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Insect or Spider?: How Do You Know?

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  9 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
"Explains to young readers how to tell the difference between insects and spiders"--Provided by publisher.
Hardcover, 24 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Enslow Publishers
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Sep 08, 2011 Hilary rated it really liked it
Differentiating between insects and arachnids (spiders) can be challenging for youngsters. Rather than lumping them together under the heading, “bugs,” Stewart compares and contrasts key features that differentiate the groups, and large, colorful double-page photographs further underscore these features. Most insects and spiders are depicted life size or larger-than-life-size so details are vivid. The majority of photographs are taken at eye level. Those individuals squeamish or phobic about sp ...more
Kylee Myers
This non-fiction book discusses the differences between insects and spiders. For example, insects have six legs and a spider has eight legs. This book simply lists the facts that make these two creatures different and how you can decide if it is a spider or an insect.

This is a good book to teach vocabulary expansion. There are many words in this book that students can learn, such as cephalothorax, that students otherwise would not have known. Students can practice using context clues to distingu
Nov 07, 2013 Samantha rated it really liked it
Readers learn the terminology that applies to spiders while they learn what features set them apart from insects. Fabulous photos clearly illustrate each concept and formatting includes bubbles of fun facts.

I read this aloud for a STEM storytime and it works well for a PreK audience. Older audiences will sit for all the fun facts while PreK sit through a picture walk through with terminology highlighted. PreK-2.
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Melissa Stewart is the award-winning author of more than 150 science and nature books for children. She offers a wide range of programs for schools, libraries, nature centers, and conferences."
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