Academic journal article Science and Children

Comparing Cats

Academic journal article Science and Children

Comparing Cats

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Take 5!

1. Before reading this poem aloud, show images of a lion and a house cat side by side.

2. Next, divide students into two groups--one to say the word different as it occurs in the poem and one to say same each time it appears in the poem. Cue them by raising your index finger high for different and extending your palm for same.

3. Talk about the details in the poem and create a simple Venn diagram showing the traits of the lion, the house cat, and those held in common.

4. Work together to investigate how the characteristics of the lion are related to where it lives, how it moves, and what it eats. Look for help at National Geographic Kids.

5. For another comparison poem (the cobra and the anaconda), look for "Snake Traits" by Linda Ashman (Internet Resources). For more information about lions, seek out the nonfiction picture book Face to Face With Lions by Dereck and Beverly Joubert. For two fun poetry books featuring a special house cat, share Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku and Won Ton and Chopstick: A Cat and Dog Tale Told in Haiku, both by Lee Wardlaw. …

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