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The World's Best Noses, Ears, and Eyes
by Helen Rundgren
Ingela P. Arrhenius, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 8 x 10 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823431618 | 07-01-2014

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: SECOND | Age: 6 to 10

Themes: Animals/Nonfiction, Science & Nature
Recommendations: K

CCSS Codes:
W. 3.2, 2a-d, 4-5, 7-8,10
SL. 3.1, 1a-d, 2-6
RF. 3.3, 3a, 3c-d, 4, 4a, 4c
L. 3.3, 3a, 4, 4a, 4c-d, 5, 5a-c
RL. 3.1, 3-7, 10
RI. 3.1-5, 8-9

About the Book
Readers will be astounded and amused by this introduction to the strange and amazing world of seeing, hearing, and smelling in the animal kingdom.

In this colorful picture book filled with fantastic facts, a lively cast of animals competes to decide which one has the best sight, hearing, and sense of smell. People may think that their senses are pretty good, but compared to the incredible abilities of many animals, human senses aren't so impressive. A polar bear can smell a seal from a half mile away. Snails can see around corners with eyes that are on stalks. Bats transmit messages to one another that are so high-pitched humans cannot even hear them, while elephants communicate with one another up to two miles away in tones too low for people to hear.

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. What is the main idea or topic? Use details from the story to explain. RL.2-3.1, 2
2. Describe how author Helen Rundgren organizes the book. How does this enhance the understanding of the topic? RI.2-3.1, 5
3. Create an outline using the headings Noses, Ears, and Eyes. Organize the information using details from the book. RI.2-3.1, 5 / W.2-3.7, 8, 10
4. How does the author connect fiction and informational text in the book? W.2-3.4, 8, 10