Coral Reef Children’s Book Objectives Students will understand the following: 1. The animals that live in a coral reef are uniquely suited to their environment. Materials • Computer with Internet access • Illustrated books and articles about the plants and animals that inhabit coral reefs • Paper, stapler, and art materials for creating books • Published nonfiction and fiction books on science topics for young children Procedures You are going to work individually or in pairs to write and illustrate short books that explain to younger children how 1. the animals that inhabit coral reefs are uniquely suited to their environment. 2. Before beginning work on their books, conduct research on the types of organisms that live in the reefs. Use the materials that are provided, encyclopedias, books and periodicals from the library, or the Internet. Focus on finding out how specific animals that live in the reefs are adapted to their environments. (Adaptations may include camouflage, symbiosis, defenses, hunting strategies, and so on.) 3. You should begin by deciding whether you will write nonfiction books that present information in a lively and interesting way or fictional stories about life in coral reefs. Even if you choose fiction, your stories should communicate sound scientific information to readers. 4. Before you begin their own books, take the time to look over several published children's nonfiction and fiction books on science topics. 6. While writing the texts, plan on how much text should appear on each page in order to leave room for illustrations. You may handwrite or use a computer. 7. Finally, add illustration, you may want to draw your illustrations on separate paper and then cut and paste the pictures into the book. 8. When the illustrations are completed, staple the pages together to make booklets. 9. Be sure to include a bibliography for your sources AND pictures, listing sources they used. Making A Brochure : Coral Reef Children's Book Student Name: ________________________________________ 4 3 2 1 All facts in the book are accurate. 99-90% of the facts in the book are accurate. 89-80% of the facts in the book are accurate. Fewer than 80% of the facts in the book are accurate. Graphics go well with the text and with the text, but there is a good mix there are so many of text and graphics. that they distract from the text. Graphics go well with the text, but there are too few and the brochure seems "text-heavy". Graphics do not go with the accompanying text or appear to be randomly chosen. Writing Vocabulary The authors correctly use several new words and define words unfamiliar to the reader. The authors correctly use a few new words and define words unfamiliar to the reader. The authors try to The authors do not use some new incorporate new vocabulary, but may vocabulary. use 1-2 words incorrectly. Attractiveness & Organization The book has exceptionally attractive formatting and well-organized information. The book has The book has wellattractive formatting organized and well-organized information. information. The book's formatting and organization of material are confusing to the reader. Sources Careful and accurate records are kept to document the source of 95-100% of the facts and graphics in the book. Careful and accurate records are kept to document the source of 94-85% of the facts and graphics in the book. Sources are not documented accurately or are not kept on many facts and graphics. CATEGORY Content Accuracy Graphics/Pictures Graphics go well Total Points =_________x 2 = ____________ 40 Careful and accurate records are kept to document the source of 84-75% of the facts and graphics in the book.