One Small Square: Coral Reef

One Small Square:
Coral Reef
and
One Small Square
the Seashore

by Donald Silver
illustrated by Patricia Wynne


One Small Square: Coral Reef -and- One Small Square: Seashore are both appealing, intricately illustrated invitations to see all the living things that live in just one small area of a coral reef or seashore. While there are a number of picture books about these environments, few take as scientific of an approach. But don't let that scare you away. These books are fabulous classroom resources. In fact, they've been called "science education at its best!" (Science Books and Films)

In addition to information about the habitats, both books provide directions on how to measure off a 24-inch square, look under the water with a home-made viewer, and conduct and record observations. Even if a student doesn't actually do the suggested activities, reading about them and what is involved is an education in itself---helping students realize that we know what we know about the natural world by observing in much the same way as the experiement described in the book.

Picture glossaries, field guides, and resource lists round out these books.  We also have One Small Square books for other habitats, and plan to make a dedicated page listing these books...soon. :)

 
One Small Square: Coral Reef

Reading Stats
Interest Level: Gr. 2-5        DRA Level: n/a
Reading Level: age 4-8      Lexile Measure: n/a

Topics Covered  
ocean life--coral reefs (Science)

Awards & Rating
Avg Customer Rating:5 stars(3 reviews)

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One Small Square Coral Reef


One Small Square: Seashore

Reading Stats
Interest Level: Gr. 2-5        DRA Level: n/a
Reading Level: age 4-8      Lexile Measure: n/a

Topics Covered  
ocean life--seashore (Science)

Awards & Rating
Avg Customer Rating:5 stars (1 review)

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Buy One Small Square Seashore on Amazon.com
One Small Square Seashore


Peek Inside
Here's a spread from inside the One Small Square: Coral Reef book. As you can see, this is much more than just a picture book. The illustrations are indeed beautiful and full of fascinating details about life in the coral reef, but the book also has a hefty (but accessible) amount of science as well. Students learn how we know what we know about coral reefs and are even encouraged to do some of the discovery themselves.


One Small Square Coral Reef




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