American Museum of Natural History
American Museum of Natural History. 2013. ABC animals. CA: Sterling Publishing
This book will help you learn the alphabet with fun facts about an animal for every letter. From the long, sticky tongued Armadillo to the plant-eating Zebras, this book is an informative and brightly colored reference on many of your favorite animals.
Readability Formula Grade
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level 5
Gunning-Fog Score 5.8
Coleman-Liau Index 12.3
SMOG Index 6
Automated Readability Index 5.6
Average Grade Level 6.9
This is a board book picture book that features 26 animals, one for each letter of the alphabet. The readability score ranks the animal facts at being on a 6th grade level, therefore it may be an adult-guided book for younger students. Each page features three different animals, with brightly colored backgrounds and colorful photographs of the animals. While there are many generally known animals such as the lion and the giraffe, there are also more obscure animals featured such as the Hoopoe bird and the Okapi, a close relative to the giraffe.
This is a preschool to early-elementary level science book in that it can help acquaint children with animals. Children can use this book to connect pictures to names, letters to sounds and animals, as well as simple facts about each animal.
Standard 3.0 Comprehension of Literary Text
1. Develop and apply comprehension skills by reading and analyzing a variety of self-selected and assigned literary texts including print and non-print
2. Analyze text features to facilitate understanding of literary texts
3. Analyze elements of narrative texts to facilitate understanding and interpretation
1. Recognize that living things are found almost everywhere in the world and that there are somewhat different kinds of living things in different places.
Observe, describe, and give examples and describe the many kinds of living things found in different places in Maryland.
Using pictures, films and illustrated texts identify, describe and compare living things found in other states such as Texas and Alaska to those found in Maryland.
Explain that the external features of plants and animals affect how well they thrive in different kinds of places.
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