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Actual Size | Steve Jenkins
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How big is a crocodile? What about a tiger, or the worlds largest spider? Can you imagine a tongue that is two feet long or an eye thats bigger than your head? Sometimes facts and figures dont tell the whole story. Sometimes you need to see things for yourselfat their actual size.
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Wonderfully illustrated animal book, details the actual size of different animals, unusually small & in contrast very large animals. It also contains specific details on animals that are featured & portrayed in the book. Excellent resource for introducing science & math. Sometimes facts & figures don't tell the whole story, you need to see things for yourself- at actual size.
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Great math resource for this book.

PatriciaS How big is a great white shark 🦈 this great picture book is great for literary circles, read aloud lessons, science math math activities. 3y
PatriciaS UDL#8.2 Varying demands and resources to optimize challenges for all students. #8.3 fostering collaboration and community through group work. 3y
PatriciaS ESOL #17 Provide contextual support through audio, visuals, models, demonstration, realia, body language, and facial expressions. #12 Teach to two objectives, language (vocabulary), and content (science). 3y
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Spearsall Thank you Patricia for this! I‘ve actually been looking for math and science books as usually I find just regular RF books. So thank you!! I love how it‘s informative as well as including other subjects for students to learn as well📚 great ESOL and UDL strategies included as well! 3y
PatriciaS Read aloud, literary circles, discussion sessions, Guided goal-setting with questions and answers, non fiction book about actual size of different animals 💞 3y
PatriciaS @Spearsall thank you for appreciating science lessons and resources for your students and my review 👍 3y
DrSpalding This is one of our read aloud options. This is a wonderful book to teach to multiple content areas as you noted in your English learner strategy number 12. Excellent post. This book belongs in elementary classroom libraries. 3y
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Using for my #ontheporch K1 Book Club during Covid. We drew the length of the Giant Squid on the sidewalk and then the kids lay down next to it and we outlined each! What fun....

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JessicaO
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Actual Size by Steve Jenkins is a NF book. Actual Size was awarded the Orbis Pictus Award. How big to you think your hand is compared to that of a brown bear? Actual Size can answer these fun questions for you! This book displays the actual size of animals and their body parts. Add this book to your library and see the excitement in students! They will love comparing themselves to the actual size depictions of the different animals #ucflae3414su20

JessicaO This book is great for a RA. Students will be be completely engaged in the pictures on the pages! The lesson I have linked work perfectly because it has students measure themselves on the page and guess what they think the size is! UDL principle 1.3 to offer alternatives for visual information and ESOL strategy #4 to link the lesson to students prior knowledge! Both of these work great for this lesson plan. 4y
DrSpalding You have been citing helpful resources however remember to consult the author and publisher first! Often times they have some of the very best resources to implement their books in your classroom. This is an excellent book to integrate into your math curriculum. 4y
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Emmaturtle3
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Orbis Pictus award winning NF book by Steve Jenkins, Actual Size is a picture book that contains the ACTUAL SIZE of a variety of different animals both big and small. This book also contains actual measurements of the animal or part of the animal. This book is super engaging for students with it fun pictures, yet super informative about math and science concepts. I think a RA would be the best way to showcase this awesome book. #ucflae3414su20

Emmaturtle3 This link: http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/readers_guides/pdfs/JenkinsGuide.pdf provides great resources about all Steve Jenkins books include Actual Size. The activity has students seeing what animals are smaller than their hand and it has students reflecting back to the text. 4y
Emmaturtle3 UDL 2.3 can be used by explaining the mathematical concepts in the text as well as making sure to decode the text. I could use ESOL Strategy #4, which is linking the lesson to prior knowledge, by asking the students questions about animals and their understanding of their sizes 4y
bsiqueira Emma, I really liked the webpage you provided! Having students compare their hands to the assignment is such a wonderful way to keep them intrigued and interacting. I think your UDL is perfect in a sense of this is a great book to use for a mathematical lesson when discussing their weight and size! Great post! 4y
DrSpalding I like the way you explain your universal design and English learner strategies. This is an excellent book to use with a math lesson. Going to the publisher is a wise choice. Excellent resource 4y
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Actual Size by Steve Jenkins is a non-fiction (NF) book which was named one of the Orbis Pictus honor books in 2005. This book discusses the actual size of animals and allows the reader to find out how they measure up to these animals.

This book could be used as a shared reading activity (SR) as this is a big book that teachers and students could read together. In doing so, the teacher can model some good reading strategies so...

Nkaufmann the students are able to see a good example of a fluent, expressive, reader. Moreover, this book connects back to math as it talks about different measurements.

The UDL principle 5.3 regarding building fluencies with graduated levels of support for practice and performance and the EL principle 8 regarding using direction instruction: Modeling, explaining, scaffolding, name the strategy and show how to use it, can be met by this picture book.
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Nkaufmann Teachers are helping their students to become fluent readers by supporting them when they read and also by modeling what a fluent reader sounds like.

