by Lori Wollerman Nelson
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.
From Pit to Pond
- Wendy Hobday Haugh
In the memoir “From Pit to Pond,” Wendy Hobday Haugh describes turning a pit in her backyard into a pond.Pair “From Pit to Pond” with “Life in a Vernal Pool” and ask students to compare the pond and vernal pool described in the two texts. How is a pond different from a vernal pool? What similar animals live in ponds and vernal pools? Would a permanent pond be a good place for salamanders and frogs to lay their eggs? Why or why not?
They Need Fire!
- Buffy Silverman
In the informational text “They Need Fire!” Buffy Silverman discusses how some plants and animals benefit from forest fires.Pair “They Need Fire!” with “Life in a Vernal Pool” to provide students with information about some plants and animals that need fire. Ask students to discuss why some beetles lay their eggs in recently burned trees. Why do some amphibians lay their eggs in vernal pools? Why are fires and vernal pools good for the forest?