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Been there, done that : reading animal signs


Mt. Pleasant, SC : Arbordale Publishing, [2016]
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
When Cole's visit with his friend Helena nears its end, he asks where all the wild animals are and she takes him on a trail, showing signs of beavers, snowshoe hares, eagles, and more along the way. Includes activities.
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JP Weber

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Spotting wildlife is a thrill, but it's not easy. When Cole comes to visit his friend Helena, he can't wait to see all the wildlife the forest has to offer--and is disappointed when all he sees are a few birds. Together the kids set out on a hike and encounter plenty of animal signs along the way. Through observation and her knowledge of animal behavior, Helena helps Cole learn what each of the signs means: something had been there; something had done that.This fictional story includes a 4-page For Creative Minds section in the back of the book and a 37-page cross-curricular Teaching Activity Guide online. Been There, Done That is vetted by experts and designed to encourage parental engagement. Its extensive back matter helps teachers with time-saving lesson ideas, provides extensions for science, math, and social studies units, and uses inquiry-based learning to help build critical thinking skills in young readers. The Spanish translation supports ELL and dual-language programs. The enhanced ebook reads aloud in both English and Spanish with word highlighting and audio speed control to promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, text engagement, and reading comprehension.

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Horn Book Review

Young Helena shows her friend Cole around the forest. Although Cole is disappointed that he doesn't see wild animals, Helena points out their traces: "Helena picked up a long, black feather... 'Eagles catch salmon here.'" The text's refrain--"Something had been there. Something had done that"--grows repetitive; stiff illustrations and amateurish design detract from the somewhat engaging science. Activities appended. (c) Copyright 2017. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.