Resource: http://www.readwritethink.org/resources/resource-print.html?id=822
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DrSpalding Shared reading could work well and I like that you are thinking about how great books can be used in other content areas. This one is perfect for math and measurement topics. 4y
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bsiqueira
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This NF picture literature book by Steve Jenkins is an Orbis Pictus award winner and is perfect to use for a RA in a classroom. Actual Size provides pictures of the actual size of different animals as well as their measurements! This book will keep students engaged throughout the entire reading!
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bsiqueira
http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/readers_guides/pdfs/JenkinsGuide.pdf
This readers guide provides a great use of math and science by having students draw real measurements of animals they know and love! This lesson includes a read aloud before having the students draw their favorite animal and discuss it as a class together!
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bsiqueira The UDL strategy that would go great for this lesson would be 8.2 “cary demands and resources to optimize challenges” followed by the ESOL strategy #4 “link lesson topic to students prior knowledge” by having them draw a measurement of what they believe the animal they are drawing is! 4y
Mazzole18 I love this book because it ties in so many subjects all in one! I think the idea for the lesson is great because you are taking a subject like math that isn't as favored with most kids and using more appealing thing like animals to draw them in and keep their attention! Especially letting them use their favorite animals for their measurements. 4y
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JessicaO This book will be a great addition to my future classroom library! Students will really respond in a good way, just as you mentioned, because they will be fully engaged in seeing the actual size of animals they already know. The ESOL strategy that you incorporated is perfect because they will have to call upon prior knowledge to know the animal that is being shown in order to measure how big they think it actually is! Thank you for sharing :) 4y
DrSpalding Excellent post Bianca. Going to the publisher website is a good choice and the integration of math and science is wonderful. All elements of the rubric are met. Keep going!❤️📚 4y
Emmaturtle3 Hey Bianca! I just read this book and loved it!! I really like that your resource was a website actually created by the publisher, it contained some really awesome activities! I too think this is a great way to teach students all about measurements 4y
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LauraLeighn
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Actual Size
Written and illustrated by Steve Jenkins
Genre: NonFiction NF
Awards: BCCB Blue Ribbon Book
Have you ever been nose to nose with a Siberian Tiger? Or ever looked into the eye of a giant squid? Through the amazing and clear images of Actual Size, you will get to do just that. Actual Size by Steve Jenkins is a children‘s nonfiction picture book that shows you exactly how you size up to some of the world's largest and smallest creatures.

LauraLeighn This beautiful book includes information and life-size images of 19 different animals from all across the world. Students can directly compare their hands with the mighty gorilla, eyes with the smallest goby, and look directly at “the Saltwater Crocodile, the world's largest reptile”(pg13) and see how 3 of our heads can fit in his mouth!
This book is a must-have for any elementary classroom and is perfect for Read Alouds (RA).
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LauraLeighn The book has large images that are easy to see and interact with, and students will be quick to want to compare themselves to the many large and small animals included. This book is also great for ESOL adaption, one method would be (ESOL ST.40) Have students prepare individual card files of subject area-specific vocabulary with the names and small drawings of the 19 different animals in the book. The names of the animals are bolded in the text so 4y
LauraLeighn by providing the students with Card files they can practice word and image association. UDL Strategy 3.3 : Guide information processing and visualization can be easily implemented as students are already trying to process the size of the animals they are seeing, so by having them compare their hands to the images we can emphasize the scale at which these animals are. 4y
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LauraLeighn Website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZczJfkYwMQ is an Animal Size Comparison video that includes many of the animals from the book that students can point out and compare the sizes of. The video was published by verified user Regarw Comparisons with information being cross-referenced with Britannica, BBC, National Geo Wild, The Animal Facts & Animal Files and is a great addition to the lesson. #ucflae3414SU20 4y
DrSpalding Another fantastic post. What a wonderful resource to expand on the message that the book shares. Non-fiction picture books can be wonderful additions to your science, math and social studies lessons. 4y
AshleyH Love the little turtle peeking from behind the book! So cute! I think this is a great nonfiction book because it‘s so interesting to see the actual size of these animals! I think students of all ages would love it. 4y
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amandar
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“Actual Size”, a rf book, is a great book to be done in a class Read Aloud! Kids can learn about different facts about various animals and see and believe it because the illustrations of the animals are done in actual size! It can be an intriguing book for a range of readers as they come across a giant Squid eye or a big Gorilla hand.

amandar A great activity to be done with this book is one that bridges literature and mathematics. This link is one to an activity of visualizing math concepts: http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/bridging-literatu...
UDL principle 2.1 and ESOL strategy 5, both regarding vocabulary, work well with this book #UCFLAE3414SP20
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Keishla.O I love that all the things in this book are true to size! I can‘t wait to get a copy for myself! 4y
Jennymmm I am just imagining how excited the kids will be to see this book. I will be looking through the activities on the website, thank you for sharing. 4y
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DrSpalding This is not realistic fiction so, what genre do you think it is now? True and factual information… Excellent resource and nice alignment to the universal design and English learner strategies. 4y
ShardaeP This book sounds like it would be fun for adults and children. I love animals, so I take special interest in this book. Children can learn about different types of animals and be entertained by the imagery. 4y
DrSpalding See my previous comment! What genre? 4y
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shows the head & the egg !!

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carlypabin
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A cute picture book about the actual size of different animals or their parts. Some fit on the page and others only show parts. A good look on perspective and the sizes of things.

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carlypabin
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Actual Size by Steve Jenkins (nonfiction, published 2004) is a really cool book for young, elementary grade levels. It shows the actual size of different animals, or parts of animals, in a large book. A really cool way to show the children the actual size/ scale of things. I really enjoyed this and think it is a good book to give children perspective.

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This NF picture book by Steve Jenkins is great for RA, students can learn information about these types of animals on the pages and the illustrations make you see their actual sizes! I love how exact measurements is displayed as well. It would definitely be fun to read and engage students. #ucflae3414f19

sbombasi http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/readers_guides/pdfs/JenkinsGuide.pdf
This teacher‘s guide has a lesson that incorporates discussing the book, math in measuring, and drawing. I find it great that it reaches across the curriculum along with text-to-text of using other additional nonfiction books with pictures of animals.
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sbombasi The UDL principle 8.2 vary demands and resources to optimize challenges along with EL #4 linking lesson topic to students‘ prior knowledge about animals will align with this. 5y
Erinehart I did this for my teach live assignment. Great book! 5y
DrSpalding Math and ELA! Perfect‘ 5y
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YesseniaN
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This NF this a fun picture book to share with the class in a RA. The fun facts about animals and how big or small they are will build the interest of young readers. This would be great following up learning about animals after a science lesson on animals. For an ESOL strategy, I would sit in a small group with the students and go over the facts again for comprehension, not memorization. #ucflae3414

