One Science picture book
Bibliographic Information: Jacobs, Emma. Sea Horses Picture Book For Kids. Austin, TX: A Reading Place, 2013.
This picture book has large photographs of seahorses in their native environment. It takes the reader through their appearance, their homes, their food, their predators, their babies (and how the males carry the young), and their lifespan. It also gives details on various species: lined seahorses, pot-bellied seahorses, dwarf seahorses, and sea dragons.
Quantitative Reading Level: Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 84.7
Qualitative Reading Analysis:
This book has a mild amount of technical terms, but most sentences are easily understandable by an elementary school student. Sentences have an average of twelve words; words average two syllables. This is an engaging book.
Content Area: Science-Life Science, Marine Biology
Content Area Standard:
- CCSS for Reading for K-5: #1 Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers; #4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text; #7 Explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story.
This is a good introduction to seahorses, which are always popular with elementary school students. It is best suited to 3rd through 5th grade. It has many useable facts for a “My First Animal” report.