This book is now available as an e-book.
Did You Eat Today? (Grades
David Drew illustrated
by Terry Denton
zoo animals eat flowers, rats, oranges and broccoli? All the information
is in the tables, charts, calendars, column graphs, bar charts, and diagrams.
to show a chimpanzee's diet
to compare quantities of food eaten by sharks and bears
and clock faces: to
indicate eating patterns of seals, sharks, and snakes
to measure how much tigers and tortoises eat
fiction with nonfiction
information in words and graphs
and writing number words
number words to quantities in diagrams
amounts in bar graphs
patterns in calendars and tables
and unbalanced diets
Caring for animals
words and sentences
information from visual texts
from the book
to get you started
- This new PDF is a useful introduction to visual texts for K-2, as it includes
so many different kinds: lists, "bar charts" (or bar graphs), calendars,
column graphs, analog clock face and tables.
- How do
you "read" a visual text with the children? The best way is
to show them the calendar or bar graph, and ask them questions about
it. Here's how:
- In the
shark calendar above, read the line
"But I don't get fed every day." Point out that what
follows is a one-week calendar, and read the abbreviations of the days
of the week. Say, "Mon is short for Monday. What
would Tues be short for?" ("Tuesday!")
And so on. Then ask, "Which days does the shark get fed?"
(The blank days. The shark is fed only on days with a check mark.) Here
is an opportunity to link literacy and mathematics: compare the checked
days and the blank days and ask, "Most days the shark goes hungry:
true or false?" (True) "What is the longest time the shark
is hungry?" (2 days)
- In the
shark's bar graph, help the children
to interpret the chart by asking them to count the prawns (shrimp), fish and
octopus. Then ask, "What animal does the shark eat most?"
(Prawns) "What does it eat least?" (Octopus) In this way you
are teaching the children to read visual texts for themselves.
reading the book, talk about the nutrition issues of the visitor's
diet (pages 16-17). Children can keep their own "food diary"
by recording everything they eat (at home and school) in a day. They
can make their own bar charts to record these foods. Display and discuss
the results on the following day.
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