Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Booklist: Animals of Madagascar

Today and tomorrow I am going through all of my partially-composed blog posts from throughout this year and finishing them up. I want to start the New Year with a clean slate! It is a good feeling to tidy up and, for me, I write about things to get the noise out of my head so I can actually relax.

It may sound strange, and I don't know if it's this way for other people. But having the words on the page instead of pinging around in my head, which is always a bubbling stew of teaching ideas, is really the only way I can rest.

The videos I took of our monarch caterpillars transforming into pupae and then emerging from the chrysalis were too long for Blogger's uploading capacity so I found some others I liked and added them to my Sep 23 post Monarch Notes... and the Fate of Butterfly "M".

Here, I want to share a booklist for the Animals of Madagascar. This goes along with some earlier posts I wrote this year:

Leah actually created this list several years ago when my students were doing Africa reports. Here is my webpage on World Geography:  Africa, and a post from March 2018 that is full of great photos from the classroom from this study, including Becca entombing her mummified chicken, Cluckopatra! 

The African reports were a really fun time and Leah also took her project very seriously. She carefully looked through all of our books to se where there were mentions of animals of Madagascar. Here is her lovely poster:

And one page of her long list...

If you find other picture books that I should add, please let me know!

Animals by the Numbers: A Book of Infographics

by Steve Jenkins
Morgan's sphynx moth

Time to Eat

by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
giant hawk moth
aye aye

Slap, Squeak, and Scatter: How Animals Communicate

by Steve Jenkins
ring-tailed lemur

Flying Frogs and Walking Fish: Leaping Lemurs, Tumbling Toads, Jet-Propelled Jellyfish, and More Surprising Ways That Animals Move

by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
ring-tailed lemur

Actual Size

by Steve Jenkins
pygmy mouse lemur

The Beetle Book

by Steve Jenkins
giraffe weevil
Madagascar hissing cockroach

Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World

by Steve Jenkins
panther chameleon

Living Color

by Steve Jenkins
tomato frog
Madagascar moon moth
African chameleon

My First Day: What Animals Do on Day One

by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

The Animal Book: A Collection of the Fastest, Fiercest, Toughest, Cleverest, Shyest―and Most Surprising―Animals on Earth

by Steve Jenkins
elephant bird (extinct 1700s)
giraffe weevil
Morgan's sphynx moth
pygmy mouse lemur
satanic leaf-tailed gecko

Dragonfly Beetle Butterfly Bee

by Maryjo Koch
Darwin's hawk moth
flatid sapsuckers

To her list I would also like to add my new book

POLLEN: Darwin's 130-Year Prediction

by Darcy Pattison
co-evolution of Magascar star orchid and Darwin's hawk moth

I was glad to have the Complete Set of Control Charts from Waseca Biomes, which I bought long before I bought the wooden puzzles themselves, so that she could trace Madagascar for her map!

Leah worked at it for a long time and finally figured out all of the tricks for getting a really clear print of the Map Legend Stamp!

Becca was in 7th grade and Leah was in 8th grade. Natalie was a sophomore in high shool and not homeschooling with us anymore by that point, but she still wanted to do a report so she made a lovely poster about the giraffe.  She really wanted to do a construction paper collage style like Steve Jenkins... it took her a looooooong time to make all of these giraffe spots!

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