by Gail Jarrow and Paul Sherman
We've identified these texts as great options for text pairings based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style. Supplement your lesson with one or more of these options and challenge students to compare and contrast the texts. To assign a paired text, click on the text to go to its page and click the "Assign Text" button there.
Can Trees Talk?Leeann Zouras
In "Can Trees Talk?," the author explains how trees share information with each other.Pair “Can Trees Talk?” with “Are Animals Inventors?” and have students take notes on how living things create ways to help themselves succeed. How have the trees in “Can Trees Talk?” found a way to help themselves thrive? How have the animals in “Are Animals Inventors?”
Today's TelephoneBarbara Radner
"Today's Telephone" explores the progression of technology before, during, and after Alexander Graham Bell's invention of the modern telephone.Pair “Today’s Telephone” with “Are Animals Inventors?” and have students think about how inventions improve life for people and animals. How did the invention of the telephone improve life for people in “Today’s Telephone”? What inventions do animals make in “Are Animals Inventors?” How do these inventions improve life for the animals? Can you think of any other inventions that people have made that have made life better?
The Crow and the PitcherAesop
In this fable of Aesop, a thirsty crow is desperate for a drink of water.Pair “The Crow and the Pitcher” with “Are Animals Inventors?” and have students think about how the Crow in “The Crow and the Pitcher” and animals in “Are Animals Inventors” use natural resources to solve problems. When the Crow in “The Crow and the Pitcher” has a problem, how do they solve it? What did the ravens do in “Are Animals Inventors?” to solve their problem? What does this show about crows and ravens?
Crows Never Forget A FacePatricia Nikolina Clark
In "Crows Never Forget a Face," Dr. John Marzluff has shown that crows can recognize faces and pass information to other crows.Pair “Are Animals Inventors?” with “Crows Never Forget a Face” to have students learn more about the amazing things that corvins, like crows and ravens, can do. What has Dr. Bernd Heinrich learned about ravens in “Are Animals Inventors?” What does this show about how ravens communicate? Based on what you learned in “Crows Never Forget a Face” how do you think that the other ravens learned to solve the problem? Why?
Choosing SidesSue Heavenrich
In "Choosing Sides," the author explains how scientists study animals to see if they are "left-handed" or "right-handed" like humans.Pair “Are Animals Inventors?” with “Choosing Sides” and ask students to discuss the ways that scientists learn about animals. What do the scientists in “Are Animals Inventors?” and “Choosing Sides” want to learn about animals? How do scientists try to answer their questions in both texts? What do they learn as a result of their research?
Now Don't Move for 8 HoursJesse Sullivan
In "Now Don't Move for 8 Hours," Jesse Sullivan explains the history of the camera.Pair “Are Animals Inventors?” with “Now Don’t Move for 8 Hours” and ask students to compare animal and human inventions. What types of inventions do animals create according to “Are Animals Inventors?” How did the camera get invented according to “Now Don’t Move for 8 Hours”? Do humans and animals invent things for different reasons or similar reasons? Use evidence from the texts to support your answer.
From Sap to SyrupLaura Sassi
In "From Sap to Syrup," Laura Sassi describes how Native Americans learned to make syrup by observing red squirrels.Pair “Are Animals Inventors?” with “From Sap to Syrup” and ask students to notice how both texts show that humans can learn by observing animals. What do the different animals do to solve their problems in “Are Animals Inventors”? What did the Native Americans learn from watching the red squirrels in “From Sap to Syrup”? What do both texts teach readers about stopping and noticing nature? What can we learn from watching how animals solve problems? Consider having students look out the window or take a quick walk outside to make observations about nature. Ask students to write down their observations and what they learned from them.