by BirdBrain Science
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.
Genetically Modified Salmon: Food or 'Frankenfish'?
- Monique Conrod
This article reports on a new yet controversial technology that makes it possible for companies to raise genetically modified salmon that grow very fast.Pair “Genetically Modified Salmon: Food or ‘Frankenfish’?” with “Strength in Numbers” and ask students to classify the organisms in the article. How does classifying the organisms give them a better understanding of their role in the world?
Can’t We All Just Get Along?
- BirdBrain Science
This informational text discusses the diverse interactions of organisms that can be mutually beneficial.Pair "Strength in Numbers" with "Can't We All Just Get Along" and ask students to explore some of the ways that members of the same species and members of different species work together.
Play, Play Again
- Ellen Braaf
In the informational text “Play, Play Again,” Ellen Braaf discusses why animals play and how it might benefit them.Pair “Strength in Numbers” with “Play, Play Again” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore how animals interact with each other. How do the benefits of animals living together compare to the benefits of animals playing together? How do students think playing could help animals develop the skills for living in a population or a community?
Of Feathers, Fat, and Freezing
- Donna DeVoe DiFolco
In the informational text, “Of Feathers, Fat, and Freezing,” Donna DeVoe DiFolco discusses how chickadees are able to survive freezing temperatures.Pair “Strength in Numbers” with “Of Feathers, Fat, and Freezing” and ask students to discuss why they think chickadees choose to spend cold nights alone. Do students think that chickadees would be more likely to survive in groups during the winter? Why or why not?
Too Many Vegetables
- Karen DelleCava
In Karen DelleCava’s short story “Too Many Vegetables” Patrick and his dad give the extra zucchinis from their garden to their neighbors.Pair “Strength in Numbers with “Too Many Vegetables” and ask students to discuss how the characters in “Too Many Vegetables” acted like organisms as they are described in “Strength in Numbers.” How is their community similar to the different groups discussed for the organisms? How are they different? How do people affect other people in a community like bees affecting flowers and bears?