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Animal School
What Class Are You?
by Michelle Lord
Michael Garland, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 11 x 9 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823430451 | 07-01-2014

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: SECOND | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Animals/Nonfiction, Science & Nature, Rhyme & Alliteration, Poetry
Recommendations: A, K*, LMC, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
RI. 2.1, 3-6, 8-10
L. 2.3-4a, 4e, 5a, 5b, 6
RF. 2.3, 3f, 4a, 4b
SL. 2.1, 1a, 1b, 1c, 2-4, 6
W. 2.2, 5-8

About the Book
In this poetic exploration of the five vertebrate classifications—mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish—animals come to life in lush color.

Elephants to pygmy wrasses,
vertebrates are grouped by classes.

Each class gets the spotlight in breathtaking digital woodcut art accompanied by rhythmic, kid-friendly poetry. With a focus on trademark characteristics, such as birds' beaks or the scales of fish, the book explains the differences between the five classes. Back matter includes an index and a glossary of scientific terms, as well as a table with information and examples from each classification for cross-referencing.


★ "Lord's rhyming verse explores those different vertebrate classes . . . in language that is understandable, sometimes humorous and even elegant. . . . Both beautiful and educational."—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. How does author Michelle Lord organize the structure of the book? How did the structure contribute to the meaning and style? RL.2-3.5
2. In small groups create a list of "animal classes" and find "characteristics" of each class from the text. Locate specific details from each "stanza" to support your answers. RL.2-3.5 / RI.2-3.1, 3 / W.2-3.7, 8
3. Find specific animals that belong in each class and categorize them. Describe how you used illustrations and words from the book to find your answers. RI.2-3.1, 2, 3, 7
4. Research one of the animals that you found interesting from Animal School. Create a poem on the animal you chose using information from your sources. W.2-3.2, 7, 8, 10