Big Idea: Habitats and Communities is an expository nonfiction text organized in three chapters covering habitats (such as plant and animal needs, communities and adaptations), events that changed people (such as the Japanese internment camps and the passing of the Chapter of Rights and Freedoms), and natural and human-made disasters (such as the SARS epidemic and the collapse of the cod fisheries). Each two-page spread is linked to a big idea, such as “Plants and animals need these things: air, sunlight, food, water, and space.” Each chapter concludes with two activities written in procedural language, and a final activity challenges students to “think like a historian.”
Each two-page spread follows a predictable format: Big Idea, section heading, labeled photographs, comprehension questions. The inside front cover offers a handy list of key terms in each chapter. A table of contents, glossary and index are provided.
Sentences are short and simple in structure. Everyday language is used to explain key concepts. Content words are defined in words and captioned photographs.
This title is from the Big Idea series. Explore the big ideas of Science and Social Studies and promote simultaneous language development and content acquisition.
Invoice Title: Big Idea: Habitats and Communities