YesseniaN UDL principle: Promote understanding across languages (2.4)
As a classroom activity, I would suggest having the students do some research either on the computer or at a school library on an animal and have them write at least three facts and draw a picture. http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/readers_guides/pdfs/JenkinsGuide.pdf
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DrSpalding This is narrative nonfiction at its best. What a great book to incorporate math and language arts. Going to the publisher is a wise choice. Their resources truly show you how to integrate these quality titles into your classroom instruction. 5y
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Actual Size by Steve Jenkins is a nonfiction book that teaches young children the actual size of the creatures within the book! This book would be good for a RA. #ucflae3414f19

KevinKantola http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/readers_guides/pdfs/JenkinsGuide.pdf is a great resource that you could use for an activity relating to this book. 5y
KevinKantola The UDL strategy I would use for the book is (8.3) foster collaboration and community. The students could join in on a group discussion relating to the topic at hand to stay engaged. The ESOL strategy I would use is integrate speaking, listening, and writing activities related to this book. The speaking activity could easily just be a class discussion related to the book. 5y
MarkZalewski This book is great for kids that love animals good job! 5y
sbombasi Yes!^ plus it will inform them on facts they‘ll see that are impressive! Definitely incorporating a group discussion will do great with this! 5y
DrSpalding You listened and applied your knowledge to this project. You follow the rubric and found excellent resources that you could align best practice teaching methods to. Well done. 5y
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“Actual Size“ by Steve Jenkins is a book that describes many different animals large and small and everywhere in between. Every page has wonderfully colored illustrations viewing each animal in their actual size. This book is tagged as NF and would definitely entertain teachers and students alike. Students can compare the animals in this book to the animals they have personally encountered in their everyday life. #UCFLAE3414F19

Tinks I can see this being a great addition to any elementary classroom library and having this be utilized with many lesson plan activities would be educational within all subjects. The UDL principles 7.1 & 2.1 regarding optimizing relevance, value, and authenticity and clarifying vocabulary and symbols along with E.L. 3 & 4 for encouraging self-talk (positive thinking) and link lesson topic to students' prior knowledge. 5y
Tinks This is also in conjunction with the teaching strategy RA and all can be met and accomplished through this picture book. #UCFLEA3414F19 5y
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Erinehart
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Actual Size by Steve Jenkins is a great non-fiction literature book for children. This book gives information of different animals and shows the creature in its actual size! This book would be a great choose for a children read aloud. During a read aloud the teacher can go over different vocabulary words pertaining to the text and children can also relate to seeing some of these animals in the book. #ucflae3414f19

Erinehart This book would be wonderful for a RL because there‘s a lot that a teacher could incorporate with it. https://www.brighthubeducation.com/lesson-plans-grade; this lesson plan allows the student to participate in a hands on activity learning about the different of objects. A great ESOL strategy that would coincide with this lesson would be #46 because the learning is being expanded through a hands on activity. 5y
Erinehart A UDL strategy I would use with this book would be “clarifying vocabulary and symbols.” This is a great strategy because this book may have some text that is unfamiliar to the students. 5y
DrSpalding Nice job on your posts. Remember to utilize author and publisher sites before any others. This is quality nonfiction and should be a part of your classroom library to show students how literature and math go hand-in-hand. 5y
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This amazing NF title is a picture book showing the actual size of all types of animals! No kidding! The pages fold out to show the mouth of a crocodile or the page is one giant eye of a squid! Each page has a short paragraph with size and type of animal information. This would be a great book for partner reading. Students can take turns reading a page and then do an activity from this resource link, teaching measurement in a group setting.

Kcompton2912 http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/readers_guides/pdfs/JenkinsGuide.pdf The UDL principle 8.3, foster collaboration and community, and the ELL strategy 32, Use student pairs for team learning, especially for reports, experiments and projects, can be met with this book using the strategy and activities. #UCFLAE3414SU19 5y
Myiab Awesome book! I love how you incorporated this book with an awesome resource to go along with it! 5y
DrSpalding Quality resource for a quality nonfiction book! 5y
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Actual Size by Steve Jenkins is a great NF picture book and is very informative. It goes through the physical sizes of all the different animals. They are drawn out beautifully. http://www.stevejenkinsbooks.com #LAE3414SU19

DrSpalding You needed to use the rubric in order to fulfill the requirements of each post. 5y
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Actual Size by Steve Jenkins is a NF that has won the Booklist Editor‘s Choice Children‘s Book award. This fun and engaging book that teaches students many facts about all types animals big and small would be great for a RA. I found a link that provides us with ways to implement this story in every subject area. I thought it was a great resource to bring this book into each lesson. #UCFLAE3414SU19

Kendylleonard http://www.lfpl.org/documentsactual%20size%20outline[1].doc
I would satisfy the UDL 3.1 by activating students background knowledge while asking questions regarding their previous experiences with these animals. I would use ESOL strategy #22 by allowing students to stop and think about the questions I ask them throughout the story, and giving them enough time to come up with their own answers.
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DawnS I love that you could use this book for different subjects too! And I love your alignments with your UDL and ESOL strategies. It is so important to allow our students to have their own voices. 5y
Kendylleonard @DawnS I agree! Students need to have their own voice! 5y
DrSpalding You are so right that this could be used across the curriculum in each of the content areas. You were the only one to choose this particular title for your read aloud assignment. It‘s a quality book that should be a part of your classroom library. 5y
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Great nonfiction book. It's fun to go through it & compare your size to that of the animals inside!
I also love that the measurements are included as well, math & reading in one book! There is also an extended glossary filled with fun facts
Great lesson where you have kids guess the measurements & then see if they were right! https://tinyurl.com/yyudprfq
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ELL translation/definition for "measurement"
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TracyHayes This is good to hear. I will be reading it later tonight. I love math so I‘m excited now. 5y
raqueldonna @TracyHayes lol yeah it was cool that it gave measurements & some weights to really give you a good idea. 5y
gergana08 Actual Size, is a great book that can be used as a read loud in the classroom. The book is great for teaching about measurements, sizes and the different animals. I would use this book with beginning level students. 5y
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I think this book could be used to represent so many subjects including LA, science and math! Actual Size by Steve Jenkins is a NF PB, perfect for a RA or a station in either math or science. Personally I would use this book in a math station when we talk about measurement. I think this book would align nicely. #LAE3414Sp19

