Friday, September 4, 2015

A Text to Use When Teaching Habitats

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
When teaching habitats, having a variety of interesting, well-illustrated non-fiction texts enhances the unit and helps engage students, and, most importantly, it helps students gain further appreciation for the Greatness of Allaah.

Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea is a non-fiction text that will provide children with a generous, but not overwhelming, amount of fascinating information about the creation of Allaah, while helping them understand that Allaah is al-Khaliq.

Read this review and you will see why having this book in your homeschool classroom/ classroom will enhance your ocean or animals unit. 

"...Steve Jenkins offers young readers a quietly stunning story about the world below the watery surface in Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea. With his incredible paper collage illustrations of sea creatures and informative text, Jenkins manages to plumb the unfathomable depths of our oceans for the age 5-9 set in this perfect read-aloud and look closely book. Down, Down, Down captures the vastness, complexity and mysteriousness of the deep without over-simplifying the new research and astonishing discoveries. This oceanography lesson unfolds as a story in which the reader descends from the blue surface down nearly 36,000 feet (that’s seven miles down!) to the Marianas Trench, while meeting Flying Squids and Loosejaw Stoplight Fish along the way. This is an enchanting and informative choice for kids who loved the classic illustrations of Eric Carle, Lois Ehlert and Leo Lionni as pre-schoolers, but are ready to bump up to a nonfiction read..."

Here is a peek at some of the paper collage illustrations:

What books do you use when teaching habitats?