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Readers are able to determine what is important when they can identify the main idea in a piece of nonfiction text. When talking to students about determining importance it should be emphasized that:

  1. Nonfiction books are filled with information. Some of this information is really important because it is outlining the main idea of the text. Some of it is extra detail that is meant to help the reader get a clearer picture of the topic.
  2. Visualizing the key ideas can help the reader to block out the extra details and to determine what is really important in the text.
  3. Some nonfiction text is written in a sequence (recipes, model building instructions, experiments, etc.). Sketching or writing the events in the correct order will help to determine the main idea of the text.

Tadpoles to Frogs
Bobbie Kalman
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

Most babies are smaller versions of their parents, but some babies do not look anything like their adult counterparts. This book looks at the life cycle of pond frogs and tree frogs, with amazing photographs following their metamorphosis from tadpoles to adult amphibian. This book is so much more than just another life-cycle book, with easy-to-follow text describing frogs different habitats, how they find food, and how they protect themselves.

Educator Information
Reading Level: Gr. 1-2
Interest Level: Gr. K-3
Guided Reading Level: J

Series Information
This book is from the It's Fun to Learn About Baby Animals series.  This beautiful series uses adorable pictures of baby animals to introduce basic curriculum concepts, such as animal classification, color and pattern, habitats, animals anatomy, sense, diet, family structures, the role of play, and life cycles. Children will love the pictures of the cute baby animals and will be thrilled to learn about how each animal lives.

Additional Information
24 pages | 8.20" x 9.30"


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