Channing_Austin This resource would be great in the primary grades. It allows students be creative while also connecting to the book! http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/readers_guides/pdfs/JenkinsGuide.pdf ESOL Strategy 46: Use discovery learning activities (hands-on-activities). UDL Principle 7.1: Optimize individual choice and autonomy. 5y
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kennedimartin I definitely want to add this to my classroom library. It is a great connection between math and reading and I think many children would enjoy reading this book. Thanks for sharing! 5y
Edenmonet I love books that can be integrated into different subjects! Definitely adding this to my book list 5y
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Actual Size by Steve Jenkins is a very interesting NF book. This book gives visuals of animals that are the real sizes of them! It is interesting to see how big some animals are and also how small! The book also gives the measurements of these animals so this can be incorporated into a math lesson. UDL principle 2.3 and ESOL strategy 29 would supplement this book.

Olsonashley19 I would use this story as a PR before introducing a math measurement lesson. Attached is a lesson to go along with this book. http://www.lfpl.org/documents/actual%20size%20outline[1].doc #lae3414sp19 5y
kkimmelman I think kids would be so intrigued by this book given that it shows the “actual size” in such a fun way. I can already see kids sitting in little groups fascinating over this book together! 5y
karamank @Olsonashley19 I love this book! I think children would be amazed by it and your ideas are awesome. Thanks for sharing ☺️ 5y
caldwellalex95 @Olsonashley19 I cannot wait to read this book! Once Dr. Spalding introduced this book to the class, I knew I had to have it. It looks so fun and I feel like a child again! I appreciate the lesson you provided for us to check out. What a wonderful way to introduce nonfiction to students. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on "Actual Size"! 5y
DrSpalding Awesome feedback! I love the idea of partner reading before a math measurement lesson. 5y
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Actual Size, which was written AND illustrated by Steve Jenkins, is a fun twist on the traditional NF picture book. The illustrations are so captivating to the reader or listener because they are the “actual size” of the animal in real life.  This would be a great RA for kindergarten to fourth grade. It can be used to tie reading to math, science, and social studies standards. #LAE3414sp19

ha_kaye While many UDL strategies could be infused into a RA activity; I believe that 3.2 and 3.3 are great ties. The ESOL accommodations that I would integrate into this activity would be 16, 17, 20, 21, and 29. This activity guide shows how the book can be used across grades and across different curriculum. http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/readers_guides/pdfs/JenkinsGuide.pdf 5y
DrSpalding Houghton Mifflin is a high-quality resource. Nice job aligning principles and strategies however be sure to explain them. 5y
ha_kaye Thank you! I will be sure to do that going forward (: (edited) 5y
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Actual Size by Steve Jenkins is a genuinely unique picture book. Actual Size is an NF with accurate size and depictions of animal, reptiles, and insects. Since this book is NF, it applies to many grade levels and can pique the interest of almost anyone! Actual Size is a beautiful book for an RA.

audrey.wilson http://flamingofabulous.blogspot.com/2012/06/actual-size-measurement.html?showCo... This activity is a hands-on measurement activity. This activity gets students involved and engaged in an animal of their choice. (edited) 5y
audrey.wilson Actual Size could also be used for an AS; Steve Jenkins is an interesting person with many books and honors. ESOL 11, place language in meaningful context, aligns with teaching the vocabulary in this book. UDL 2.1., clarify vocabulary and symbols, also aligns well with this book. There is some vocabulary that needs clarification prior to reading. #LAE3414sp19 (edited) 5y
DrSpalding It is a beautiful book for read aloud. Make sure your principles and strategies are explained and that your hyper link works. 5y
kennedimartin @audrey.wilson This book caught my eye as well for the Teach Live! I love how the story really incorporates math into it! This book would be a great addition to any classroom library! Thanks for sharing! 5y
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#lae3414sp19 Actual Size by Steve Jenkins is an interesting an interactive Nonfiction (NF) book. Throughout the book students are shown various pictures of animals and/or animal body parts, but there is a catch: The pictures are the ACTUAL size of the animals in real life! This would be a great RA

wmaxflowers A lesson plan I like is: https://www.brighthubeducation.com/lesson-plans-grades-1-2/128829-2nd-grade-meas.... This lesson includes UDL 8.3, as it allows students to work not only in groups, but as an entire class! This assignment also includes ESOL strategies 30 and 32. 5y
DrSpalding A couple of your peers read aloud this book today! It works beautifully as a read aloud and could even be a good book for a storytelling. Just as you explain the universal design principles be sure to explain at minimum, one English learner strategy. 5y
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Want to know how you size up to some of Earth‘s amazing creatures? Caldecott Honor author Steve Jenkins gives a colorful and hands on guide to how big-and small-these creatures actually are! “Actual Size” is a perfect RA for children of all ages. When I first read this book I wanted to put my hands all over the pages to see how I compared to these animals! It would even be a great NF tool to use as a research guide for older students!
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claireherman “Actual Size” has gained a number of awards including the BCCB Blue Ribbon NF Book, Orbis Pictus Honor Book, International Reading Association “Children‘s Choices 2005”, and CHILD Magazine Best Book of the Year. #LAE3414sp19 5y
claireherman UDL principal that provides options for Perception 1.1 and 1.2 (offers ways of customizing the display of information and alternatives for auditory information). (edited) 5y
claireherman ESOL Strategy 17: Provide Contextual support through audio visuals, models, demonstrations, realia, body language and facial expressions. 5y
DrSpalding Teaching books can be a helpful resource. 5y
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"Actual Size" written and Illustrated by Steve Jenkins is a wonderful book of exploration (NF) and real-life-sized animals in the form of a picture book. This is great for ELLs (14) in that you can use the few words in the book to go over and over while a visual representation links the content to the text. This book also employs it's illustrations to manage the learner's comprehension of the material. Read aloud would be best.

