Lovely Beasts will get students thinking about the wonder of biodiversity and how animals, like anything else, can be misunderstood. What do students know and what can they learn about the wildlife in their own community? To help students more fully understand the beauty, uniqueness, and value of local wildlife, take them on a walking field trip to a park or plan a visit to a nearby natural area to observe and identify local birds, animals, and insects. Get students working to help change perceptions of wild creatures in their community by:
What were you most surprised to learn about these animals?
What things do you think about animas based on how they look?
What other descriptive words would you use to describe the different animals in this book?
What does it mean to look at something from a different perspective?
Lovely Beasts Discussion Guide from HarperCollins
Book Kit for Lovely Beasts from the 2020 Beehive Book Awards
Animal Riddles lesson plan from Creative Educator
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Germs: Fact and Fiction, Friends and Foes by Lesa Cline-Ransome
The Hidden Life of a Toad by Doug Wechsler
Misunderstood Shark by Ame Dyckman
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