Reviewed by Janet Acerra
5th grade teacher and College Adjunct Instructor
This is one of several books in a series that engages the reader in thought–provoking questions that make them choose between the best of two evils, while learning information about two animals that is not necessarily well known.The book provides thirteen pairs of animal debates, ranging from the choice of having a pet chimpanzee or python to swimming with either a great white shark or box jellyfish.
Each set of pages includes high–interest text about each animal, colorful pictures, factoid boxes, and the challenge question for consideration. This book is a perfect choice for students to practice using the Common Core Standards in reading and science as they use the facts provided in the text to support their opinions as a young scientist while engaging in discussions with others. It is the perfect choice for teachers wanting to teach to the standards using a nonfiction, science–based text.
The book also contains a "Lightning Round" section that provides more questions which require students to actually look up the facts themselves prior to making their choices, integrating the need for students to do the research! In only 32 pages, the book is a valuable teaching tool that upper elementary teachers can use to make science lessons more interesting and get students thinking about the importance of weighing the facts when making difficult decisions. It is a must–have for science classrooms!
Review posted on 10/17/2012