dayuso1 The following link is for students to draw their own animals and attempt and "Actual Size" of each after the book reading. https://www.artforkidshub.com/how-to-draw/animals/ 5y
DrSpalding What a wonderful resource! There are many videos online that could assist in this form of arts integration as well. 5y
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This fun and engaging (NF) picture book, Actual Size by Steve Jenkins is a wonderful RA for primary students. The book has won many awards such as International Reading Association Children Choices 2005 and NY Public Library 100 Titles for Sharing. The book provides beautifully drawn illustrations that resemble the actual length and size of numerous animals. The book can also be used to incorporate literacy with science and math. #LAE3414SP19

kelseymccormick UDL- 2.1 Clarify Vocabulary and symbols and 2.5- Illustrate through multiple media. ESOL strategy- #12 Teach two objectives language and content (edited) 5y
DrSpalding Now I‘m really impressed. Excellent job aligning your principles and strategies along with finding an amazing resource that bridges the gap between literature and mathematics 5y
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JordanD
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I got my “hands” on this books at a library sale for a dollar and fell in love with it. With amazing full page spreads and accurate information this book is a gem! It‘s perfect for kids who want to know about the great size of the animal kingdom.

DrSpalding This is one of our read aloud choices in TeachLivE! Good deal!❤️📚 6y
JordanD I remembered it being an option for younger grades for that assignment and that was the reason I grabbed it! So glad I can have it in my future classroom! 6y
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GGallegos
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This NF book is an excellent book for any classroom. The theme of this book is showing the actual size of animals. The book goes through different animals big and small, showing the actual size of them on whole or in part. This book would be an awesome RA. This lesson plan connects reading and mathematics http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/bridging-literatu...

GGallegos UDL principle 3.3 fits really well as this book guides the students with true measurement of animals. ESOL strategy 30 give diagrams and shows relationships of size. 6y
prissy.mooney I definitely need to get this book! I‘ve heard so many great things about it! 6y
ATejada Definitely wanna dive into this book! there‘s something about the artwork that draws me in! Great post and thanks for sharing! 6y
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Ordonezk
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Actual Size by Steve Jenkins is a great classroom read. It is a NF with beautiful paper collage illustrations and the actual sized body parts of 18 animals. I would definitely do a RA while asking students to make gestures and participate. I would use UDL startegy 2.3 support the coding of text, mathematical notation, and symbols. Esol strategy18 Use commands and directions that involve overt student actions as in total physical response

Ordonezk I found this blog where a teacher showed a really great activity to do with a kindergarten classroom. http://larremoreteachertips.blogspot.com/2011/07/actual-size.html?m=1 #UCFLAE3414SuB18 6y
Kaelya I love the way this author writes! I bet kids would love seeing the *actual size* of these animals in front of them! 6y
emilybanne I love how we are able to incorporate math and reading together! I think it is a super cute book that is super engaging for the kids and an awesome way to teach measurement! 6y
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Gabylaurel10 This book looks so fun and interesting! I think it would be great with read aloud or even readers theater and let the kids be the animals!! 6y
AmyPerezCubas I love the picture! It sounds like an awesome book to read especially when kids aren‘t always excited about learning measurements! 6y
Thayes1787 This book is so captivating! I love the way it shows student how big something really is by looking at the pages! I like your picture as well! The activity you have listed is very engaging and interactive. 6y
SierraC Love this book! I think this would be an excellent add to my classroom library! Love your picture :) 6y
DrSpalding Minor errors. Teacher blogs can provide wonderful lesson activities that truly work with students. Math and literacy… I love it. 6y
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V.DeQuattro
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Actual size is a nonfiction book written by Steve Jenkins that talks about all sorts of animals and their sizes. It teaches students about measurement and the different animals that surround us. I used this book as my TeachLive book and I loved it!! I think it is a great book to include in your classroom, especially if you‘re learning about measurements. #UCFLAE3414SP18

V.DeQuattro Attached is a 2 day lesson plan that goes along with the book. Very interactive and fun! https://www.brighthubeducation.com/lesson-plans-grades-1-2/128829-2nd-grade-meas... 6y
V.DeQuattro A great UDL strategy to go along with this book would be strategy 2.3 and 2.1. Both strategies clarity symbols, vocabulary, and mathematical notations. It is important that students underpants the terms of measurement while reading this book. A great EL strategy would be 20. This strategy is great because it will allow the students to understand what they are about to read and prepare to identify the vocabulary in the story. 6y
LisaMart @V.DeQuattro Puppy paws!!! I love the incorporation of mathematical concepts with this book. 6y
V.DeQuattro I tried to be a little creative lol but I agree! I really like how this book can be connected to a math lesson. @LisaMart 6y
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Actual Size by Steve Jenkins is a (NF) picture book great for (PR)! UDL strategy 3.3 is a good fit for this book because students use the illustrations to help with processing the information presented, visualization, and manipulation. EL strategy 5 will be met because of the content specific vocabulary Steve Jenkins uses. #ucflae3414sp18

