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Animal Clues (Grades K2)
How good is your knowledge of animals? On each page is a puzzle to solve. Look carefully at the pictures and read the clues. Can you guess the animal's name? When you have guessed, turn the page for the answer.
Samples from the book
Ideas to get you started
Even young children can do research
Before showing the book, make a list of questions that can be answered by looking closely at the photographs in it. Here are some possible questions:
In this case making notes is all part of the game of guessing the answer, but writing-as-we-read is also a valuable research strategy. Here's how it's done using the Big Book version of Animal Clues.
|Do spiders have six legs?||No. they have 8|
|Do grasshoppers have wings?||Yes|
|How many toes do frogs have?||4 on each foot|
|Do lizards have eyelids?||No|
|Which animal has its mouth in the middle of its body?||A sea star or starfish|
Children can also write their own puzzle book, modeled on Animal Clues. Each child writes one page (question + answer) for the book. This involves a simple research activity using photographs only. They can draw the clues or cut photographs out of old magazines.
Contents of Animal Clues
These books are now out of print
Second-hand copies can sometimes be bought from: