- Bibliographic information
Montgomery, Sy. (2006). Quest For The Tree Kangaroo. Bishop, Nic. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Genre: Children’s Literature
Age: 9 & Up
Grade Level: 3 & Up
My Prediction of the children’s book Quest For The Tree Kangaroo was that there was going to be a lot of images and little text. When I opened the book and started glancing at it, to my surprise, there was a lot of writing, and the illustrations were real-life photographs from Guinea. I had no idea what were Tree kangaroos until I picked up the book. The book was very organized, and it had so much information about the Tree Kangaroos, and the natives of Guinea. The book was almost as a written document from the very beginning of when the explorers, and archaeologist entered the village, to the very end of their expedition. The reason that I believe this book is appropriate to be part of my classroom library and even be apart of the curriculum is because it has so much life resources and actual events of animals that are becoming extinct in our planet. This book has a lot of illustrations, and information about the text, that 3rd graders should not have a problem knowing what the image means. Quest For The Tree Kangaroo is a great book to introduce hands-on learning experiences both outside and inside the classroom. I would like us this Children’s Literacy book during “Earth Day,” for students to feel encouraged of what it means in keeping our planet safe, and clean.
I thought this book was very long to read in one sitting. Therefore I would have to split this book into parts to focus on critical details of what this children’s book is trying to convey. The setting of this book is very different from any book that I have read because it is based on a different part of the world, introduces indigenous people, and it is in a different environment of that of California- or in the U.S.A. I feel that children will have a lot of questions about the country of Guinea, so I need to be ready to do some further research about the country and the people. Many people are talking throughout the book, so it is from the natives and the expeditioners perspective. All in all, this is an excellent book to use in all developmental aspects such as science, literacy, art, and even math (creating graphs).
Grade level: 5th Grade
Students will choose an animal that is close to extingshone, and will be create a google earth presentation explaining the environmental factors: habitat loss, poaching, and climate change.
- Why do you think the animal that you choose is so important to its habitat?
- Where does your animal belong in the food chain?
- How does your animal contribute to the environment? (Start in its habitat, and think of the trickle down effect)
- What can we do as a society to help our planet?
- What can we do to help these animals? (Think of changes that we can make at home or at school.)
Standards-based lesson activity:
Every student will have a Chromebook computer and will research five animals that are close to extinction from all over the world. Using google docs w,e will create a list of the animals and their habitats. Each student will write their name right next to the animal they have chosen to present via Google Earth.
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