KaitlynN http://www.cpalms.org/Public/PreviewStandard/Preview/5426 this is a link to the math standard I chose to write a lesson on for another class. My lesson started with reading Actual Size, then asked students to do research about the size of their favorite animal. The lesson then asks students to draw their animal in actual size and list its measurements in several forms. The lesson ends with student presentations and pages turn into a class book! 6y
DrSpalding Love this image! 6y
AmeliaS21 What a cool picture you used! I love that this book lets kids see the actual size of animals! 6y
KaitlynN @AmeliaS21 @DrSpalding thank you! I found it on google. I think it‘s a great visual representation of how this book works! 6y
DrSpalding I agree! Math and Lit!💜📚 6y
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Actual Size, a nonfiction(NF) picture book, has won many awards including the NCTE Orbis Pictus Non-Fiction Honor Book, Int'l Reading Assoc Children's Choices 2005, and the Booklist Editor's Choice Children's Book. This book is full of many informational facts about all kinds of different animals! It‘s great for children to see and hear the sizes and be able to visualize this new information and maybe even compare it to things in their life or

morganhillman previous knowledge. This book would be great for a read aloud(RA) followed by the lesson activity! http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/bridging-literatu...
The UDL principle 2.3, support decoding of text, mathematical notation, and symbols, is met while the children are learning measurements and how they can apply it to mathematics in their class!
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morganhillman The EL 36, ask numerous questions which require higher level thinking responses, is met in the discussion part of the lesson. While reading this book aloud, the teacher could stop at points and ask some questions to make sure the students are understanding and engaged!
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DrSpalding Anytime you can use a picture book to enhance read aloud comprehension skills and a content area like mathematics, that‘s a win-win! Fantastic alignment. 6y
GraceNeg I have to read this book ! I know it‘s amazing but I haven‘t had the chance to fully read it. 6y
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Cruzdia1
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Actual Size is a (NF) book and can be used in the classroom as an RA, IR, SR, or PR which illustrates animals both large and small in their actual size! This book has received the Booklist Editor‘s Choice Children‘s book award! This book can be used during math or science instruction in order to give students reference about how big/small a certain animal is or in order to refine measuring skills. #UCFLAE3414SP18

Cruzdia1 Actual Size can be used during math or science instruction in order to give students reference about how big/small a certain animal is. An example of a relevant activity is available at http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/readers_guides/pdfs/JenkinsGuide.pdf which provides teachers with a variety of classroom activity lesson plans to accompany Actual Size, as well as other activities that accompany books written by Steve Jenkins. 6y
Cruzdia1 A relevant UD strategy for this book is 2.3 Support decoding I‘d text, mathematical notation, and symbols. An applicable EL strategy that can be used for this book is #30 Encourage the use of diagrams and drawings as aids to identify concepts and seeing relationships. (edited) 6y
DrSpalding I like that you have used the publishers website. There are valuable tools on each side that could benefit you and your future students. Nice alignment! 6y
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This Orbis Pictus award winner NF text would be used for RA for a math measurement lesson. It engages students, grades K-3, with realistic illustrations of life-sized animals allowing for compare/contrast of text-self. Measurements given about animals would help in math lessons. UDL 2.3 is provided through math data & excerpts for animals. http://www.brighthubeducation.com/lesson-plans-grades-1-2/128829-2nd-grade-measu... #UCFLAE3414SP18

morganhillman I did my read aloud on this book and loved it! It‘s very engaging for students to learn about some new and some old animals and their sizes! The math measurement lesson plan is a great one for students to get excited about! 6y
JenniferMc I loved this book. The students are amazed at the “ actual size” of eyeballs and hands of the animals listed. This can be used as a great lesson for math or science. 6y
DrSpalding Be sure your post includes all the necessary elements noted in the rubric. Anytime a book can help you teach math skills, it‘s a winner! 6y
AndreaG I would use this book as a RA and lead into a math and science lesson about the measurements and animals in the book. ELL 14, 17, 29. UDL 7.2, 8.2, 1.2 6y
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Actual size by Steve Jenkins is a nonfiction book and would be great for partner reading in the classroom. Summary: This book is great for kids to get factual information in a fun way! It has great cartoon-like pictures and real measurements of each animal. It has pretty easy vocabulary for students to understand. There is also more information in the back of the book to give more facts on each animal. #ucflae3414sp18

Kendallc UDL 2.1 Clarify vocabulary and symbols: there are words such as Goliath and Pygmy that students may not know 6y
Kendallc https://www.teachingbooks.net/tb.cgi?tid=71&a=1 this is a source to be used when you want to go further into who the author is 6y
Kendallc EL 14: simplify and slow your speech pace 6y
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Jenniferj11419 I did this one for my TeachLive! I loved it. Great book and very interactive 6y
DrSpalding Rubric! 6y
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Actual Size
Author and Illustrator: Steve Jenkins
Genre: NF
Grade Level: PreK-2
Awards: Booklist Editor‘s Choice Children‘s Book
Teaching Strategies: RA, PR, IR, AS, S
RA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imPT5A_C8hI
Actual Size is a wonderful book choice for a math or science lesson. The book is about various animals around the world with a short description on each animal. It could be used for a RA.
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paulettevp UDL 2.1: The teacher can make appropriate pauses during the RA to clarify any vocabulary being used in the book. 6y
paulettevp ESOL 30: The student could draw diagrams of the animals with descriptive vocabulary as they follow along with a classmate. 6y
AshleyC I read this book for my TeachLive! It can be an interactive read in the classroom. It states very interesting facts about animals that children may have not known. 6y
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DrSpalding I like that you‘ve highlighted that this book could be used to teach math and science concepts while also modeling appropriate read aloud skills. Well done. (edited) 6y
paulettevp @AshleyC I cannot wait to use this book in a classroom. Kids love learning those interesting facts like you mentioned especially if one of them is their favorite animal. 6y
paulettevp @DrSpalding Thank you. I try to think about how each book could improve students read aloud skills because I‘ve noticed how much they need strong skills and practice. 6y
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Fiona_i
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This is a great book to do a RA with your students. This book has actual size pictures of real animal parts. This book has the measurements of all the animal parts in the book. UDL strategy 3.3 could be used along with Ell strategy number 17. Students will be able to see the size with the measurements right next to the picture. #UCFLAE3414SP18

