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I Used To Be A Fish

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Author/Publisher/Website: Sullivan, T.
Copyright: 2016
Evaluation/Record Entry Date: Jun/2019
Submitting suppliers/Website: Not Available
Primary Identifier: 9780062451989
Recommended Grades and Subjects/Courses: K-1
(View recommended grades and subjects) English Language Arts

Resource Description

This picture book presents the concepts behind the Theory of Evolution to K-1 students in easy-to-read text, simple illustrations, and a timeline. It is a simple, scientific introduction to the stages of human evolution, starting with fish, discussing the reasons behind each stage, and ending with the last stage which is modern humans. A good choice for a read-aloud to students or addition to the classroom library.

CURRICULUM FIT

Does the resource support BC curriculum?
Moderately
This product supports the Core Competencies of the BC curriculum:
Communication
Creative Thinking
Comments:
This book can used be used to support K-1 English Language Arts to demonstrate the Big Idea that "stories can be told through pictures and words", as each double page has a drawing to go with the story. Young children could tell the story through the pictures.

SOCIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Gender Roles, Identity & Sexual Orientation:
In this book, only the male gender is chosen to represent humankind in the Theory of Evolution.
Multiculturalism:
This book generalizes the race of humankind in the Theory of Evolution. The illustrator depicts Caucasian to be the main focus.
Humour:
There is an illustration that shows the character being embarrassed about being naked.
Do the social considerations support, rather than detract from, student learning?
Extensively
Social Considerations Comments:
The generalization of gender and race is to be noted and a discussion can be had with the class to address gender roles and diversity among people in the world.

GENERAL CONTENT

Content
Is the resource engaging?
Moderately
Is the content current for the intended curriculum and grade?
Moderately
Is the content accurate for the intended curriculum and grade?
Moderately
Is the content timely and important for student broad understandings?
Moderately
Audience:
Is the content appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Moderately
Does the resource provide opportunities for creative and critical thinking?
Moderately
Is the level of detail appropriate?
Moderately
Is the content of particular interest to male students?
Moderately
Is the content of particular interest to female students?
Moderately
Is the language use appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Extensively
Comments:
The book is well laid out with only a small amount of writing on a page, and the page opposite the written page has a drawing of what the writing is describing. The content, a simplified version of the story of human evolution, is appropriate to young children. It is written in language that young children can easily understand.

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
Are extraneous elements/illustrations kept to a minimum?
Extensively
Comments:
This book effectively uses the medium by providing additional elements such as a timeline describing the "Brief History of Life on Earth" that is based on the Theory of Evolution. This resource is simple and easy to read due to the limited text on the page, which allows for young readers to understand what the book is about. The illustrations are simple and provide readers with the basic understanding of the stages of evolution.

PRINT NOVEL

Does the text show insight into the complexity of the human condition?
Moderately
Does the text broaden students’ experiences and understanding?
Extensively
To what degree is this text stylistically rich?
Moderately
Plot description:
This book showcases a simple and scientific introduction to the process of human evolution through basic text and illustrations. It describes each stage, starting with a fish, and reasons behind each stage, and ends with the last stage which is modern humans.
Related Comments:
This picture book includes a short and simple representation of the science behind the Theory of Evolution. It provides readers with a basic understanding of the stages and/or processes of the theory. It doesn't provide insight into the complexity of the human condition since the plot is quite generalized, due to the simplicity of the text that is written for a younger audience, and there is no richness to the words.
Literary Highlights:
Effective figurative language
Type:
Picture Book
Visual Highlights:
Picture Book

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Readability:
At intended grade level(s)
Comments:
None were found

SUGGESTED CLASSROOM USAGE

Comments:
This book would be best read to the students as a story time book as many K/1 students, especially at the beginning of the year, wouldn't be able to read it on their own. It could also be added to the classroom library.
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