by Pamela Brunskill
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.
Beetles with BrawnMelissa Stewart
In the informational text "Beetles with Brawn," Melissa Stewart describes the strength of rhinoceros beetles.Pair “Beetles with Brawn” with “Flopping Frogs” to have students compare how scientists learn about the creatures they study. In “Beetles with Brawn,” what experiments did Rodger Kram do to learn more about rhinoceros beetles? What experiments did Dr. Rick Essner do to learn more about tailed frogs? How do scientists learn more about the world around them?
The Elephant and the CrocodileH. Berkeley Score
In H. Berkely Score's fable "The Elephant and the Crocodile," an Elephant and a Crocodile complete a task to see which is the better animal.Pair “The Elephant and the Crocodile” with “Flopping Frogs” and have students think about how animals’ differences help them survive. What does the Lion teach the animals in “The Elephant and the Crocodile”? Is it better for a frog to hop, like many frogs do, or belly-flop, like the tailed frog? How does being different help animals survive?
The Secret of My SuccessLiz Huyck
In "The Secret of My Success," a funny cockroach explains what makes their species so adaptable, having been around since before the dinosaurs and still going strong.Pair “Flopping Frogs” with “The Secret of My Success” and have students think about how both frogs and cockroaches have adapted in order to survive. According to “Flopping Frogs,” why does the tailed frog belly-flop? How did this adaptation help them survive? According to “The Secret of My Success,” what adaptations do cockroaches have that makes them more likely to survive? How do both texts show that living things change to better live in their environments?