KaitlynN I love this book! I think it‘s such a cool concept to show animals at actual size in a way that kids can interact with it. I mean I wouldn‘t want a 3rd grader THAT close to a great white shark! 6y
DrSpalding Make sure you include a resource. Your writing style is enticing. Be sure to align EL strategies and UDL principles 6y
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Actual Size by Steve Jenkins- Non Fiction (NF)

Fascinating book, great for student #interactions during the reading. Actual size represents various animals and their different sizes! It states exciting and interesting facts about different animals we may know of or may have seen at the zoo. The physical dimensions and names of the animals can be a fun activity for the students to participate in during and at the end of the story.

DrSpalding Be sure to use your rubric. You need one more post. Five were required by yesterday. 6y
AshleyC I apologize Dr. Spalding, I had completed 5 on Sunday. 6y
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AshleyC UDL Strategy 1.3- offer alternatives for visual information. EL Strategy 6- continually monitor students comprehension. Teaching strategies RA IR SR GR PR 6y
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kylamarie5
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This nonfiction picture book includes picture of animals and/or body parts in their actual size. It states facts about each animals picture. This is a great read for students that are interested in animals and it helps give students and idea of how small or large these animals are.
Although there are no awards shown on the front cover this book has won many awards including: (comments⬇️)
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kylamarie5 NCTE Orbis Pictus Non-Fiction Honor Book, Int'l Reading Assoc Children's Choices 2005, Booklist Editor's Choice Children's Book, NY Public Library 100 Titles for Sharing, and ALA Top 10 Sci-Tech Books for Youth 2004.
This is the website i found the awards on! https://www.the-best-childrens-books.org/Actual-Size-lesson.html
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kylamarie5 The teaching strategy that I aligned to this text is a shared reading (SR). I would read this book with my class and have them look at the pictures since the book is large enough for the class to see. After the reading i would have students would go back to their desks and do activities that go along with the book. These activities can be things like centers or independent work. The link provides more information about shared reading activities⬇️ 6y
kylamarie5 UDL: 2.1- Clarify vocabulary and symbols
2.5- Illustrate through multiple media
9.1- Promote expectations and beliefs that optimize motivation
EL: 12- Teach to two objectives, language and content
16- Integrate speaking, listening, reading and writing activities
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DrSpalding Make sure your amazing resource hyperlinks. You can‘t go wrong with RWT. Nice EL/UDL alignment. Obviously this book is excellent for read aloud but can be used in many ways to incorporate literacy and math. 6y
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MeganMc
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Actual size is such a fun NF to incorporate in any classroom. It is a book that shows you the ACTUAL size of things. For example the actual size of an alligator‘s mouth or a birds beak. This book is a Orbis Pictus Honor! This would be a cool RA during a math lesson to show that learning sizes does not have to be boring. #UCFLAE3414f17

MeganMc https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.brighthubeducation.com/lesson-plans-grades-1-2/... this website brings you to a fun math lesson. The lesson teaches students how to measure things and in the activity it asks you to compare the measurements. Incorporate fun activities like this to math lessons is so so important for students. 7y
MeganMc The UDL is 1.3 offer alternatives for visual learning. This is because in the lesson it provides visual pictures and length diagrams to help students measure. The EL is 4 link lesson topic to students‘ prior knowledge because we are providing them with animals and objects that they are familiar with. 7y
AJones I just bought (another one of my bargain buys for $.59) and read this book. I enjoyed the author‘s attention to details. The Pygmy mouse lemur was so cute. Thanks for sharing this interdisciplinary lesson. 💖📏📖 I cannot wait to share it with my students. 7y
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AmandaHuskey
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This NF won the Orbis Pictus award and I️ would best use this as a SR. It‘s a book that gives actually sizes of different types of animals and insects. UDL- 2.5 and 4.2. EL- 14 and 30. http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/bridging-literatu... #UCFLAE3414F17

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CourtneyR
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This is a great NF book, this would be a good RA to do before a science or math lesson. Actual size is about the measurements of animals shown at their actual sizes and how they relate to us. #UCFLAE3414F17

cheyennewilliams I have personally used this in the classroom and I think it's a great pick! It's super engaging for students and they love the fact that the illustrations are life size. It's perfect for introducing students to animals from around the world without ever having to leave the classroom. It also provides great facts and references in the back of the book that could be utilized for a research project for older students. 7y
CourtneyR https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.brighthubeducation.com/lesson-plans-grades-1-2/... the url is great lesson for 2nd graders. UDL 3.3 Guide information processing, visualization, and manipulation. EL 33. Limit the number of problems that must be worked according to levels of proficiency in English. 7y
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supan.katherine
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The Blue Ribbon Nonfiction Award Winning book, Actual size, written and illustrated by Steve Jenkins is a NF perfect for IR. This book includes great illustrates of different animals of their actual size.

supan.katherine http://www.brighthubeducation.com/lesson-plans-grades-1-2/128829-2nd-grade-measu... This website includes a two day lesson plan for 2nd grade students. It allows them to measure out the size of the different animals on their own. 7y
supan.katherine UDL 1.3: Offer alternatives for visual information. ESOL 32: Use student pairs for team learning, especially for resorts, experiments and projects. #ucflae3414f17 7y
juliek1 I wanted to check this out after reading about it for our TeachLive. I adore the art. Great lesson plan! 7y
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Jbombardiere
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Actual Size, written and illustrated by Steve Jenkins is a nonfiction picture book like no other! This book the actual size of unique animals and will keep children in awe throughout each page. Though it is a simple book, there are some great lessons and teacher resources which can be found in the following website: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.brighthubeducation.com/lesson-plans-grades-1-2/...

