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Mama Built a Little Nest

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Author/Publisher/Website: Ward, J.
Copyright:
Evaluation/Record Entry Date: Apr/2019
Submitting suppliers/Website: Not Available
Primary Identifier: 9781442421165
Recommended Grades and Subjects/Courses: K-3
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Resource Description

This engaging story in rhyme illustrates how fourteen different birds build or find unique nests to raise their babies. Colourful illustrations accompany easy-to-read text, with bold text for the storyline and text in smaller type to provide additional, factual information on the nests and species of birds. This appealing picture book would be at home in primary science lessons on animal adaptations, but also can be used in art units on illustration techniques and in ELA units when exploring rhyme or literary elements.

CURRICULUM FIT

Does the resource support BC curriculum?
Extensively
This product supports the Core Competencies of the BC curriculum:
Communication
Creative Thinking
Critical thinking
Comments:
This book can be used to support the Science Big Ideas in K-3 of the B.C. curriculum, specifically, in Kindergarten, "plants and animals have observable features." In Grade 1 it supports the idea that "living things have features and behaviours that help them survive in their environment." In Grade 2 it can be used to learn about life cycles and reflects the idea, "living things have life cycles adapted to their environment." In Grade 3 it shows that "living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems." Additionally, this story conveys the Science Curriculum Competency for K-3, as students "demonstrate curiosity and a sense of wonder about the world."

SOCIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Socio Economic:
The book ends with showcasing a child's bedroom as the child's own nest.
Do the social considerations support, rather than detract from, student learning?
Extensively
Social Considerations Comments:
The book concludes with showcasing a child's bedroom as the child's own "nest," however, many children do not have their own bedroom, let alone a bed, and so this portrayal might not be a reflection of their "nest" at all. The ending is meant to include a bit of humour to the story and does not distract the reader from the information that this book imparts on young readers.

GENERAL CONTENT

Content
Is the resource engaging?
Extensively
Is the content current for the intended curriculum and grade?
Extensively
Is the content accurate for the intended curriculum and grade?
Extensively
Is the content timely and important for student broad understandings?
Extensively
Audience:
Is the content appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Extensively
Does the resource provide opportunities for creative and critical thinking?
Moderately
Can the content be differentiated?
Extensively
Can reading level be adjusted?
Extensively
Is the level of detail appropriate?
Extensively
Is the content of particular interest to male students?
Extensively
Is the content of particular interest to female students?
Extensively
Is the language use appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Extensively
Comments:
This resource uses simple language but also introduces new and interesting words such as “ledge, fledge, burrow, furrow, hollow, breezy, crud, fuddy, silky.” It gives the reader the option to make the text easier by just reading the bold words, which tell the story, however, the reader may also choose to read the small print on the pages to offer their students further information about the kinds of birds showcased. The author also includes a list of websites for students who show an interest to learn more about different types of birds.

TECHNICAL DESIGN

Does the resource make effective use of the medium?
Extensively
Is the location of illustrations appropriate?
Extensively
Is the resource easy to use?
Extensively
Is the use of font, text size and presentation uniform?
Extensively
Comments:
This picture book is clear and concise, with easy-to-read text. It offers bold text that follows the storyline and small text to share more information about the birds on any given page.

PRINT NOVEL

Does the text broaden students’ experiences and understanding?
Extensively
To what degree is this text stylistically rich?
Moderately
Plot description:
"Mama built a little nest inside a sturdy trunk. She used her beak to tap-tap-tap the perfect place to bunk." The author takes the reader through a series of different birds and depicts how they build or find a nest to raise their young. The story is told in rhyme and includes details about the materials used to build the nests and factual information on the various types of birds displayed.
Related Comments:
This picture book has colourful illustrations which depict a variety of birds. Elaborations on the type of nests are placed on each page to further enrich the experience.
Genre:
Narrative non-fiction
Type:
Picture book
Visual Highlights:
Picture book

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Readability:
At intended grade level(s)
Comments:
ALA Notable Children's Books ; Kansas State Reading Circle List PrimaryTitle ; Kentucky Bluegrass Award Master List ; Keystone to Reading Book Award Master List (PA) ; NYPL 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing ; Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee (AZ) ; Great Lakes Great Books Master List (MI) ; Colorado Book Award ; NH Ladybug Picture Book Award Nominee ; Wisconsin State Reading Association's Reading List ; Washington State Towner Award Nominee. Teacher's Guide https://www.simonandschuster.net/books/Mama-Built-a-Little-Nest/Jennifer-Ward/9781442421165

SUGGESTED CLASSROOM USAGE

Comments:
This book would be a great addition to a science lesson regarding how animals adapt to different environments. Students could read this book and then attempt to create their own nest using different materials. This book displays many different types of birds and would make a great addition to a bird unit. Furthermore, it could also be used as inspiration in an art unit about the use of different lines, textures, contrasts, and colour to showcase an idea. Finally, the language is thoughtful and teachers could use this book when exploring rhyming words, or literary elements in a text.
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