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

How Many Ways Can You Catch a Fly?: Steve Jenkins & Robin Page

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How Many Ways Can You Catch a Fly?

Author/Illustrator: Steve Jenkins & Robin Page
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Year: 2008
Brief Summary: Kids learn about different challenges animals face (finding food, building shelter, hatching eggs) and how they solve these problems.  More detailed facts about the animals are presented in the back of the book.
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.:

  • Science: what are some challenges animals face?  (Having to catch food, hatch an egg, build a shelter, etc.)  What are some creative ways animals solve these problems?
  • Can you think of some challenges that we face as humans that are similar to those faced by animals?  Do we have to worry about finding food, “hatching an egg”/taking care of a baby, building shelter, etc?  How do we solve these challenges?
  • Can you think of a challenge that you faced lately…how did you solve it?  Write about it and share with your classmates.

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

Accessed at: Capilano Library