Jbombardiere UDL 1.1- offering ways of customizing the display of information is clearly used throughout this book as students can extend fold out pages to see the actual size of certain animals. EL 17- this book also provides contextual support through visual aids for ESOL students. 7y
MakenzieT This is a great book for kids and will help with math skills as well! 7y
DrSpalding I think the simplicity of this text along with the beautiful images is what I like the most. I also enjoy quality books that can teach necessary concepts to students. This one teaches measurement and science all at the same time. 7y
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LaurenR
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Actual size is such a fun book for everyone! It contains the measurements & physical sizes of different animals throughout the book. This NF would be great for a science or math lesson. You could study the animals in the book & their environments or you could learn about measurements. You could use this as a SR or GR. Also won the NCTE Orbis Pictus Non-Fiction Honor Book.

LaurenR UDL#2.1: clarify vocabulary & symbols. UDL#3.2: highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, & relationships. (Mostly patterns throughout the text & critical features) (edited) 7y
LaurenR ESOL: 2-promote cooperation; do this during the lesson involving the book. 5-link lesson topic to students' prior knowledge. (edited) 7y
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LaurenR Great lesson for measuring! #UCFLAE3414F17 (edited) 7y
DrSpalding Math and literature, what could be better! This is a helpful resource. One of your peers used a ruler in there read aloud presentation this week. Smart move! 7y
Brittanyradzak This was my second choice for the read aloud! I love how this book includes both math and literature. I also like how you mentioned including background knowledge! 7y
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JanaLL
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Actual Size by Steve Jenkins is an enormously fun NF '05 Orbis Pictus award winning SR book! Sometimes you just need to see things for yourself and this book does just that. Each turn of a page, you get colorful pictures with interesting facts and physical dimensions of each animal. Towards the end of the book, there is an illustrated index that shows the scaled-down version of each animal accompanied by even more fun-filled facts! #ucflae3414f17

JanaLL The shared reading strategy mentioned above can be used in the extension lesson: https://www.brighthubeducation.com/lesson-plans-grades-1-2/128829-2nd-grade-meas... After reading, your students can get hands-on experience by measuring to determine how much longer one object is than another and express length differences in terms of a standard length unit. This can be done in small groups or in pairs. 7y
JanaLL EL 30 - Encourage the use of diagrams and drawings as aids to identify concepts and seeing relationships. UDL 3.3 - Guide information processing, visualization, and manipulation. 7y
AmandaHuskey I want to read this book! I noticed it's part of our teachlive as well. I love how it incorporates math in it like you mentioned with length/units! (edited) 7y
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farynantenucci I love the extension lesson you added into your post. It's a great way to solidify the students comprehension of the book. I was thinking of using this book for my teach live read aloud. 7y
Connor91 This book is fun for students of most ages. Especially the young ones with such tiny hands; they will really get a kick out of the gorilla paw! Very cool book. 7y
MorganH Its so hard to find fun NFs like this. I love how every picture is actual size, so the EL 30 is basically provided for you, and kids can compare objects they use daily to animals they often don‘t see! 7y
AJones I just recently added this book to my classroom library list. I love when lessons like this are already put together and you only need to make minor adjustments. Thanks for sharing this hands-on math lesson. Hopefully I will make a purchase soon and add a more extensive review. 7y
DrSpalding Hands-on math utilizing an Orbis Pictus award winner… This makes me very happy! Excellent choice. I believe many of you will select this one for your TeachLivE read aloud! 7y
cheyennewilliams Great pick! This is a read that students can really personally relate to which helps to draw them into the message of the book and the lessons which can be chosen to accompany the text. I really liked the reading strategies you provided that could accompany the text. It really makes children dig deeper into the meaning and message of the story instead of just looking at the surface of the story. Great job! 7y
LaurenR I read this book in class & it makes for a great science or math lesson. It gives the children something to explore outside of their realm of thinking and living. 7y
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This NF book is a great read aloud for students! It tells all of the actual sizes of actual animals and provides great ways for you to include math and other subjects while reading! https://m.brighthubeducation.com/lesson-plans-grades-1-2/128829-2nd-grade-measur... #UCFLAE3414su17

DrSpalding Other subjects being SCIENCE, SS and Literacy! Add this to your classroom library! 7y
SamanthaPuglisi I love this book! So fun to use it in a math lesson 😊 7y
Diana_S I can see the kids enjoying this book! It looks fun and is great for teaching science. 7y
gracemccleskey I love this book every time I read it, and the girl I tutor was absolutely floored when I brought it to her. She is 17 and reading harder books too, but with severe autism she struggles to understand some everyday concepts and things and this book was so fun for her to see the actual size of real creatures. 7y
DrSpalding @gracemccleskey what a lovely post! 7y
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Chanelamber
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This NF book was is good to teach children basic math. I believe that children will be amazed but the size of the animals in this book! I thought that it was an okay read though. Here is a lesson plan that can be used: https://www.brighthubeducation.com/lesson-plans-grades-1-2/128829-2nd-grade-meas... #ucflae3414su17

Angiepuc I loved the illustrations in this book but I agree the content can be a little bland. 7y
DrSpalding Math and great books! What a fabulous idea. 7y
SamanthaPuglisi I love this book! It is so great for teaching children math and science concepts. And it's interesting to see everything in actual size! 7y
casandraopont @Chanelamber this book is an experience! It was so great comparing the sizes when I was reading this text. I loved running my hands through the textures. I can only imagine how much more exciting it will be for children reading it. Thanks for this year. 7y
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