construction paper of various colors and let students create different animals.

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.  Additional facts for further research about the animals in the back of the book.

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary School

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