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What Lives in a Shell? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 1)

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What makes a shell like a house?

A house is a home for you, a nest is a home for a bird, and a cave is a home for a bear. But for some animals a shell is a home. Snails and turtles and crabs and clams all have shells that act as their homes and protect them from harm. In this book you'll learn all about these and other crustaceous creatures, for whom a shell is just the rig
Paperback, 32 pages
Published April 22nd 1994 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 1994)
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Zoe Lampman
What Lives in a Shell? by Kathleen Weider Zoehfeld, is a non-fiction book about animals that live in shells, such as land snails, turtles, hermit crabs, clams, and scallops. The book explains that an animal's shell is like it's home in that it lives in it and it protects their soft bodies. It describes how some animal's shells grow along with them and how others leave their shells and move into larger, empty ones. Crab shells are likened to strong armor. Scallops use their shells to swim by open ...more
Julie Graham 47150
I like this book a lot. We learn about many different habitats in first grade (desert, rain forest, caves, ocean, etc.). One week we read fictional stories about hermit crabs and non-fiction books about many kinds of animals that live in shells. In our science station they get to look at a tub of shells with magnifying glasses and try to find the names of those shells by looking at several books aboout shells. One of my favorites is "The Shell Book" by Barbara Hirsch Lember because it has such b ...more
Chelsea Bucci
For any students, that are curious what a shell is, this is a great resource. The story discusses different types of shells and its characteristics. An animal makes a shell to use as its home. Students can relate to this because they have homes as well. Other animals have different homes such as tunnels, nests, and caves. Snails live in shells and they take these homes with them. As the snail grows, the shell grows with it. The purpose of some shells is to keep the animal safe. The author then d ...more
Kim T.
This book was such a sensational tool. I used it for an educational unit with my kids, and it was received very, very well. The content was just right for young minds. The details were interesting and the accompanying pictures were excellent. I loved this and could easily see myself referring to it again.
May 08, 2013 Lindsey rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: k-3
After I came back from my brother's wedding from Costa Rica to my land-locked classroom, I handed out shells to my students that I collected on the beach. Most of them had never see the ocean before; yet, they wanted to learn more about it. So, we read What Live in a Shell? and discovered, together, creatures who use shells for homes. I used the doc cam so that my students were able to more clearly see the illustrations which generated more discussion around what the students wanted to learn mor ...more
Brigid Keely
"What Lives In A Shell" is a book about shells and the animals that live in them. Some live on land, some live on water. Some are large, some are small. This early science book, designed for pre-k and kindergarteners, is a nice introduction to shelled animals. The text, and sentences, are short and engaging and the illustrations are clear and attractive. The book stands up well to repeat reads. It's a great introduction to science book. I'm very pleased with this series.
Apr 03, 2013 Karley added it
Shelves: ece-3601, science
This text would be a fun read aloud when studying marine life and shells. Great use of vocabulary, and vibrant illustrations throughout. There are great diagrams and labels too.
Andrea Retana
This would be a significant book to read aloud when teaching a science lesson about marine life and shells. It has a variety of vocabulary and beautiful illustration. Grade K-2.
Deborah Harris
Dec 15, 2013 Deborah Harris added it
Shelves: a14, ar-2
AR Quiz No. 41751 EN Nonfiction
Accelerated Reader Quiz Information IL: LG - BL: 2.8 - AR Pts: 0.5
Accelerated Reader Quiz Type Information AR Quiz Types: RP
Expertly written. Engaging. Beautiful illustrations. Intelligently evolving. Excellent science book turned "picture book".
Gina Starling

Give a lesson on animals that carry their own house with them. Turtles, Snails, and others.
Stephanie Ung
Students can learn about the different shelters and environment other living creatures live in.
Love this and all the "read and find out science" books
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Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld is the award-winning author of more than sixty books for children, including DINOSAUR TRACKS, "a great choice for even the most discriminating dinophiles" (School Library Journal); DID DINOSAURS HAVE FEATHERS?, a Children's Book of the Month Club selection, described as "fascinating" by Kirkus Reviews; and DINOSAURS BIG AND SMALL, a 2003 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book ...more
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